Why does every Sikh Tie a Turban?
Since Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s time, the turban has been an
important component of Sikh tradition. According to historical accounts, all
Sikh Gurus wore turbans, and their followers — Sikhs — have worn them since the
faith's inception. The turban is a symbol of devotion to the Sikh Gurus. It
designates a Sikh as a Guru's instrument and establishes accountability for
specific spiritual and temporal responsibilities. It is a Guru's mark,
indicating that a Sikh who wears a turban is a servant of the Divine Presence.
The significance of the turban may be found in almost every
culture and religion, from ancient Babylonia through western religions like
Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, as well as eastern traditions. According to
the Old Testament, ""They are to wear linen garments once they enter
the gates of the court," signifying God's court. They will be dressed in
The turban has been important in Punjab, the land of the
five rivers and the birthplace of Sikhism, since ancient times. Turbans were
once reserved for kings, nobles, and people of high status. To express love or
affection, two people would exchange their turbans.
The lower castes, which included peasants, labourers, and servants, made up the majority of people in India at the time of Sikhism's foundation, and continue to do so now. Many were unfairly treated by the upper castes since they were practically owned by them. The Sikh Gurus (prophets/teachers) aimed to raise the oppressed and elevate them to the status of the highest of the high. In his heavenly revelation, Guru Nanak, the founder of the Sikh faith, says: "Nanak seeks the company of the lowest of the low class, the very lowest of the low. Where the lowly are cared for, there lies the Grace of the Merciful Bestower."
Turbans symbolise faith of Sikhs. It's a way for Sikhs to show their brotherhood and unity.
The skull, often known as the crown of the head, is an important element of the human body. Covering the crown of the head with multiple layers of clothes is not only a gesture of respect for that area, but it also activates pressure points in the skull, which regulates blood flow and brain activity.
Guru Gobind Singh Ji made a code for all Sikhs in 1699, which comprised the 5 K's of identity (Kesh, Kara, Kirpan, Kanga, Kuchra). The turban is an important aspect of our identity that promotes equality.
Sikhs believe that wearing a turban that is tightly wrapped around the head keeps the mind grounded and focused on the important things in life. In fact, this concept is so strong that Sikh women wear the turban as a symbol of self-reliance and gender equality.
Everyone is royal and equal - The Turban was widely worn as a sign of monarchy during the start of the Khalsa. It was a symbol of the upper castes. The turban was no longer seen as a status symbol when this system was dismantled and everyone was given the same right to wear one.
The Sikh brotherhood formed a commitment that in the event of a catastrophe, every man would be ready to help his fellow brother in need. Last but not least, Guru Gobind Singh Ji.
declared one's hair to be a valuable creation. He encouraged Sikhs to never cut their hair and to let it grow freely as a sign of love to the creator.