Total USA Adherents: 500,000 + [Source: The Sikh Coalition]
Total Canada Adherents: 455,000 + [Source: 2011 Canada Census]
Demographics for Sikhs in the United States is difficult to determine, as sources range from 300,000 to 700,000. Canada demographics are much more firm, as the 2011 Census affirms over 455,000 Sikhs. (Read More - a very good overview of Sikhism and Sikhs in Canada).
Sikhs are predominantly from the Punjab state in India. A common Sikh greeting is Sat Sri Akal! (“The Timeless, Immortal Power, is the Truth”). Sikhism is the 5th largest religion in the world.
Sikhism rejects all distinctions based on caste, creed, gender, color, race, or national origin. For Sikhs, God is not found in isolation or by renouncing the world, but is attained as an active family member and member of one’s community. The word “Sikh” means student. Therefore, a Sikh is and remains a student of the meaning of life.
Total USA Gurdwara: 246
Gurdwara, is more than a place of worship. It has historically served as a refuge for the homeless and the destitute. Visitors, irrespective of their religion, are offered shelter, comfort, and food. The prerequisites for entering a Gurdwara are removing shoes and covering one’s head with a handkerchief, scarf, or other cloth.
USA State with Most Gurdwara: California
USA Metro Area with Most Gurdwara: Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim
PLEASE NOTE: Information concerning Gurdwaras is updated as editors add Sikh Gurdwaras to PeopleGroups.info.
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