Sikhism and military history are closely intertwined. Beginning with the Sixth Guru Hargobind (1606-1644), the concept of temporal power combined with spiritual guidance took root as this faith sought freedom of worship against discriminatory policies in India at that time. The Tenth Guru Gobind Singh (1675-1708) stated, “When all efforts to restore peace prove useless and no words avail, lawful is the flash of steel, it is right to draw the sword.” The order of the Khalsa, once formalized, has prevailed to the present time as a political and a religious institution.
Saintly Soldiers of the Sikh Faith is organized by Phoenix Art Museum. It is made possible through the generosity of donors to the Museum’s annual fund.
Emily Eden, Akalees or Immortals, 1844. Hand-painted chromolithograph on paper. The Khanuja Family.
Shield, 1854 – 1856. Metal. The Khanuja Family.
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