Their much publicised martial tendencies were symbolically demonstrated Nov 26 as 750,000 Sikhs in Delhi paraded to celebrate the birthday of Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism, born 1469.
Top GV. CRO OF SIKHS.
STV. FORMING A PROCESSION.
SV.PAN ONE OF THE "FLOATS".
STV. GIRLS IN PROCESSION.
SV.PAN 2 RIDERS ON CAMELS.
LV. SPECTATORS ON BUILDING.
SV.PAN SPECTATORS OFFERING FLOWERS IN HOMAGE TO THE HOLY BOOK "GRANTH SAHIS".
LV. 2 SIKHS - FIGHTING MOCK BATTLE WITH SWORDS.
LV. PART OF THE PROCESSION.
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Background: Their much publicised martial tendencies were symbolically demonstrated Nov 26 as 750,000 Sikhs in Delhi paraded to celebrate the birthday of Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism, born 1469.
As the carriage bearing the Holy Book 'Granth Sahib' came past at the van of a 4 hrs procession, the crowds exchanged symbolic gifts of flowers in homage.
Guru Nanak (his name means 'he who was born in the house of his mother's parents'), a contemporary of Martin Luther, was born at Talwandi, Lahore, of the Kshatri family. The Kshatris were formidable spiritual rivals to the Brahmins. Early Sikhism was a dissent from Brahmanical Hinduism, sternly monotheistic, teaching the worthlessness of religious vestments, of ostentatious prayer, pilgrimages, and penances. Nanak's spiritual successor Guru Angad founded 'Gurmukhi', the script used by Sikhs. Guru Arjan, tortured to death (so it is said) in 1606 was the founder of the present character of Sikhism. To his son Har Govind he left a behest to maintain the throne of the Sikhs with arms. Har Govind substituted a swordbelt for the necklace in the regalia (a far cry from Nanak's beliefs) and thus began the militant aspect of Sikhism demonstrated in Delhi Nov 26.