Sikhism. History…. Sikhism originated in Punjab , a state in India. Began in 1500 CE , when Guru Nanak Dev Ji , created a distinct religion. Nine gurus followed Nanak Dev Ji to create the religion. . Militarization in Sikhism.
The Kara is a bangle, usually made from iron or steel and worn on the right wrist. The steel is a symbol of strength, and the circular shape is a symbol of unity and eternity - a circle has no beginning and no end. This reflects the Sikh view of God who is eternal and infinite. The circular shape also stands for unity between Sikhs and between Sikhs and God.
The kangha is a wooden comb which is used to keep the hair clean and tidy. Cleanliness was one of the things emphasised by Guru Gobind Singh when he formed the Khalsa. Sikhs wash their hair very early every morning, then comb it, and wind it into a topknot. The kangha is placed in the topknot which is then covered with a turban. The Kangha represents discipline in all aspects of life.
Guru Gobind Singh told Sikhs to wear short trousers as part of the Khalsa uniform. For most Sikhs the Kachera are a symbol of modesty.
The Sikh community does not like the kirpan to be referred to either as a dagger or as a knife as both of these terms suggest violence and an intent to cause injury. The kirpan (sword) is worn as a reminder of the courage of the first five Sikhs who were willing to sacrifice their lives for the sake of their religion. The kirpan is therefore a symbol of bravery and of faith in God. For many, the most important meaning is that the kirpan symbolizes the commitment to fight ‘the enemy within’, that is weaknesses in one’s own character and behavior.
Kesh is simply uncut hair. This ‘natural state’symbolises devotion to God. Guru Gobind Singh Ji encouraged this.
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