Prior to the launch
of The Sikhism Home Page four years ago, there were no web sites about
Sikhs or Sikhism on the Internet. Over the years I have seen the rapid
expansion of Sikhism related web sites. Below
is a short list of my favorite web sites and resources out there. This
is my list of 'essential' web sites on Sikhism to visit and I hope that
you enjoy them as much as I do. The list is in alphabetical order and
will be regularly reviewed and updated.
Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee
This site is the
home of the inspiring daily Hukamnama direct from the Golden Temple
every day. The Hukamnama appears in original Gurmukhi as well as English
translation. The other unique feature of this web site is the complete
version of Sri Guru Granth Sahib in Gurmukhi. A table of contents would
be helpful though, but it's still a great resource.
Sikh Warriors by Sandeep S. Bajwa
Want to know about
Sikh history in the post Guru period. Read about and be inspired by
the countless great Sikh heroes over the centuries. Some of the pages
are heavy downloads though because of the number of pictures and their
Global Trading Co.
Need to order some
books on Sikhism, a Translation of Sri Guru Granth Sahib? Nahal is the
place. Not the cheapest or the only Sikh bookseller around but certainly
the most convenient by far. The on-line catalogue is very extensive
and the books are shipped around the world.
Sikh Welfare Council by Harpreet Singh Anand
A great organization
but not the greatest looking web site. Hidden in one of the categories
though is a real jewel of a reference. A listing of Gurdwaras and Sikh
Organizations around the world broken down by country. Need to find
a Gurdwara, this is the first place to look.
Missionary College by Ranbir Kaur
A busy web site with
a lot going on. It's worth exploring the many nooks and crannies of
the entire site. There's lots of good reading material here, especially
the on-line books. One of my favorites is 'Order of the Day' which explains
many of the Daily Hukamnamas in great detail.
Religion by Sikh Missionary Center
Want to read a good
book about Sikhism and what it's all about. Why not read one on the
net? This is a really good, well written book on Sikhism which has been
converted into a web site.
by Gurumustuk Singh Khalsa
This site is as close
to a real virtual Sikh community as you can get. Listen to Kirtan music,
check Sikh matrimonials or job ads, have an online or newsgroup chat
with other Sikhs around the world, and lots more. It's really a fun
web site to visit.
(Sikh Media Action & Resource Taskforce)
One of the really
valuable resources here is the on-line Legal Database of Sikh related
court rulings across the United States. If you are a Sikh facing discrimination
in the States, this should be your lawyers first stop. Another good
feature here is the Hate Crime Registration form, which any Sikh can
fill in to mobilize SMART on their behalf if they have been a victim
Durbar by Amandeep Singh
This site is an amazing
time machine. It contains rare and never before seen photographs of
Sikh over the last 150 years. Look into the eyes of Sikhs over a century
ago or pictures of Sikh soldiers being executed by a Japanese firing
squad in World War II. Priceless pieces of our heritage which we never
even knew existed!
Sikhism by Prof. Devinder Singh Chahal
The articles on this
web site sure make for some very interesting and controversial reading.
Although I don't agree with the Dr. Chahal on everything he writes,
his articles on defining Sikhism 'scientifically' do provide some invaluable
insights and a new frame of reference.
Sri Hemkunt Sahib by Heather Michaud
A beautifully done
website about Gurdwara Hemkunt Sahib located high up in the Himilayas.
Even if you've never had the urge to travel, looking at the beautiful
pictures of the journey and scenery makes you want to go there. It must
be made quite clear though that this Gurdwara has no historical significance
as it is a modern entity whose location was arbitrarily chosen. Also
the worship of past lives, or religious pilgrimages are not a part of
Sikhism and the Gurus condemned them. It's still a beautiful location
for a Gurdwara and a well done site.
and Sikhlink Email Mailing Lists
Cybersikh and Sikhlink
are two wonderful forums for learning and discussions. Both of these
are free, non-commercial email mailing lists which are open to everyone
to join. By subscribing to either one of these you will receive emails
from Sikhs around the world. Both are a wonderful resource of vibrant
and lively discussions and a source of learning and inspiration. People
interested in joining Cybersikh should contact
firstname.lastname@example.org , to join SikhLink contact email@example.com
A reference CD which
every Sikh should own, and the best part is that it is not being sold
for profit but is virtually free. The CD contains Microsoft Word files
of the entire Sri Guru Granth Sahib in English by Dr. Sant Singh Khalsa
which many consider the best English translation so far, as well as
in original Gurmukhi. The CD also includes Gurmukhi fonts for Windows
and other good reference material in both English and Punjabi. For more
information write to: Sikh Center of Orange County, 2530 W. Warner Avenue,
Santa Ana, California 92704 (Attention: Dr. Tarlochan Singh), phone
Dr. Tarlochan Singh at (714) 280-1430 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
or order the CD on-line through a web