GURUPURAB FESTIVAL - GOLDEN TEMPLE - AMRITSAR

Sikhism, 23 million, is the fifth world religion in number of followers, about 19 of which are concentrated in Punjab, a small state in northwest India, bordering Pakistan. Sikhism was born as a response to the Hindu caste system in the late s. XV, and try to combine the best of Hinduism and Islam. Considers all people equal, regardless of race, sex or religion. Without doubt, this exaltation of equality is what has allowed them greater opening up and modernization faster.

In November, the Sikhs, the "bearded turbaned", commemorate the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev, founder of Sikhism. Thousands of devotees come from different regions of India as well as several foreign countries, a pilgrimage to the Golden Temple, the holiest monument to celebrate the full moon day of Kartika, purified in the holy waters of the pool of Amrit Sarovar (pool of nectar of immortality). A perfect marriage between beauty and mysticism that will stir even the most skeptical.

For three days, the priests recite a song uninterrupted, from beginning to end, the Granth Saheb, the holy book of Sikhs. For the occasion, decorate the huge temple complex with thousands of light bulbs and the exhibition will host numerous celebrations of gurus. But the hospitality and good nature of the Sikhs which undoubtedly highlight above all.

Outside the temple, processions take place many children's orchestras they played hymns and displayed the Gatka parties, mock combat with traditional weapons and costumes that are passed from generation to generation. All the Sikh community participate in this great sacred festival, providing services and sharing chores, meals, prayers ... regardless of caste, class or religion of the visitor, as was the desire of the Guru Nanak Dev, founder of Sikhism.

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