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Thursday, April 12, 2007

The KHANDA.....




Placed centrally, the khanda is a double edged sword with a broad blade that is symbol of the primal and almighty power of the Creator. The whole symbol takes its name from this sword. The pair of Kirpans or the curved swords represent what Guru Hargobind Jee used to carry, one he called miri and the other one piri. Hence these are the names of the kirpans on the khanda. The circle or the chakker or the ring represents power was used by Sikhs to a great effect - being one of the most lethal blade weapons. It is thrown or hurled, either by being released after being twirled around the smooth inside edge by the forefinger (a favourite Sikh method) or released frisbee-like or discus style.

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