The Kangha, an article of faith

The Kangha, an article of faith

The KANGHA is a small comb that Sikhs use twice a day. It is supposed to be kept with the hair at all times. Combs help to clean and remove tangles from the hair, and are a symbol of cleanliness. Combing their hair reminds Sikhs that their lives should be tidy and organized. A Sikh never cuts or trims any hair as a symbol of respect for the perfection of God’s creation. The turban is a spiritual crown, which is a constant reminder to the Sikh that he or she is sitting on the throne of consciousness and is committed to living according to Sikh principles.

The religion and philosophy Sikhism, originates from the Punjab region in the 15th/16thcentury. The members are known as Sikhs and they call their faith GURMAT (Punjabi for ‘the way of the Guru’). It is an independent faith inspired by Hinduism and Islam but has its own religious identity.

Sikhism was inspired by the teachings of ten Gurus, as major religious teachers and preachers, the first teacher Guru Nanak Dev.

It is a separate and progressive religion with the basic ideas one God, equality, justice and freedom for all. This religion calls on its followers to live a life of discipline, hard work, charity and meditation. They accept the existence of all faiths and will not tolerate bias or oppression based on religion, caste, color, creed, race and / or gender. 

There are five articles of faith that Sikhs wear as ordered by the 10th Guru, Guru Gobind Singh. Most Sikhs wear one or more of the articles but only Sikhs who have taken AMRIT, a ritual comparable to baptism, wear all.

  1. Kesh: or unshorn long hair, which is protected by a DASTAAR, or turban. The DASTAAR is worn by men and some women to cover their long hair.
  2. Kangha: a small comb, meant to keep the hair combed twice a day.
  3. Kara: a metal/iron bangle, to be worn on the arm used most.
  4. Kachera: a specific style of cotton undergarments for men and women.
  5. Kirpan: a ceremonial sword / short dagg