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Why do we wear karha

asked 2016-04-13 06:17:25 -0600

Jazz gravatar image

Hi everyone I just want to know and confirm that why do we Sikhs wear karha in our hand. Especially in the right hand. All I know that the karha is a symbol of never ending attachment with God. It is one of the panj kakars given to Sikhs by the tenth guru. There is no beginning and no ending of reciting the god"s name. Am I right? Why non Sikhs wear karha as well ? Do we Sikhs have a special history with the karha.

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answered 2016-04-13 22:51:56 -0600

strongKaur gravatar image

Yes you are right, there are a few more reasons offered as to why we wear a Kara

From "A symbol of restraint and gentility. A symbol 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. A symbol of God having no beginning or end. A symbol of permanent bonding to the community-being a link in the chain of Khalsa Sikhs (the word for link is 'kari'). The Kara is made of steel, rather than gold or silver, because it is not an ornament."

From "the kara is also on the right side, which is the hand [with which] most people perform their deeds [ and] is a constant reminder to perform good deeds. By wearing it on the wrist, it binds the wearer to the will of God, and reminds the wearer to never extend one's hand for the performance of evil. The Kara acts as protection if someone goes to strike you with a sword on your wrist. According to scientific research, the Kara adds to the iron levels in the body by rubbing on the skin. The Kara teaches us that these arms belong to Sahib Sri Guru Gobind Singh ji - with which we are not to steal, con, commit forgery, oppress, bully, persecute, sin or murder."

As for non-Sikhs wearing the Kara, I'm not sure. Maybe someone else can offer an answer as i have never seen that.

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Thank you for giving me the exact explanation of karha

Jazz gravatar imageJazz ( 2016-04-14 05:44:10 -0600 )edit

answered 2016-04-14 11:26:32 -0600

Guruka Singh gravatar image

It's about slavery.

In older times, the iron ring was worn only by slaves. It showed everyone that that person was a slave and that he had a master. No one wanted to wear the iron ring voluntarily. It was forced on the slave by the master to show that person was his property.

Wearing the iron bracelet voluntarily has the deepest of meanings. It means that you declare yourself a slave! You declare yourself as Guru Ji's banda. It reminds you that you have only one master - Guru Ji. Every time you see your own kara it reminds you that your life is lived in HIS service, and only his service. That you are the slave, not the master.

kara = banda

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Slave ? Sorry but How could a Sikh be a slave ? Sikh could be follower but can't be a slave ?

Jazz gravatar imageJazz ( 2016-04-14 23:10:54 -0600 )edit

A slave of God. We are slaves of god. that's what Guruka Singh means

yoyohoney singh gravatar imageyoyohoney singh ( 2016-04-17 04:08:46 -0600 )edit

Ok Alright

Jazz gravatar imageJazz ( 2016-04-17 05:44:55 -0600 )edit

banda, dass - both words used by the Guru to mean "slave" "servant" "sewadar." We are all that. We serve only the ONE and recognize only one master. Kara shows that we are bound in that service.

Guruka Singh gravatar imageGuruka Singh ( 2016-04-25 11:33:44 -0600 )edit

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