What is the name of the Sikh dagger


The Sikh religion originated in the north Indian Punjab as a monotheistic religion.


Akaal Purakh / Waheguru (God) manifested his light in the form of Guru Nanak Dev Ji in 1469 in northern India in the Punjab on earth. The Sikh religion is based on him. Nanak saw himself as a reformer of Hinduism and Islam, the predominant religions in the region, not as the founder of a new religion. He gathered students around him (Hindi: sikhana: teach, train, teach). Nanak taught the belief in the one almighty God, the Creator, who himself was not created, is immortal, cannot be depicted and who makes no distinction between people of different origins.

Nine other Guru followed Nanak. The tenth, Guru Gobind Singh, shaped the reform movement into an independent religious tradition in 1699. The highest authority today is the book "Sri Guru Granth Sahib". It comprises 1,430 pages written in poetry. These scriptures begin by saying that there is "only one God" to whom we can come through the teachings of the gurus.

The Sikh holy book is very universal. It contains writings from the 10 Sikh Gurus and also from scholars who originally belonged to other religions / traditions: from Hindus, Muslims, Sufis.

God becomes is nameless and indescribable. There are no images of God. Since the divine is inherent in creation, it is viewed as continuously animated and holy.

Sikhism teaches that in the eyes of God all people are equal, regardless of race, religion and gender. Men and women are equal. Women can participate in all ceremonies and also read from the scriptures. A devout Sikh is not allowed to smoke, drink or take drugs.

The baptized Sikh undertakes to live according to the guidelines of the Khalsa Panth (Code of Conduct of the Brotherhood of the Pure and Sovereign) and 5 special external characteristics to wear.

Kesh: uncut hair as an expression of respect for the perfection of God and his creation.

Kangha: a wooden comb as a sign of cleanliness

Kachera: Cotton panties as a reminder of sexual moderation.

Kara: a steel bracelet, symbolizes that the character of a Sikh should be made of iron, strong, unbendable and of durability. Kara reminds you to follow the instructions of the tenth Sikh Guru and God and to be in eternal bond with God and not do anything wrong.

Kirpan: a dagger, symbolizes the duty of a Sikh to stand up for the needy and the oppressed. Symbol of patience and mercy; Destruction of ignorance, ignorance, injustice and oppression. Its use is only permitted for the protection of others and for self-defense. But never to attack.

There are around 25 million Sikhs worldwide, the majority of them in India. In Germany about 15,000 Sikh.