KS2 Religious Studies - What is Sikhism?

This film is from the series My Life, My Religion - Sikhism available on BBC Teach.

Simran describes how the Sikh faith was started by Guru Nanak over five hundred years ago in the Punjab region of India.

She explains that Sikhs call God ‘Waheguru’ and when they pray they believe their prayers are heard in the heavenly court.

When she was 7, Simran visited The Golden Temple, also known as ‘Harimandir Sahib’, in Amritsar, north India. She describes what a significant experience this was for her.

She outlines how equality of all people is an important part of the Sikh religion. We visit a Gurdwara, or temple, where this belief in equality is expressed in all kinds of ways - everyone does the washing up, everyone is encouraged to volunteer and all people sit and eat together at the Gurdwara kitchen, called the Langar.

Simran also talks about the Guru Granth Sahib, the Sikh scripture. She says it is unusual among holy texts because as well as containing the teachings of the Ten Sikh Gurus, some of it was written by Muslims and some by Hindus. No human Guru is needed today as the Guru Granth Sahib is the ‘eternal teacher’.

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