Sikh Warriors of Gold

The Sikhs have a reputation throughout India as fierce warriors. The guards at the Golden Temple reinforce this perception. Dressed in yellow tunics and often carrying spears, the guards are scattered throughout the temple grounds and the pilgrims hostel. Colors … Continued

A Meal to Remember (Complements of the Sikh)

Hunger and inequality breed many societal problems. Each culture and religion confronts these issue in different ways, but Sikh altruism resolves to address these issues through a full belly (yours). At the Golden Temple (and other Sikh temples) a kitchen … Continued

Blessed by 750 Golden Kilos

Honey-soaked sun rays burnish the burly men with bushy beards and stout bellies as they walk amidst the temple’s golden glow, its 750 kilograms of gold shimmering like a terrestrial sun. As the Sikh religion’s holiest site, Harmandir Sahib (Temple … Continued

Holy Rats and other Desert Surprises

Scalding winds burn through the Thar desert, the empty, hostile land of Rajasthan, India’s largest state known as the Land of Kings. It’s a place where Sikh maharajas with handlebar moustaches lived in desert fortresses to defeat raiders and protect … Continued