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Sikh Pilgrimage

The world is a home to various religions, which are strictly followed by its devotees. There are various types of religions like Hinduism, Christianity, Islam, Sikhism and many more. Talking about Sikhism, it is the 5th largest religion in the whole world. Sikhism was founded by Guru Nanak Dev and is based on the teachings of Guru Nanak Dev and the nine other gurus. The term Sikhism sprang up from the word Sikh, which further came from the Sanskrit term Sisya i.e. a disciple. People following the religion of Sikhism are known as Sikh. There are around 23 million Sikhs all over the world. Sikh visits the Gurudwaras, which are a place of worship for the Sikh people.

There are various gurudwaras all over the world, each of them having their own importance. People from far off places visit such Gurudwaras so as attain the peace of mind as well as soul. All these journeys overtaken by the Sikhs in order to visit the holy sites is termed as Sikh pilgrimage. Various pilgrimages are organized by Sikh people from time to time. All these Sikh pilgrimages are undertaken in a certain part of the year. The Sikh pilgrimages may be performed through various means like vehicles, horses or even walking. There are various Sikh pilgrimage places, which listed below according to the countries in which they are situated.

Sikh Pilgrimages in India India is the base of the Sikhism and the state of Punjab is full of Sikhs. There are various places all over India that are frequently visited by people from all around the globe. Some of the chief places are listed below.

  • Golden Temple (Amritsar) - It is the chief pilgrimage place of the Sikh people and is situated in the city of Amritsar. It is also known as Darbar Sahib or Sri Harmandir Sahib and is the symbol of glory of the Sikh community. One can wash away his/her sins by having a dip in the holy waters of The Golden Temple.
  • Hemkund Sahib - It is located near the Lokpal lake and it is believed that Guru Gobind Singh meditated here near the lake.
  • Anandpur Sahib - It is the 2nd most important pilgrimage place of the Sikhs. It was founded by Guru Teg Bahadur Ji.

In addition, there are various other Sikh pilgrimage places like Damdama Sahib, Patna Sahib, Manikaran, Poanta Sahib and many more.

Sikh Pilgrimages in Pakistan There are various important Sikh pilgrimage sites in Pakistan too. They are Nankana Sahib, Panja Sahib, and Dehra Sahib Etc. Nanakana Sahib is the most important as it is the birth place of Guru Nanak Dev.

Excluding the above, there are various other Sikh pilgrimages sites located all over the globe and are vastly visited by the Sikh devotees.

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