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Amrit Sanskar

Sikhs who have been through the Amrit Ceremony, which is known as a baptism for Sikhs, become baptised Sikhs and take new names.  The Amrit Ceremony was introduced by Guru Gobind Singh when he found the Khalsa, which is a very important Sikh festival, in 1699. The ceremony takes place in a Gurdwara, which is their special place to pray just like we have a church to get baptised in.  Before the ceremony, everyone takes a bath. A Sikh can go through this initiation as soon as they are old enough to understand the full commitment that they are making.The Guru Granth Sahib presents the 5 K’s.

The 5K’s are symbols they use just like we have symbols in our Christian life. They wear the 5 K’s to show that they are dedicated to Guru.  The 5 K’s have a very important meaning.

Kesh  means uncut hair and symbols holiness and strength. In the past Sikhs have been regarded to keep their hair long to show a way of keeping God gift. Women are not allowed to trim any body hair and men aren’t allowed to trim their beards. It is like Samson the strong in the Holy Bible.

Kara is a steel bracelet. It symbols restraint and gentility. It also shows that there is no beginning and no end. Sikhs made it out of steel because it is not an ornament. It tells the Sikhs they should not do anything wrong.

Kanga is a wooden comb. It shows a clean mind and body. It symbolises the importance of looking after the body which God has created. Since you only have one body you have to take care of it very carefully.

Katcha is an special underwear. They are forbidden to go past your knee. It symbolises chastity. When Sikhs rode horses they wore these special kind of pants.

Kirpan is a special sword. There is not exactly a perfect fixed one but as long as it is a few inches to 3 feet long then it is fine.   It is kept in a sheath, which is a close-fitting cover for the blade of a knife or sword, and can be worn over or under clothing.  It symbolises spirituality,  defence of the good, defence of the weak, the struggle against justice, a metaphor for God, or the soldier part of soldier saints.

The symbols have become greatly more powerful with each passing year of Sikh history. For a Sikh the fact that the Guru has instructed the Sikhs to wear the 5 Ks is a good reason and nothing more needs to be said.

During the ceremony, hymns are recited from the Sikh scripture and prayers are said. The amrit is prepared. Amrit is a mixture of sugar and water that has been stirred with a double-edged sword. The amrit is sprinkled on their hair and eyes. There are readings from the Guru Granth Sahib and an explanation of rules of Sikhism. 5 sikhs perform the ceremony.

The ceremony ends with the eating of the ceremonial Karah Parshad. Karah Parshad is a sweet tasting food which has been blessed. It is made from semolina, sugar and ghee.The sikhs promise to lead a pure and pious life to unite with Almighty Lord.

After the ceremony everybody has a large meal called the langar. Children usually have the Amrit ceremony when they are born to welcome them to the community. Some have it after.

Amrit Ceremony

The Amrit ceremony is baptism in Sikhism. Here are the facts or steps to Amrit ceremony.

Sikhs have their first ceremony ,baptism, the actual name for their baptism is Amrit Sanskar. Sikhs become baptised Sikhs, take new names, and wear the 5 Ks. The Amrit Ceremony is the initiation rite introduced by Guru Gobind Singh when he founded the Khalsa in 1699. The word “Khalsa” means “pure”. Guru Gobind Singh was the tenth of the ten Sikh Gurus, the eleventh guru being the living never ending Guru, Guru Granth Sahib. He was a warrior, poet and philosopher.

The ceremony :

The ceremony takes place in a Gurdwara, During the ceremony, hymns are recited from the Sikh scripture, prayers are said, and the principles of Sikhism are affirmed. Then amrit is prepared. Amrit is a mixture of sugar and water that has been stirred with a double-edged sword. The candidates for initiation drink some of the amrit from the same bowl, and have it sprinkled on their eyes and hair.

The ceremony ends with the eating of the ceremonial karah parshad. Parshad is a sweet tasting food which has been blessed. It is made from semolina, sugar and ghee.

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)

Amrit Sanskar

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 the 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  Guru Granth Sahib, it is like when we do the Baptismal promises and read from the bible.


Baptism in sikism

Their baptism is called Amrit Sanchar . The Amrit Sanchar is the given name in the sikh tradition to the baptism ceremony. Also known as the initiation. Sikhs do not have their baptisim the same as christians do. The important person in christian’s baptism is god, but in the sikh baptism the important people are the beloved five. The sikh baptism started when the Guru was not present the masands or the local sangat leaders officiated. The Guru would guide the sikhs about the sikh teaching and instruct them to adopt them as a way of life. “Who is prepared to die for God?” asked Guru Gobind Singh. One man stepped forward and he was taken to a tent. After some time Guru Gobind Singh came out of the tent with blood dripping from his sword.  He asked the same question again. After the next four people were in the tent, he reappeared with the five, who were now all dressed like him. These five men were  known as the beloved five. Them five are very important in the Amrit Sanchar.Christian’s baptism started when John the baptist decided to baptise people in the River Jordan

Christian’s prepare for the baptism by dressing up in white gown to repesent being clothed in God’s love. Also christian’s have their baptism by going to a priest and being anointed with  all the baptism  symbols. Then we are clensed from our original sin by the holy water being poured on our foreheads. Sikhs do it differently.

The ingredients and the aids to the preparation of the  Holy Nectar are symbolic of a few things that are held in the highest regards by the khasla. In this religion it is believed that it should not be taken into the  mind that Amrit Sanchar  is the end purpose. It is the start of one’s journey into  the right path to live a pure and good life. Five handfuls of Amrit are given for drinking, five handfuls are sprinkled over the hair and another five are sprinkled into the eyes. That is the baptism of the sikhs called Amrit  Sanchar.