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The Sikh Insignia

Khanda

THE KHANDA is the insignia of the Sikhs. It constitutes three symbols in one. However, the name is derived from the central symbol. Khanda, which is a special type of double edged sword (central sword in insignia). This symbolises the only one, the supreme Truth, the Creator, and thus confirms the Sikhs belief in one God.

Next, the Chakkar, or circle, represents the infiniteness of the timeless absolute. The circle is also symbolic of restraint and a reminder to a Sikh to stay within the rule of God.

Of the two Kirpans, or swords, on the sides, one is symbolic of Peeri (spiritual authority) and the other is of Meeri (political or temporal power).

THE SIKH FLAG is a saffron coloured triangular shaped cloth, usually re-inforced in the middle with the Sikh insignia in blue. It is usually mounted on a long steel pole, (which is also covered with the same coloured cloth) headed with a khanda. The Sikh flag is often seen near the entrance to the Gurdwara, standing firmly on the Tharra (platform) overlooking the whole building. Sikhs show great respect to their flag as it is, indeed, the symbol of the freedom of the Khalsa- political and religious.

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