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Nishan Sahib

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The Nishan Sahib is a Sikh holy flag made of cotton or silk cloth and is generally triangular in shape, with a tassel at its end. The word, Nishan means symbol, and the flag is hoisted on a tall flagpole, outside most Gurudwaras. The flagpole itself covered with fabric, ends with a two-edged dagger (khanda) on top. The emblem on the flag is known as Khanda, which depicts a double-edged sword called a khanda in the centre, a chakkar which is circular, and flanked by two single-edged swords, or kirpans.

Traditional symbol of the Khalsa Panth, the Nishan Sahib can be seen from far away, signifying the presence of Khalsa in the neighbourhood. It is taken down every Baisakhi, and replaced with a fresh flag, and the flagpole refurbished.

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Last Updated on Sunday, 29 March 2015 17:19

History Of Sri Hemkunt Sahib

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Gurudwara Hemkunt in the Himalayas is also regarded as one of the holiest places of the Sikhs. It was there that Sri Guru Gobind Singh the tenth and last Guru of the Sikhs is reported to have meditated in his previous life.

 

 

Last Updated on Sunday, 30 October 2011 21:23

Langar

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LANGAR

Dr. Gurbakhash Singh

Question
Does Langar have to be always Indian foods?


Answer
No. All foods are acceptable. Chapati, bread, pizza, sandwiches, doughnut, fruit, vegetables, beans, etc., can be served in Langar.

However, no meat is allowed to be served in Langar. Only vegetarian foods of any kind acceptable to the people can be served in the Langar.

Use of meat is prohibited because each religion tells its own method of sanctifying it. Some religions do not permit eating meat at all. Muslims prepare Halal meat; Jews prepare Kosher. Muslims don't eat pork at all and Hindus don't eat beef. Similarly, Christians and Jews are also prohibited to eat certain kinds of meat on certain days. Sikhs are not allowed to eat Halal. Some people do not eat meat at all. They are strict vegetarians all the time.

Langar is meant for people of all religions and all beliefs. A particular kind of meat or a particular method of its preparation, will suit only a limited number of people and not all of the Sangat. Most of the people in Sangat, therefore, will be not able to eat Langar if meat is served there. To welcome all people on all the days, only vegetarian Langar is permitted. Meat is totally prohibited from being cooked or served in the Langar. Eggs and seafoods are also considered a kind of meat and hence, are not allowed in Langar.

There is one more condition for a Langar to be served to the Sangat. All people have to be served without any distinction and without any obligation to anyone. All are entitled for equal distribution. Some kinds of popular foods cannot be reserved for some influential people in the Sangat or in the organization. Langar cannot be in the name of any individual. It's always in the name of Guru.

Sewdar Monthly - July 98

Last Updated on Sunday, 29 March 2015 15:25

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