AMRITDHĀRĪ (amrit, lit. nectar, commonly Sikh sanctified initiatory water +dhārī = practitioner) is one who has received baptismal vows of the Khālsā initiated by Gurū Gobind Siṅgh (30 March 1699) and abides by them and by the pañj kakārī rahit, distinctive insignia introduced by the Gurū on that day comprising five symbols, each beginning with the Gurmukhī letter "ਕ" (pronounced "kakkā") or its Roman equivalent "k". These are kes (long unshorn hair and beard), kaṅghā (a comb to keep the hair tidy), kirpān (a sword), kaṛā ( a steel bracelet worn around the wrist), and kachh (short breeches worn by soldiers).

        See PĀHUL


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  5. Nripinder Singh, The Sikh Moral Tradition. Delhi, 1990

Piārā Siṅgh Sāmbhī