The Five K’s of Sikhism

The five Ks or five articles of faith in SIKHISM:

Kesh (uncut hair)

Keeping hair uncut indicates that one is willing to accept God’s gift as God intended it. Uncut hair also symbolizes adoption of a simple life, and denial of pride in one’s appearance; wish to move beyond concerns of the body to attain spiritual maturity. Sikhs wear turban to protect their hair.

Kara (a steel bracelet)

A symbol of restraint, gentility and that a Sikh is linked to the Guru. It acts as a reminder that a Sikh should not do anything of which the Guru would not approve. For example, consumption of alcohol, drugs, tobacco, and other intoxicants are not allowed. Kara is also a symbol of God having no beginning or end.

Kanga (a wooden comb)

This symbolizes a clean mind and body; since it keeps the uncut hair neat and tidy. Kanga also symbolizes the importance of looking after the body God has created. This does not conflict with a Sikh’s aim to move beyond bodily concerns; since the body is one’s vehicle for enlightenment one should care for it.

Kacchehra (cotton undershorts)

This symbolizes to live a faithful life. It reminds the Sikh of the need for self-restrain over passions, lust and desires. If a Sikh ever gets carried away in the moment of lust, the Kacchehra refrains one from making wrong moves and reminds him of his duties.

Kirpan (steel sword)

Symbolizes spirituality, defense of good and the weak, the struggle against injustice and a metaphor for God.


– Collected

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