5 K’s of Sikhism

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In America and throughout the world Sikh men are simply identified because of their turbans, streaming beards and stainless steel wristbands. In 1699, Guru Gobind Singh Ji commanded Khalsa Sikhs to wear five items all the time. They are

  • Keshwhich is the uncut hair.
  • Kangha, it is the wooden comb for the hair.
  • Kara, it is an iron bracelet which is mainly worn on right hand.
  • Kachera, it is made of 100% cotton tie able undergarment, should be not of elastic.
  • Kirpanwhich is a large iron sword which is used to defend oneself.

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The Five Ks of Sikhism are not just emblem, but object of trust that simultaneously form the outermost personality and the Khalsa believer’s responsibility to the Sikh way of life.
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A Sikh who has consumed Amrit and keeps all five Ks with themselves is known as Khalsa which means pure. A Sahajdhari Sikh is a Sikh who has not consumed Amrit but pursue the practice of the Sri Guru Granth Sahib.

  1. Kesh:It is the uncut hair. There are various reasons and many metaphors have been put forward for the Sikh religion of keeping hair uncut.
    • Hairs have been witnessed as an emblem both of purity and power.
    • It has been told that a person’s hair is part of God’s formation. Keeping the hair just like that without cutting it shows that a person is pleased to obtain God’s gift as God predetermined it.
    • Uncut hair symbolizes endorsement of an easy life and disapproval of happiness in one’s presence.
    • Not cutting their hair is an emblem of their choice to move behind the worries of the body and obtain divine experience.
    • It is always believed that a Sikh should only bend his head in front of the Guru, and not in front of a barber.
    • It is an exceptionally evident emblem of participation of the group.
    • It follows the appearance of Guru Gobind Singh, founder of the Khalsa.

Sikh women are just as prohibited to cut any one’s hair or even compact their eyebrows, as Sikh men are prohibited to compact their beards.
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  1. Kara: It is a steel bracelet which is mainly worn on right hand.
    • It is symbol of self-discipline and politeness.
    • It also shows that a Sikh is connected to the Guru.
    • It proceeds as a remembrance that a Sikh should not do anything of which the Guru would not allow.
    • It is a symbol of God which means there is no beginning or end.
    • It is a symbol of long lasting connecting to the society which is being a channel in the chain of Khalsa Sikhs
    • The Kara is made of steel, other than gold or silver as it is not jewelry.

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  1. Kanga: It is a comb which is made up of wood. It symbolizes a fresh mind and body; after all it makes the uncut hair neat and tidy. It symbolizes the seriousness of looking after the body which God has made. This does not combat with the Sikh’s ambition to move ahead with bodily issues.
  1. Kachha:  It is special underwear. This is a combination of trousers that must not come underneath the knee. It was an exceptionally necessary garment for Sikh fighter of the 18th and 19th centuries. It’s a symbol of decency.
  1. Kirpan: It is a stately dagger. There is no rigid style of Kirpan and has no fix size and shape. It is kept in a covering and can be tattered over or under clothing. The Kirpan can indicate:
    • In corporeality
    • The fighter part of the fighter-Saints
    • Defense of great
    • Defense of the sluggish
    • The attempt against breach
    • A symbol for God

For a Sikh the evidence that the Guru has advised the Sikhs to wear the 5 Ks is a thoroughly satisfactory reason. The symbols have become extremely more dynamic with each passing year of Sikh history.

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