The Golden Temple (also known as Harmandir Sahib, lit. "abode of God" (Punjabi pronunciation: [ɦəɾᵊmən̪d̪əɾᵊ saːɦ(ɪ) or Darbār Sahib, meaning "exalted court" (Punjabi pronunciation: [d̪əɾᵊbaːɾᵊ saːɦ(ɪ)bᵊ])) is a gurdwara located in the city of Amritsar, Punjab, India. It is the preeminent spiritual site of Sikhism.
The gurdwara is built around a man-made pool (sarovar) that was completed by the fourth Sikh Guru, Guru Ram Das, in 1577. Guru Arjan, the fifth Guru of Sikhism, requested Sai Mir Mian Mohammed, a Muslim Pir of Lahore, to lay its foundation stone in 1589
(1648–1718) was a Sikh, verbatim disciple, of Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji and was requested to establish the Sevapanthi or Addanshahi order of the Sikhs by Guru Gobind Singh Ji. He was known for pouring water for all the wounded members of the battlefield no matter whether they were Sikhs or fighting against the Sikhs.
During the frequent sallies and skirmishes between the Sikhs and the enemy, Bhai Kanhaiya was often seen carrying a mashak (a sort of pouch made of goat's skin that was used to carry water from one place to another), to serve water to anyone who was thirsty. He took upon the task of quenching the thirst of the wounded soldiers in the battle of Anandpur Sahib in 1704. He did this sewa with love and affection without any discrimination between the Guru's Sikh soldiers and the Mughal armies' soldiers
An exceptionally skilled women warrior saint, who lead the Sikh army against the Mughals in 1705.
She is known for gathering the “40 muktas “ who abandoned Guru Gobind Singh ji at the siege of Anandpur Sahib and bringing them back to fight .
Shaheed Baba Deep Singh Ji is one of most honored martyrs of Sikh history
In his second battle against the Mughal force, Baba ji was beheaded but continued to fight with his head on the palm of his hand.
He had vowed to die in the precincts of the Harimandir Sahib( Golden Temple) and kept his promise
The spot where Baba Deep Singh's head fell is marked in the Golden Temple complex, and Sikhs from around the world pay their respects there. Baba Deep Singh's Khanda (double-edged sword), which he used in his final battle, is still preserved at Akal Takht, first of the five centers of temporal Sikh authority.
A persian word meaning a sword or a kirpan.
Kirpan (from kirpa: mercy and aan: honour) symbolises power and freedom of spirit, and is a reminder to Sikhs to fight injustice and oppression, but is not to be used as an instrument of violence.
“The way blue ocean water is a reflection of the sky, your actions are a reflection of your thoughts . “ Amal Gade
Our thoughts are reflected by our actions, like the reflection of swords in this painting, that’s what I tried to depict.
After religious services are held, people begin a day of celebration.
They wear colorful, traditional clothes as they take part in parades through the streets. There is lots of singing, dancing and chanting of hymns.
Everyone in the community, no matter how rich or poor they are, would come together to sing, dance and celebrate.
This painting reflects the pairing of the drums (Dhol) that accompanies the dancers. In such dances (Bhangra) the men typically wear very colorful and elaborate turbans.
Turban is my crown which does not let me fall down. Sikhs consider the turban or Pagg to be their honor (shaan). Among Sikhs, the turban (dastar or pagg) is an article of faith which represents equality, honor, self respect, courage, spirituality and piety. It is regarded as a unique part of the sikh identity. It is not uncommon for family members(wives, sisters, brothers) to help with tying the Pagg. In this painting we see she is helping him put his crown on..
Mehndi Night precedes the Sikh Wedding,
It is a custom which is performed before the marriage where in the bride gets Henna on her hands and feet and is often considered as a jewel without physically being jeweled and it lasts as long as any other henna but the one for marriage functions lasts longer.
Followed by the colorful music and dance specially from the Northern part of India makes it even more colorful.
I love Art because I feel it has as the power to bring out the best in people, the similarities of different cultures.
I believe my paintings are an assimilation of Indian and Mexican culture. Each of these paintings take months to make, are hand painted acrylic on canvas .
I am Gurinder Preet Kaur a Sikh painter, Indian born US citizen living in Mexico City. I have been painting under the guidance of
Mexican muralist Ismael Ramos .
Painting is something which I love to do and am passionate about , I like to work with acrylic paints and at times experiment with mixed medium. For me painting is my way of communication, to express my feelings.