Baptism And The Khalsa

Baptism And The KhalsaKhalsa (meaning pure) is the name given by Gobind Singh to all Sikhs who have been baptised or initiated by taking ammrit. The first time that this ceremony took place was on Vaisakhi, which fell on 30 March 1699 at Anandpur Sahib in Punjab. It was on that occasion that Gobind Singh baptised the Panj Piare who in turn baptised Gobind Singh himself.

Baptised Sikhs are bound to wear the Five Ks , or articles of faith, at all times. The tenth guru, Gobind Singh, ordered these Five Ks to be worn so that a Sikh could actively use them to make a difference to their own and to others' spirituality. These 5 items are

1. Kes (uncut hair)
2. Karigh (small comb)
3. Kara (circular iron bracelet)
4. Kirpan (ceremonial short sword) and
5. Kaccha (special undergarment).

These Five Ks have both practical as well as symbolic purposes.

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