Sikhism is a monotheistic faith founded more
than 500 years ago in South Asia. It has roughly 27 million
followers worldwide, making it the fifth-largest religion.
Observant Sikhs do not cut their hair; male followers often
cover their heads with turbans - which are considered sacred
- and refrain from shaving their beards. There are roughly
500,000 Sikhs in the U.S., according to estimates. The majority
worldwide live in Punjab a northwestern state of India.
The Sikh community in Kansas City dates from
the 1960s. The community was formed with only five families
and originally met every Sunday in the homes of members. The
community continued to operate out of private homes until
1978, when members began renting buildings on Sundays in order
to accommodate the expansion of their community. Finally,
in 1989, the Kansas City Sikhs completed a gurdwara (Sikh
place of worship), where they continue to worship today.