Gurdwara Guru Nanak Darbar

Sikh Temple - Fishers, IN

Sikhs at a Glance

  • 99 percent of people wearing turbans in the U.S. are Sikhs from India
  • Sikhs  have been in the U.S. for over 100 years
  • There are roughly 700,000 Sikhs in the U.S. today
  • Sikhism is the world’s fifth largest religion with 25 million adherents worldwide
  • Sikhs believe in one God, equality, freedom of religion, and community service
  • Sikhs cover their uncut hair with a turban
  • The Sikh turban represents a commitment to equality and justice
  • Sikhism is a distinct religion, separate from Hinduism and Islam

Sikh Temple, Fishers IN. “Who are Sikhs? What is Sikhism?” Sat. 25 May. 2016.


The word Sikh means 'disciple' or 'learner.' The Sikh religion was founded in Northern India in the fifteenth century by Guru Nanak Dev Ji and is distinct from Islam and Hinduism.  Sikhism is monotheistic and stresses the equality of all men and women.  Sikhs believe in three basic principles; meditating on the name of God (praying), earning a living by honest means as well as sharing the fruits of one’s labor with others.  Sikhism rejects caste and class systems and emphasizes service to humanity. 
Turbans are worn to cover our long hair and with respect to God.  Learn to recognize a Sikh turban.
Sikhshaveunshornhair,beards and moustaches.  The Sikh faith teaches us the humanitarian principles of freedom, equality, and justice - the same principles this great democracy is founded on.  There are about 25 million Sikhs in the world.  Sikhs have been in the United States for over 100 years.  Sikhism recognizes the universal truths that underlie all human endeavors, religions and belief systems.  The universal nature of the Sikh way of life reaches out to people of all faiths and cultural backgrounds, encouraging us to see beyond our differences and to work together for world peace and harmony.