The Five K's of Khalsa

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My name is Gurvinder, I’m 13 years old. I was born in Britain.
My name is Harpreet. I am 10 years old. I was born in Milton Keynes. These are the Five K’s of Klalsa.

Kesh means uncut hair.
The Guru said it should grow naturally for men includes not shaving. The hair should be kept clean and should be combed two times a day.

Kangha which means comb.
Kangha is a second symbol of the Five K’s of Khalsa is a small comb kept in hair to keep it fixed and to (remind your lives) it should be organised and tidy.

'Kara' which means steel bracelet.
The Kara is the third symbol of the K’s. The Kara is a steel bangle worn on the right wrist. At first it was broader than the ones worn today. It was worn by the Sikhs to protect their arm in battle. Today it is worn as a symbol. (The circle reminds) the Sikhs that god has no beginning and no end. The steel is to remind them of the strength they must have when fighting for what is right.

'Kachera' which means undergarment.
The Kachera is the fourth symbol of the Five K’s. The Kachera is a short pair of trousers. In India normally lose clothes were worn. Guru Gobind Singh said the change of style was a symbol that people were leaving old ideas behind and following better ones. The Kachera was more practical especially in battle.

'Kirpan' which means sword.
Kirpan is the fifth symbol of the Five K’s. Kirpan is a sword. It reminds Sikhs that it is their duty to fight against evil. A Kirpan is not (used) to attack people unless they have done something very wrong. A Kirpan cannot be more than a meter long. Nowadays it is 10 centimetres long and is kept in a special case strapped to your shoulder.

After Guru Singh initiated the Five Sikh’s as the five beloved ones, they became the first members of the Khalsa.

Khanda is a symbol of Sikhism’s. The Kirpan is a double edged sword. Kirpan means only one true god. The two edged sword stands for god the creator.Guru Gobind Singh gave god the name all steel.

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