When destruction prevailed, “Nihangs”, an armed Sikh order, offered their lives to protect the rights of the common man in the North West state of Punjab (India). Today it remains a ceremonial  order within the Sikh community but during the period 1699-1849 AD, they were the first line of martial defense.


Every year, during the annual celebration of Hola Mohalla, the Nihangs adorning ceremonial weapons come together at Anandpur Sahib in Punjab. Most take pride in their large size turbans, which can take 2-3 hours to tie.


In this series, I have tried to create a feeling of the bygone era by showing it in Black &  White.


Nihang in Anandpur Sahib

Photo : A chakravarti (always on the move) Nihang at Anandpur Sahib


Nihang in Anandpur SahibPhoto : A Nihang meditates at Anandpur Sahib.


Nihang in Anandpur Sahib

Photo : A Nihang at Anandpur Sahib.


Nihang in Anandpur SahibPhoto : A Nihang at Anandpur Sahib.


  1. khushboo

    love black and white images..they say so much more about the person you clicked

  2. Emmanuel

    The playfulness in the eyes of the first person echoes yours!

  3. Aman Singh Chadha

    Dear Amardeep,

    Would you, by any chance, be exhibiting/selling these pictures. The second one in particular, is a picture I would like to look at more than just once. Any chance I could purchase it and get a blow up printed for my home?


  4. Ajay Tripathi

    A unique art of turbans of charismatic warriors beautifully captured. The last photo of a Nihang at Anandpur Sahib reminds me of the visit I made in year 2007. This photo is great as to have captured the natural but mystic expression of this man.

  5. stephanie sheppard

    Just amazing photos Amardeep. Wonderful
    Sat Nam,

  6. kishore kumar biswas

    Glimpses of a tradition that speaks of bravery and benevolence of human race . A great religion Sikhism ignited that flame within the followers .
    Through these poetic snaps Amardeep Singh ji brings back the glory of a heroic tradition.
    Regards .

  7. The pictures breathe… I think you can understand what I am getting at.

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