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Kachera/Kaccha undershorts/undergarment which resemble boxer shorts are one of the five Sikh articles of faith, given as gifts of love by Guru Gobind Singh at the Baisakhi Amrit Sanchar in 1699 they are worn by all Sikhs, initiated into the Khalsa. Both males and females Sikhs wear the same type of kachera. This was one of five articles of faith, collectively called Kakars that form the external visible symbols to clearly and outwardly display ones commitment and dedication to the order (Hukam) of the tenth master.
This Kakar was given by Guru Gobind Singh to remind his Sikhs that they should control their sexual desire, Kam (lust). The Kacha is a long underwear that comes to just above the knees and gives a feeling of dignity, modest and honour to the person who wears this garment. The garment is usually made from white light-weight cotton material. It served to cover the person's private parts, as well, as remind Sikhs of the Guru's message to think of the opposite sex as they would think of their other family members and not as objects.
The Kaccha is secured and tied with a "nala" (drawstring). This serves as another reminder that while one takes the time to untie the drawstring one is given time to think about what one is about to do. The Guru reminds us how while remembering the Lord, sexual desire can be overcome, thus:
- "Through the Kind and Compassionate True Guru, I have met the Lord; I have conquered sexual desire, anger and greed." (SGGS page 81)
The Kacha is the Guru's gift and it reminds the Sikhs of the Guru's message regarding the control of the Five Evils especially lust. Further, this garment allows the Sikh soldier to operate in combat freely and without any hindrance or restriction. It serves its purpose efficiently and effective and is easy to fabricate, maintain, wash and carry compared to other under-garments of the day, like the dhoti, etc
|These articles deal with Sikh's Five ks|