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<!-- Deleted image removed: -->Namdhari (also known as Kukas) are a sect of Sikhism. The main difference between Namdhari Sikhs and mainstream Sikhs is their belief in Jagjit Singh as their living Guru (as opposed to the Guru Granth Sahib, the present Guru of Sikhs). Other differences include being: strict vegetarians; placing equal importance between the Guru Granth Sahib (Adi Granth) and the Dasam Granth (the holy book written by the 10th Guru, Guru Gobind Singh).

Namdhari Sikhs are also very well known in the classical musical circles, producing stellar classical music artists like the Grammy award winning tabla player Sukhwinder Singh (Pinky)

Appearance

Namdharis are easily recognized by their practice of wearing white homespun clothing and by their method of tying the turban horizontally across the forehead. Around their necks they wear a white woolen cord (mala), woven as a series of 108 knots and serving as a rosary.

Leaders

Namdhari Sikhs believe fully in all Sikh Gurus from Sri Guru Nanak Dev ji onwards and respect both Sri Aad and Dasam Guru's Granth Sahibs equally. Namdharis believe, as per the scholar Bhai Kahn Singh Nabha's narration, that Sri Guru Gobind Singh lived for 146 years (1666–1812) , eventually bestowing the succession on Balak Singh of Hazro in 1812. Thus, Balak Singh became the 1st Namdhari Leader for the Namdharis.

His successor, the 2nd Namdhari Leader, Ram Singh...
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