Kakkar 5 K, Ks in Sikhism

Kakkar – 5 K
Kakkars are five

1. Kesh (Kes) – Hair

Unshorn hair to keep their appearance distinct and dignified. The head, hair must always be kept covered by everyone, by any sort of cloth, in any style. A short length of cloth called Keshki or Keski to cover the hair is considered to be the part of Kesh.
A Sikh should re-tie turban daily and must not wear a cap (topi) in its any form or style. Wearing a topi is easy to use and so it indicates laziness.

2. Kangha
Small comb, to keep the hair tidy.

3. Kara
A heavy, iron-bangle worn on the right wrist, as a handy weapon to deal an unexpected attacker. An expert may even take blow of sword on it. As well, it is too remind the pledge to the Guru at the time of partaking Amrit and to live an ethical life. To be considered a Kakkar, this bangle has to be made only of iron.

4. Kachha
A knee-length underwear of standard specifications which tight-fits both thighs just above the knees (should not go below them) to keep the movement of the knees free. It is a clothe fit for war and peace. It does not obstruct freedom of movement in fight, or hamper horse riding and provides protection against nudity. This reminds the self control, too. It should be kept on the body all the time.

5. Kirpan
It is a Small sword. Usually, it is small, curved dagger like sharp weapon. Its small version is always kept on the body. It is symbolic of the courage, liberty and rights. Wearing it is an undertaking to protect the weak, and to guard the faith, country and self.

Its supreme value in this atomic age, and ever after is that of a Sikh symbol. It is handy and very useful sharp weapon no doubt, but its cherished value is in this being a representative of high ethics and of philosophy of the faith (protection, rights, liberty etc.). Like other Kakkars, it is an integral part of the Sikh faith and a Sikh has always to keep it on his or her person.

The names of these five items start with the letter Kakkaa of the Gurumukhi script, equivalent to the Roman “K” and so, these are called 5 Kakkars, known in the overseas countries as 5 Ks. Once accepted (promised) these are never to be discarded, and have to be kept on the body.

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