Sikhism and military history are closely intertwined. Beginning with the Sixth Guru Hargobind (1606-1644), the concept of temporal power combined with spiritual guidance took root as this faith sought freedom of worship against discriminatory policies in India at that time. The Tenth Guru Gobind Singh (1675-1708) stated, “When all efforts to restore peace prove useless and no words avail, lawful is the flash of steel, it is right to draw the sword.” The order of the Khalsa, once formalized, has prevailed to the present time as a political and a religious institution.
This exhibition offers a glimpse of the weapons, images and other articles of Sikh history that demonstrate the balance of martial and spiritual endeavors of Sikh leaders and communities in times of peace and of battle.
Saintly Soldiers of the Sikh Faith is organized by Phoenix Art Museum. It is made possible through the generosity of donors to the Museum's annual fund.
$23 — Adults
$20 — Senior Citizens (Ages 65+)
$18 — Students (with ID)
$14 — Children (Ages 6-17)
All exhibitions and installations are included with General Admission.
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This exhibition is open to the public during voluntary-donation, pay-what-you-wish hours from 3–9 pm each Wednesday, from 6–10 pm on the First Friday of each month, and from noon–5 pm on the second Sunday of each month.
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Emily Eden, Akalees or Immortals, 1844. Hand-painted chromolithograph on paper. The Khanuja Family.
Shield, 1854 – 1856. Metal. The Khanuja Family.