<!---PLEASE NOTE INDIAN SIKHS ARE NOT AN ETHNIC GROUP, INFOBOX USED FOR DEMOGRAPHIC DATA--->Sikhism
is India's fourth-largest religion
and has existed for over 500 years, beginning with the birth of its founder Guru Nanak Dev
. The Sikhs are predominately located in Punjab
, but also in many other parts of India.
The birth of the Sikh religion
About 2% of India's population are Sikhs. Traditionally the men keep their hair and do not shave their beard or moustache. They gather the hair on their head in a turban.Sikhism is comparatively a new religion in India. This religion was established by Guru Nanak
. Nanak was born into a Hindu family in 1469 in the Punjab region
. Since childhood he loved to travel, learn and preach humanity. In those days people who taught and preached were titled Guru meaning teacher, his followers became to be known as Sikhs meaning learners.The creators of Sikhism tried to abolish some of the Indian customs such as the caste system
- burning of the widow. In Sikhism everyone has equal rights irrespective of caste, creed, color, race, sex or religion. Sikhism rejects pilgrimage, fasting, superstitions and other such rituals. Sikhism does not have a clergy class as it considers this as a gateway to corruption. However, they have readers and singers in their temples.
Prominent Sikhs in India
Though Sikhs are a small minority in India, the community occupies a significant place in the country. The Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan......