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Guru Amar Das Sakhis (Stories)

Guru Amar Das (Gurmukhi: ਗੁਰੂ ਅਮਰ ਦਾਸ) was the third of the Sikh Gurus.

Guru Angad, following the example set by Guru Nanak, nominated Guru Amar Das as his successor (The Third Nanak) before rejoining with God. Guru Angad presented all the holy scripts, including those he received from Guru Nanak, to Guru Amar Das.

Sri Guru Amar Das Sahib Ji was born in 1479. Guru Amar Das used his spirituality to fight against caste restrictions, caste prejudices and the curse of untouchability.

Guru Amar Das strengthened the tradition of the free kitchen, Guru Ka Langar (started by Guru Nanak), and made his disciples, whether rich or poor, whether high born or low born (according to the hindu caste system), have their meals together sitting in one place. Guru Amar Das thus established social equality amongst the people. Guru Amar Das introduced the Anand Karaj marriage ceremony for the Sikhs, replacing the hindu form.

Guru Amar Das also completely abolished amongst the Sikhs, the custom of Sati, in which a married woman was forced to burn herself to death in the funeral pyre of her husband. The custom of Paradah (Purda), in which a woman was required to cover her face with a veil, was also done away with.

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