Anand Karaj: The Sikh Marriage – Report

State of the Panth, Report 2

Anand Karaj: The Sikh Marriage, the second report in the State of the Panth series. In exploring the division that exists in our community, we surveyed 1,000 self-identifying Sikhs across the globe. And the results might surprise you.

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State of the Panth
Anand Karaj
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2018

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The Anand Karaj (Sikh marriage ceremony) is one of the life stages outlined with specific sentiments and ceremonies for Sikhs. Its procedures have received increased attention in recent years as a major community issue. These discussions revolve mainly around the right to participate, where inter-caste, inter-race, and sexuality fit into the ceremony.

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Recommendations

This study presents recommendations based on the Gurmat components on a personal and institutional level as a way to better understand, implement, and proceed with the Anand Karaj ceremony. Organizations need to take a more active role in engaging with a changing Sikh population, whether that be in addressing inter-faith marriages or same-sex couple marriages. On an individual level, Sikhs are prompted to reflect on why they are undergoing a Sikh marriage ceremony.

Anand Karaj

The Anand Karaj itself consists of four lava (interlinks) in the presence of Guru Granth Sahib. The lava, popularly transliterated as lavaan or lavan, come as lav or the plural lava in Guru Granth Sahib. These lava make up the main aspect of the Anand Karaj.

The Guru Granth Sahib

The ultimate focus on the Anand Karaj is one’s commitment to Guru Granth Sahib and a desire to live a life as outlined by Guru Sahib.

Reflect

Why is it important for Sikhs, today, to remember Maharani Jind Kaur?
What oppression did Rani Jind Kaur have to overcome in order to lead the Sikh Kingdom?
You decide… Was Rani Jind Kaur on the side of the Sikhs or the British?
How did Rani Jind Kaur cross boundaries to resist British control?
What influence did Rani Jind Kaur have on those who came after her?

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This educational series provides learners with historical insights that strengthen their connection to Sikhi.