In Amrit Sanskar, that’s what Sikhs call baptism, just like us its a sacrament for them. There religion started 500 years ago in Punjab. Sikhs follow 10 guru’s called: Guru Nanak, Guru Angad, Guru Amar Das, Guru Ram Das, Guru Arjan and 5 more. There holy book is called the Granth Sahib which is written in Gurumerki invented by Guru Angad. In Amrit Sanskar, men took the name Singh which ment lion, and girls took the name Kaur ( which means princess) and other symbols called the 5 ks. To show that they were equal that they drank Amrit from the same bowl which they still do today. Each Sikh usually recives this in their late teens.
The five ks are kava which means link or bond, a steel bracelet which stands for an unbreakable link with the Grants Sahib. It is also a symbols of physical, mental strength. Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Khanga is a comb which cleanses them of their sins. Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Mesh is their hair. Sikhs treat it as a gift from God and never cut it not even for a photo. Sikhs think that not cutting their hair God’s will. Â Â Â Â Â
Kaccha is a giant pair of shorts. It is an example of saving someone. Kirpan is a sword. It to defend the weak and fight for what is right. It is worn as a religious symbols and never as a weapon.
Instead of Sikhs having Godparents they have a guru that watches over them and are baptised infront of special people. Sikhs promise to sacrifice them selves to the Lord. Dedicating their body and mind, I have crossed over the terrifying world ocean and shaken off the fear of death. ( Guru Arjan, Chant, page 576)
In Amrit Sanskar they get given a sword just like how we get given a candle. They also have a holy book called Granth Sahib just like our bible. They have a God just like us. In their Baptism they get given gifts from God.
First of all, they have different name for baptism which is Amrit Sanscaer. The next is that their baptism is performed in front of Guru Goblina Singh these are very important people. Unlike us they celebrate in a Gurdwara but we celebrate in a church. In the other religions baptism the baby is forced to drink sugar water. the recipie for this is sugar and water. In our faith we have the priest pour holy water on our heads. An intresting thing is that they don’t have godparents because they are Baptised in front of very important and famous people.
Sikhs who go through the ceremony of Amrit become become Baptized Sikhs and take new names. In our baptism, we also take new names. Also, they wear the 5 Ks. The 5 Ks are the 5 physical symbols worn by the Sikhs. Those are: Kangha, Kes, Kirpan, Kara, Kachehra. They are the five articles o faith. The ceremony takes place in Grudwara. This is like our Baptism because we also do it in a significant place, the church. This happens in front of 5 initiated Sikhs, which represent the Panj Piyaras. The Panj Piyaras were the first Sikhs to go through this ceremony. During the ceremony, hymns are sung and prayers are said, like in baptism. After that, Amrit is prepared. Amrit is a mixture of sugar and water stirred by a double edged sword. The people drink Amrit from the same bowl and then pour it on their eyes and hair. Then each one of them recite the Mool Mantra. This is a reading from theÂ Guru Granth Sahib explaining all the rules of Sikhism. The ceremony ends when everyone eats the karah parshad. Parshad is a sweet tasting fruit which has been blessed. In this ceremony, there are lots and lots of similarities between Baptism. When they read from the Â Guru Granth Sahib, it is like when we do the Baptismal promises and read from the bible.
Baptism is when a new born baby’s soul is cleansed and freed of sin by the priest. The origin of the wordÂ Baptism is from a Greek word: baptisma, also in the story of Jesus’ baptism, when Jesus rose from the water a dove flew down and the heavens opened, then God said,Â â€œThis is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.â€ In the process of Baptism the child must wear a white garment to signify purity and the holy water is poured on their head with a special shell, which is usually a clam shell. When a child is baptised the priest pours the holy water once and says, “I bless you in the name of The Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.
In Sikhism their Baptism is called ‘Armit Sanchar’ and in this ceremony the Baptised Sikhs all take new names and must wear the 5 Ks which are: -Kesh (un-cut) -Kara (a steel bracelet) -KangaÂ (wooden comb) -Kacha (cotton underwear) it can also be spelt Kachh and Kachera -Kerpa (steel sword).Â The Amrit Ceremony is the initiation rite introduced by Guru Gobind Singh when he founded the Khalsa in 1699.The ceremony takes place in a Gurdwara, before the Guru Granth Sahib (their Holy Book), and in the presence of 5 Sikhs. In the ceremony, hymns are sung and prayers are said. After that some thing called Amrit,which is water and sugar mixed together with a double edged sword. Then the candidates must drink, cover theirÂ eyes and hair withÂ Amrit.Â The Sikhs have someone called a Guru (well actually 5 each!).
It is the hymns and prayers that are similar, as well as that they both involve water and they are both ceremony’s. Also we do our ceremony in a Holy place also near a Holy book. As well as that we have some symbols like the white gown or a shell to Baptise the baby.
The 5Ks are different because of what they are, also there are 5 Sikhs at each ceremony instead of 1 like us. Also they do not make any promises Amrit Sachar like we do at Baptism. Both of these religoins have a different story behind their sacrament.