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The Khalsa belong to God

When a Khalsa meets another Khalsa he will greet him by saying, "Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh" (The Khalsa belong to God, Victory belongs to God).


Khalsa (Punjabi: ਖਾਲਸਾ, literally "Pure") refers to the collective body of all baptized Sikhs.

Khalsa Sikhs can be identified with the given Five Ks and given names Singh (for men) and Kaur (for women).

This happens after being baptised to Sikhism.

The 5 Ks taken together symbolise that the Sikh who wears them has dedicated themselves to a life of devotion and submission to the Guru.

The 5 Ks are 5 physical symbols worn by Sikhs who have been initiated into the Khalsa.


The five Ks are:

Kesh (uncut hair)

Kara (a steel bracelet)

Kanga (a wooden comb)

Kaccha - also spelt, Kachh, Kachera (cotton underwear)

Kirpan (steel sword)

Because all members of the Khalsa wear the 5 Ks the members of the community are more strongly bound together.


This picture was shot at the main entrance to the Golden Temple which is located in the city of Amritsar (Punjab).


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Taken on May 14, 2008