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Monday, January 09, 2012

Adventures in India, Part 8 -- The Sikh Temple

Our next stop was at Gurdwara Sis Ganj Sahib, the most prominent Sikh place of worship in Delhi. It marks the site on which the Ninth Sikh Guru, Tegh Bahadur, was beheaded on the orders of Mughal emperor Aurangzeb, for his refusal to convert to Islam and where his severed head [Sis] was cremated by his disciples.

The entrance to the temple.

Welcome! Here we were required to remove both our shoes and socks, much to the disgust of "She".

A pilgrim praying near the entrance.

Pilgrims inside the temple hearing the reading of "the book" -- Adi Granth, a collection of hymns and devotional poetry that is considered by Sikhs to be the ultimate spiritual authority.

The sacred pond, blessed by the Ninth Guru. Supposedly it  has healing powers.

Catfish in the sacred pond.

A temple guard taking a break. He has his traditional garb -- shorts, turban, sword, uncut hair and beard, etc. We saw a lot of this sort of thing in India -- people taking a nap on public streets or on temple grounds. What concerned me about this guy is the fact that he seems to be lying in a stream of water.

Then it was off for another shopping opportunity. This time it was a rug merchant. He put on quite a show and suckered some of us into buying his wares.

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