- Title: Devotees mark foundation day of temporal body of Sikhs in India with prayers
- Date: 1st July 2020
- Summary: DEVOTEES SEATED (SOUNDBITE) (Punjabi) SHIROMANI GURDWARA PARBANDHAK COMMITTEE (MANAGEMENT BODY OF SIKH SHRINES) PRESIDENT, GOBIND SINGH LONGOWAL, SAYING: "Sri Guru Hargobind Sahib (sixth Guru of Sikhs) who wore Miri-Piri (two swords representing political and spiritual authority), established the Akal Takht (highest temporal body of Sikhs), on its foundation day I congratulate all the devotees." VARIOUS OF PRIEST CHANTING PRAYERS AS OTHERS STAND DEVOTEES STANDING WITH FOLDED HANDS PRIEST PERFORMING RITUAL AS OTHER FANS THE HOLY BOOK OF SIKHISM, "GURU GRANTH SAHIB"
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- Keywords: Akal Takht Golden Temple India Sikhs devotees prayers temporal body of Sikhs
- Location: AMRITSAR, PUNJAB, INDIA
- City: AMRITSAR, PUNJAB, INDIA
- Country: India
- Topics: Religion/Belief,Society/Social Issues
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- Story Text: Sikh devotees in India's northern Amritsar city marked the foundation day of temporal body of Sikhs, Akal Takht on Wednesday (July 1).
Devotees gathered at the holiest shrine of Sikhism, the Golden Temple, to offer prayers and attend the ceremony, where hymns were sung and respects were paid to their holy book, "Guru Granth Sahib" to mark the auspicious occasion.
Situated in the Golden Temple complex, the Akal Takht was established by the sixth Guru, Guru Hargobind, as a place where temporal issues of the community members could be taken into consideration.
Sikhs in India form about two per cent of over 1.25 billion population and are largely concentrated in the northern Indian state of Punjab and national capital New Delhi.
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