Sikhism is the youngest religion of the world dating back barely to five hundred years old. Read more on Origin and History of Sikh Religion.
Origin & History of Sikhism - Known to be a distinct religion, Sikhism has no connection of any sort with either Hinduism or Islam. The origin of the religion in India dates back to the birth of Guru Nanak Dev Ji in 1469.
Founded by the great saint Guru Nanak Dev Ji, Sikhism is the youngest religion of the world dating back barely to five hundred years old. Its founder, Guru Nanak, was born in 1469. Guru Nanak spread a simple message of "Ek Ong Kar": we are all one, created by the One Creator of all Creation. This was at a time when India was being torn apart by castes, sectarianism, religious factions, and fanaticism. He aligned with no religion, and respected all religions. He expressed the reality that there is one God and many paths, and the Name of God is Truth, "Sat Nam".
The followers of this cult were called Sikhs who were taught to bow to none except the almighty and their Gurus only who are believed to be basking in the glory of direct consciousness of God. They are taken to be living in the direct light of God and are not away form Him. Thus they are taken to be capable of leading their followers from darkness to light.
A very distinct branch of Sikhism rather a cult was further created by the tenth Sikh Guru, Sri Gobind Singh Ji in 1699. The followers of this distinct religion have sustained themselves bravely even after enduring a number of hardships in these 537 years, since its inception. This school of thought has undergone various changes in the different eras of its history that include Guru's Period Era, Banda Singh Bahadur Era, Religious Persecution Era, Sikh Kingdom Era, Colonial Era, Sikh Immigrants and the Present Era.