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Sikh Ritual Objects

The most important ritual object in Sikhism is the Guru Granth Sahib, the holy book. It is treated with great reverance and strict procedures.

Other important religious items include the chauri (a a ritual whisk used with the scriptures), the Five Ks (wearable items representing one's membership in the Sikh community), and the Nishan Sahib (the Sikh flag).

  • Chauri

    A whisk is waved over the Guru Granth Sahib whenever it is read. This whisk is caleld a chauri and is usually made of yak tail hair or artificial fiber, set in a wooden or metal holder... full article →
  • Guru Grant Sahib

    The most sacred object in Sikhism is the Guru Granth Sahib (also called the Adi Granth), the Sikh holy book. Unlike the Bible or the Bhagavad-Gita, which are often carried around, dog-eared and placed on a shelf with other books, there are strict rules and procedures for handling the Adi Granth... full article →
  • Nishan Sahib

    The Nishan Sahib ("respected emblem") is the Sikh flag. It is triangle-shaped, bright orange or saffron in color, and bears the Khanda, the symbol of Sikhism... full article →
  • The Five Ks of Sikhism

    When Guru Gobind Singh established the Khalsa in 1699, he asked all Sikhs to wear five symbols expressing their allegiance to the new Sikh community... full article →