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date: 30 November 2020

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There are numerous objects, practices, and organizations that could be properly considered under the heading ‘Sikh Institutions’. This entry focuses on the gurdwara (dharamsala)—the Sikh institution par excellence and epitome of Sikh sacred space—and a selection of the affiliated institutions that developed alongside it. This article links the gurdwara to notions of sangat and Guru, and to the institutions of langar and the nishan sahib. The article sketches both the identity and historical development of the gurdwara as the nexus of the spiritual, social, and political dimensions of Sikh life. The place of karah prasad, miri-piri, and the Akal Takht are brought into the discussion.

Keywords: dharamsala, sangat, Guru, langar, nishan sahib, karah prasad, miri-piri, Akal Takht

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