Is it okay to wear a mini Kirpan in a necklace rather than a strapped Kirpan?

A small symbolic Kirpan on a chain.

A small symbolic Kirpan worn a chain.

According to the Panthic Sikh Rehit Maryada the Kakkaar or Article of Faith is a “Strapped Sword” (ਕਿ੍ਰਪਾਨ ਗਾਤਰੇ ਵਾਲੀ).

At all Amrit Sanchaars that follow Gur Maryada the Panj Piyaare state that wearing a Kirpan on string, cord or necklace is not acceptable as a Kakkaar. The Kirpan is a Shastar (protective weapon) and therefore wearing it on a string or cord is not practical. The Kirpan can be be of any size, however it is must be practical to use and not blunt.

Some people justify the compromise of the 5 Ks to wear a mini Kirpan on a string, cord or necklace for when having a shower or bath. This not in accordance to Gurmat. When washing the hair (Kesh) the Kirpan can be kept on the body and the small turban (Keski) is wrapped around the waist in which you can place the Kangha (small comb) or tie around the Kirpan. When one washes the body, then the small turban (Keski) is tied on the head. The Kirpan with it’s strap (Gatra) is wrapped around the small turban to keep it secure when bathing.

A Kirpan worn in a strap (Gatraa).

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