Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
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Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
|What is the name of the room and ceremony where all Sikhs eat together?||Sikhism
langar. The langar shows that all Sikhs are equal. The Nishan Sahib is the flag bearing the Sikh symbol. Adi Granth is another name for the Guru Granth Sahib, and Takht is the platform with a throne, where the Guru Granth Sahib sits.
place of worship. It means 'Guru's Door' - in other words, the house of God.
|Which male Sikhs wear full turbans?||Sikhism
Amritdhari men. Most boys wear a thin headcovering, but don't wear the full turban until they get a bit older and are baptized into their full identities as Sikhs, becoming Amritdhari. Many Amritdhari Sikh women also wear Turbans.
uncut hair. Guru Nanak said that hair should be allowed to grow naturally and not be cut. It must be combed at least twice a day, and is usually held in place with the kangha, a small wooden comb.
|The Sikhs wear special symbols of their faith. They are known as the what?||Sikhism
5 Ks. The five Ks are kesh, kangha, kacchha, kara and kirpan. In English, these refer to uncut hair, a comb, special underwear, a bracelet, and a small knife.
|What is the Sikh holy book called?||Sikhism
Guru Granth Sahib. Granth means a large book, and Sahib is a word of respect.
|What does the name Sikh mean?||Sikhism
learner. Sikhs think of themselves as learners or disciples.
Waheguru. Waheguru means 'Wonderful Lord'. A guru is a special religious teacher. Guru Nanak was the first Sikh Guru.
|Where did the Sikh religion originate?||Sikhism
Punjab. The religion began in the region of the Punjab (located in modern-day India and Pakistan) during the 15th Century, but now Sikhs live all over the world.
no. Most men wear turbans - not all Sikhs have to.
Dagger. A kirpan is a ceremonial dagger carried by Khalsa Sikhs, as a reminder to fight for justice and against oppression.
Gurdwara . The Gurudwara is the Sikh holy place of worship. It contains lots of rooms which include: Langar room, kitchen, wash areas, cloak and shoe rooms, bedroom for the Guru Granth Sahib, pictures of Sikh Guru's and more.
Guru Granth Sahib . The Guru Granth Sahib is the everlasting, 11th Sikh Guru. It contains holy writing which was written by Sikh Guru's and Sikh saints.
Ten . The ten Sikh Gurus were: Guru Nanak Dev, Guru Angad Dev, Guru Amar Das, Guru Ram Das, Guru Arjan Dev, Guru Hargobind, Guru Har Rai, Guru Harkrishan, Guru Tegh Bahadu and the Guru Gobind Singh. The Guru Granth Sahib is consiered a Guru but not as one of the ten.
Kara parshad. The Kara Parshad is a sweet, nutty mixture, which is passed around at the end of a ceremony in the Guradwara.
Nishan Sahib. The Nishan Sahib is an orange flag which flies outside the Gurudwara. On the Nishan Sahib is the Sikh holy symbol.
Small comb. The khanga is a small wooden comb used to keep the hair fixed in place. Kesh means uncut hair, kachera are baggy pants and kara is the steel band. They are part of a group called the 5k's.
Khalsa. The Guru Gobind Singh created the Khalsa in the fifteenth century. He asked if any one was willing to die for what they believe. Five brave men sacrificed their lives for God. They lived and so they were known as the Khalsa.
Guru Nanak. Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism , was born in 1469 A.D. at Talwandi, since called Nankana Sahib (now in Pakistan). When Guru Nanak was 30, God's message was revealed to him and he decided to travel all around to preach God's message of love and peace to people. At the age of 70 he passed away.
With respect, dignity and equality. I included this question because I am a woman, and I love Sikhism because it specifically states that all people, regardless of caste, social standing, gender, age, race, etc... are seen as equals under God. It is a very progressive religion in that respect, because Sikhism was born of a culture with the caste system and a lot of disrespect for women (no offense intended towards Muslims and Hindus). I hope you enjoyed my quiz and learned a lot about Sikhism, thank you!
A sword. The kirpan is a sword. It is a symbol of the Sikh fight against injustice and religious oppression. It is used only as a religious symbol, not as a weapon.
Uncut hair. Kesh means uncut hair. Sikh hair should be kept uncut always. Kesh symbolizes spirituality. Many Sikh men wear the turban, or dastan or pugh, to cover their unshorn hair. No other headgear can be used istead of the turban. It is a requirement for all Khalsa Sikh men, and an option for Sikh women. The turban is a sigh of self esteem for Sikhs and also people of many other middle eastern cultures, although is it most seen in and associated with Sikhism. The turban sets Sikhs apart from other cultures, thus being a symbol of pride. All Sikhs (men and women) are required to cover their heads while in a Gurdwara as a sign of respect to the Guru Grath Sahib.
A steel bracelet. The Kara is a steel bracelet worn by Sikhs to represent restraint and a remembrance of God.
A comb. The kanga is a comb used to keep the long, unshorn hair of the Sikh nice and manageable. It symbolizes hygiene and discipline. Sikhs believe hair should not be cut, because hair represents spirituality. However, unlike Rastafarians who also believe hair should be unshorn, Sikhs say that the hair must be combed and kept "unmatted" (not in dreadlocks).
|One important aspect of Sikhism is the five Ks, which are physical symbols that Khalsa (baptised) Sikhs must wear. The first K is Kacha, also called Kachera. What does this refer to?||How Much Do You Know About Sikhism?
An undergarment. Kacha are undergarments that Sikhs should wear as a sign of self control.
Princess. Though the literal translation is "prince", the popular translation for the word Kaur is princess. Guru Gobind Singh showed his respect for women and the equality they should enjoy by making all Sikh women princesses.
Lion. Singh means "lion" and is given to all male Sikhs as their middle name. Originally, it was supposed to be used as a last name, to set no one apart under God, but with the popularity of using a family name as the last name, Sikh parents have opted instead to give their sons Singh as the middle name.
Guru Gobind Singh. The Guru Gobind Singh gave us the Guru Grath Sahib, the Sikh holy scriptures, as the eternal living Guru. It is revered as if it were a live person, and one is installed in each Gurdwara.
Guru Nanak Dev. Guru Nanak was born April 15th 1469 in Talwandi in the western Punjab region of India. He was a very gifted child, and very inquisitive about the meaning of life and the world around him. Often he would engage himself in conversations with Hindu and Muslim holy men, always eager to learn.
Guru Har Krishan. Guru Har Krishan was named the next Guru by his dying father Guru Har Rai when he was merely five years old. During his lifetime, a small pox epidemic was spreading through Delhi. He treated many small pox patients, and thus exposed himself to the disease which was incurable at that time. As a result, he died of smallpox at the age of just seven years.