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Should sikh women wear turban ?

asked 2012-11-15 03:00:16 -0600

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updated 2012-11-15 10:31:49 -0600

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Should sikh women wear turban? I don't think that Guru Gobid Singh ji has ordered sikh women to wear turban after taking Amrit.Women look very nice and decent with dupattas on their heads.

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answered 2012-11-15 11:58:07 -0600

Karanjit Singh gravatar image

Veer ji

it is a must and given by Guru Sahib.

Also, because of the Sience/function of Kanga, the Dastar is a must for an Amrit Dhari!


1.Well-known Sikh historian Bhai Sahib Bhai Santokh Singh has given a somewhat detailed description concerning Mai Bhag Kaur (commonly known as Mai Bhago) of Forty Muktas fame in his well known historical work GUR PARTAP SURYA. He mentions that Mai Bhag Kaur had reached the highest stage of enlightenment and had almost lost her body much so that when her clothes became worn to shreds, she did not care to replace them. Sahib Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji called her in His Holy presence and instructed her to always stick to the Gursikh dress as prescribed in the Code of Conduct. In particular, she was ordered to wear Kachhehra and chhoti dastaar. In fact, according to some chroniclers, the dastaar was tied on her head by the Satguru himself. If this dastaar was not a Rahit, where was the need to include this item in the instructions given to a lady who had reached almost the Brahmgyan stage? It apparently shows that the Satguru gave as much importance to Dastaar as to other Rahits like Kachhehra.

  1. In the Museum of Maharaja Ranjit Singh's fort at Lahore and Victoria Museum at Calcutta, the pictures of Sikh women of old time can be seen even now, depicting them with small dastaars or keskis.

  2. Bhai Sahib Vir Singh, in his well known poetical work, RANA SURAT SINGH, depicts Rani Raj Kaur as a Saint Soldier or Rajyogi of the highest order. Her very impressive picture given in the book depicts her with a well-tied Keski, on which is also affixed a khanda-chakkar, the emblem of Sikhism.

  3. The Sikh women belonging to the Jatha of Bhai Sahib (Sant) Teja Singh Ji of Mastuana, have been seen doing Kirtan in congregations wearing dastaars. He was instrumental in establishing Akal Academy - a Higher Secondary School at Baru in Himachal Pradesh wherin all students - boys as well as girls - are required to wear turbans as a prescribed school uniform.

  4. The Central Majha Diwan and Panch Khalsa Diwan, Bhasaur - the two organizations which played a remarkable role in the Sikh renaissance movement in the first decade of the twentieth century laid special stress on the wearing of Keski by women.

  5. The author had the privilege of meeting the late Baba Gurbachan Singh Ji Khalsa of the Bhindranwala Jatha along with his whole family, including his wife, two sons and their wives. They were all wearing Keskis just as the members of the Akhand Kirtani Jatha do.

  6. It is a historical fact that there was a time when a price was put on the head of a male Sikh. Greedy and unprincipled people, both Hindus and Muslims, availed of this opportunity to make money. When they could no longer find male Sikhs in the villages and towns, they ...

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I salute you vir ji!! I wish I could give you 50 up votes :) oh and are you from Akhand Kirtni Jatha I'm just wondering. If you are thats amassing cause I am tooo :) if your not your amassing anyway. Oh and I like the fact that you said Raja Ranjit Singh rather than Maharaja. another up vote. :)

new user gravatar imagenew user ( 2012-11-23 22:06:23 -0600 )edit

Oh and just so you know I reackon it should mandatory for women to wear a dastar and they shouldn't be given Amrit other wise.

new user gravatar imagenew user ( 2012-11-23 22:15:41 -0600 )edit

answered 2012-11-23 22:03:29 -0600

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I'm a daughter of Guru Gobind Singh Ji and I get sooo incredibly offended when people say that girls shouldn't wear a turban. My blood literally boils. lol.

The 5 k's of Sikhism are Kanga, Kashera, Kara, Kirpan AND THE KESKI. I believe that keski is a kakar not kesh. Kesh are extremely important but the keski is the karkar not kesh.

So yeah if a women is to be a true Singhni she is to wear a turban. I wear a turban and I reckon it looks amassing on me. I love my turban.


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answered 2012-11-19 12:55:42 -0600

Nihang Gavinpal Singh Khalsa gravatar image

oh if mai shanti kaur khalsa were to reply,...............

of course the kaur is the singhni the warrior she should dress like the guru for she is the warrior she must where the dumalla and become a nihangani.

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answered 2012-11-24 08:27:52 -0600

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Braham gyaani ki drisht samaan, jaise raj rank ko laage tul pawaan

I am reminded of that famous court room scene from the movie 'Khuda ke liye' where naseerudin shah says ..... deen mein dhaadi hai, daadhi mein deen nahi (a very relevant debate is shown for the beard and dress in islam ... relevant becoz the title of the movie says it all - Khuda ke Liye..... he also says that an 'Aashik' (same connotation from asa ki vaar - aasak eh naa aakhiye) comes to a stage where he desires to look like his/her beloved ...but what are we doing...are we somehow forcing the beginner to set the foot right on the last step of his aashiquee.......

watch for yourself :

I cry myself sometimes that did i really "keeyo shigaar milan ke taaieen, prabh liyo suhagan thook mukh paiyaa"

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