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  1. kirpan(noun)

    a ceremonial four-inch curved dagger that Sikh men and women are obliged to wear at all times


  1. kirpan(Noun)

    A ceremonial sword that must be worn at all time by baptized Sikhs, and one of the five Ks.


  1. Kirpan

    The Kirpan is a ceremonial sword or dagger carried by baptized Sikhs. It is a religious commandment given by Guru Gobind Singh at the Vaisakhi Amrit Sanchar in 1699, all baptised Sikhs must wear a kirpan at all times along with other Articles of Faith. Although not all those who identify themselves as Sikhs carry a kirpan, it is one of the five articles of faith required to be worn by baptized Sikhs. The word Kirpan has two roots - the first root is: Kirpa, which means "Mercy, grace, compassion, kindness" and the second root is Aan, which in turn means "Honor, grace, dignity". Sikhs embody the qualities of a "Sant Sipahi" or saint-soldier. One must have control over one's internal vices and be able to be constantly immersed in virtues clarified in the Guru Granth Sahib. A Sikh must also have the courage to defend the rights of all who are wrongfully oppressed or persecuted irrespective of their colour, caste or creed.

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