My journey through the lens led me to the captivating world of Sikhs, a community deeply rooted in spirituality and altruism. It all began in Pushkar, Rajasthan, during myfirst trip to India, where I found myself entranced by the profound beliefs and practices of Sikhism. The intrigue only deepened as I continued my photographic exploration in the revered Golden Temple of Amritsar and the bustling streets of Delhi.
Sikhism, founded by Guru Nanak in the 15th century, is more than just a religion; it’s a way of life devoted to breaking the shackles of the unjust caste system. At its core, Sikhism advocates for selfless service, emphasizing the significance of contributing to society and standing as protectors of the vulnerable, tirelessly striving for equity and justice.
One of the remarkable facets of Sikhism lies in its hospitality and inclusivity. In every temple, irrespective of one’s creed, visitors are not merely welcomed; they are embraced. The spirit of langar, a community kitchen, epitomizes Sikh generosity. Here, anyone in need is offered not just a free meal but a warm place to stay, embodying the essence of selfless service and unconditional love, keys for dismantling societal barriers and fostering a world where compassion and unity prevail.
As my camera captured these moments of profound kindness and devotion, I found myself drawn to the core principles of Sikhism: equality, humility, and the unwavering commitment to serving humanity.