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What do you know of Nirmalas?

‘Nirmala’ is derived from the Sanskrit ‘nirmal’, meaning spotless, unsullied, pure, bright, etc. It is the name of a sect primarily engaged in religious study of Sikhi and ancient Hindu texts. The members of the sect are called Nirmalas. The sect of celibates commanded particular strength in the 19th century. Guru Gobind Siṅgh Ji wanted […]

What are the historic foundations of a Sikh Identity as supposed to a pluralistic nature known as “Sanatan Sikhi”?

I. Introduction The issue of defining Sikh Identity has been a topic of much debate in modern Sikh scholarship. Clearly, Sikhs today form a unique and distinct community with a separate identity, but has this always been the case? Many scholars argue that different Sikh identities existed within the Panth until the latter part of […]