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The first floor of a Sikh bookstore in Amritsar, India. The store claims to house 50,000 titles in its inventory that stretches up four stories.

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Holy Water

People bathe in the lake surrounding the Golden Temple, the holy worship site for Sikhs. The water is believed to be holy.

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Warrior

A ‘Nihang,’ a Sikh warrior, stands guard at the Golden Temple in Amritsar, India. The Golden Temple is the holy site for followers of the Sikh faith.

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Standing Guard

A guard at the Golden Temple in Amritsar, India, poses for a photo.

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Standing Guard

A guard at the Golden Temple in Amritsar, India, poses for a photo.

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Standing Guard

A guard at the Golden Temple in Amritsar, India, poses for a photo.

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Standing Guard

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Nightly Procession

In a nightly procession through the Golden Temple in Amritsar, India, Sikhs reverently carry their scriptures from their place of honor in the temple to their resting place.

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Prayers

While bathing in the pool surrounding the Sikh Golden Temple in Amritsar, India, a man prays for healing and forgiveness from sins.

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Night Shining

The Golden Temple shines under a dark night’s sky in Amritsar, India.

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Alleyway

A Sikh man consents to have his portrait taken in an alleyway near his home in Amritsar, Punjab, India.

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Gateway

A Sikh man rests in the main gateway into the Golden Temple in Amritsar, India.

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Resting

An elderly Sikh man rests in the main gateway into the Golden Temple in Amritsar, India.

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Resting for the Weary

A Sikh man rests in the main gateway into the Golden Temple in Amritsar, India.

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Bathing in a Pool

While bathing in the pool surrounding the Sikh Golden Temple in Amritsar, India, men pray for healing and forgiveness from sins. The teachings of the Sikh gurus did not condone the practice that has become common as a means of earning forgiveness and healing.

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Forgiveness from Sin

While bathing in the pool surrounding the Sikh Golden Temple in Amritsar, India, a man prays for healing and forgiveness from sins.

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Preparation for Closing

Wagah is the only road border crossing between India and Pakistan. Each evening, the gates of the border are closed with an elaborate ceremony. On the Indian side of the border, a border guard ensures the behavior of the crowd is appropriate just before the ceremony begins.

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Border Closing

Wagah is the only road border crossing between India and Pakistan. Each evening, the gates of the border are closed with an elaborate ceremony. On the Indian side of the border, women raise their hands and cheer for India during the ceremony.

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Showing Reverence

A Sikh man shows reverence to his scriptures following a service in Delhi, India. Often confused with Muslims for their practice of wearing a turban and full beard, Sikhism originated in India around 500 years ago.

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Sikh Scripture

The Sikh scripture is the religious authority for Sikhs following the death of the last Sikh guru. Services in a gurdwara, or temple, involve reading and chanting large portions from their holy book.

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