The Five Kakar of Sikhism


Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth Guru of the Sikhs, founded the ‘Khalsa Panth‘. Sikhs were made lions by sprinkling nectar on the ‘Panch Pyare’ and making them wear ‘five kakar’. It is worn by a complete Sikh. A Sikh who has taken the nectar of ‘Khande Baate’ given by Guru Gobind Singh Ji and is following the Sikh religion according to the rules. Let’s know about the five kakar of Guru Gobind Singh ji.

In Sikhism, the Sikh who tastes Amrit is also called ‘Amritdhari Sikh’. Such a Sikh follows special rules and also wears these five kakar- kanga, kada, kachhara, kirpan, kesh.


The comb is the first among the five kakaras. An Amritdhari Sikh uses a wooden comb, not a simple plastic one, and wears it in his hair under the turban. A wooden comb is given only after drinking nectar. It is considered important in 5 categories. It is said that when this wooden comb is used on the hair and scalp, the flow of blood increases here. Apart from this, hair breakage, dryness, etc. are also less.



In the eyes of common people, it may be like a bangle made of iron or other metal, but for a Sikh, it is no less than an honor. This bracelet should be worn on the right hand and only one bracelet should be worn, this is the rule. In Sikhism, the iron bracelet is considered a symbol of protection. It is said that this Kada gives courage to a Sikh to fight against difficulties, and does not allow a Sikh to have any kind of fear.


This kachahara is very different from the ordinary innerwear worn by common people. It is a tradition that this Kachahara should be of cotton cloth only. This Kachahara was made for a special purpose. In those days, when the Sikh warriors used to go to the battlefield, they needed such a thing while riding a horse or fighting, which would cover the body and not cause any trouble. Then the custom of wearing a kachahara was made. In today’s time also an Amritdhari Sikh wears Kachhara. It is easy to move with its help, it is very comfortable and there is no problem even while doing ‘seva’.


Kesh or hair is the identity of being in Sikhism. According to Guru Gobind Singh Ji, hair is a gift given to a Sikh by the ‘Akal Purakh’, an honor that should never be taken away from oneself. That’s why an Amritdhari Sikh or any Sikh by law should not cut his hair. Her hair is not just the hair of the head, but the hair of the whole body. It is forbidden to cut or remove the hair of the head, beard, or any other part of the body.


Perhaps you have also noticed, an Amritdhari Sikh always wears a small kirpan or dagger on the left side of his waist. It is one of the five kakaras, which is required to be worn for 24 hours, even while sleeping. If a bath is being taken, then this kirpan is tied on the head along with the turban but is never removed from the body. According to Gobind Singh ji’s promise, his Sikh should be ready at all times to fight ‘evil’. And this kirpan is his weapon which can be used only and only to win over non-violence.

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