SS Shanti Kaur Khalsa explains the history, tradition, and practical reasons for wearing a turban.
Wearing a turban has always been in the Sikh tradition from the time of Guru Nanak, but it was formalized by Guru Hargobind in declaration of sovreignty and royalty despite the fact that only kings at the time wore turbans. We can see that turbans signify royalty.
Turbans are one way that Sikhs are recognizable and distinct (Niara). Guru Gobind Singh gives his blessings to his Sikhs who remain Niara.
The turban also houses and protects the uncut hair (Kesh) coiled on the top of the head. The hair is tied at an important spiritual center on the body – the Dasam Duar (7th Chakra), and the turban contains the hair. The turban also crosses pressure points on the temples which help a person to be calm and centered.
Shanti Kaur encourages women to wear turbans because this is a tradition not based on gender but on the human body, and yet most Sikh women don’t wear one. The turban is the insignia of a Sikh so that we have to stand out and be accountable for the values that we hold.
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9 thoughts on “Why Do Sikhs Wear Turbans?”
Ambar Munoz-Noman says:
You explained it so beautifully ! I was raised a Dominican Mennonite Christian and although in our culture many important things were told to us that were “optional”, one of them being the covering of the hair, now that I’m married to a Muslim, I’ve come to appreciate many of those “optional” teachings growing up, especially the not cutting of the hair. So please, continue to preach that these practices SHOULD NOT BE OPTIONAL. Baptized or not (with all due respect to others) these practices protect us from what some of us may yet NOT understand.
ashvinder singh says:
Wearing a turban is not essential .Only one when gets baptised /amritdhari…then only turban is essential.Now turban takes care of long hairs and protect from dust.The history for turban is long may be next time.
Jaskirat Singh says:
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school project says:
do you have any other required clothes that you wear?
Sandeep Kumar Verma says:
Is it compusary to wear turban
Sada Bahar Kaur Khalsa says:
Sat Nam, Absolutely not. Wearing a turban is always a personal decision.
Thank you! This was very informative. I am not Sikh but absolutely understand and seek out spiritual fullness and harmony within. Be proud Sikhs!
The Turban Guy says:
It’s funny how The Turban is just a sign of culture these days and almost 99% of preachers can’t make sense of any spiritual reasons to wear a turban. Obviously cause everyone is busy in their own life doing stuff and no one has tasted the real bliss of Sikhism.