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The Niraṅkārīs, so-called because of their emphasis on the formless nature of God, are a small and little known group of Sikhs whose distinctive origins lie in 19th-century Punjab. There are few primary sources for their early history, the earliest of which are descriptive accounts provided by Protestant missionaries who visited them at their headquarters in Rawalpindi. These were followed by sets of instructions given by Niraṅkārī gurūs, and then by …

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John C.B. Webster, “Niraṅkārī”, in: Brill's Encyclopedia of Sikhism Online, Edited by: Knut A. Jacobsen, Gurinder Mann Singh, Kristina Myrvold, Eleanor Nesbitt. Consulted online on 21 February 2020 <>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20170712

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