A Summary about the Head Gear or Turban (Pagri) of the Sikhs

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Sikhs have a distinct turban which is different from a Moslem turban. Its a matter of honor for a Sikh to wear a turban

Sikhs and the Army

Wearing a turban is a matter of honor for a Sikh. Lets have a look at some of teh turbans of the Sikhs.
The first Sikh regiment was formed even before the annexation of the Punjab. For close to a hundred years from 1846 the Sikhs were a colorful part of the British Indian Army. In addition even Sikhs who were not in the army wore a distinctive style of turbans also called a Pagri that had its own brand value. Sikhs are now visible all over the world. The painting above is that of a junior Sikh Officer of the British Indian army. You can see the lovely uniform and his medals proudly displayed.

The Sikhs covered themselves with glory for the Raj and a Force of 21 Sikhs soldiers under Havildar Karam Singh held out against a Moslem horde of 10,000 Afghans at the battle of Saragarhi on 12 September 1897. This is now celebrated as Sikh Regiments raising day in India.

Sikhs Abroad

Sikhs also migrated to USA at the turn of the last century. the above painting shows the style of the Sikh turban worn in 1916 by Sikhs in the USA. Most Sikhs initially went to California. But after 1947 a flood of Sikhs migrated to Canada and the State of British Columbia had a Sikh Prime Minister as well. Sikhs are now well settled in the USA and Canada.

After Independence

The Sikhs in India also have a distinction and the Presidents bodyguards sport special dress and turban. The above painting of the Sikh soldier of the Presidents body guard is a beauty.It brings out the regal manner and mien of the soldier as the Sikhs have always made soldiery as their main vocation. Sikh regiments also wear a distinctive pagri that is the hallmark of the Sikh

Sikh Women

Sikh women also wear a turban, but their style is different as can be seen from the photo. These women take pride in being Sikhs and support the head dress as shown after they have been baptised as true Sikhs. The Sikhs are also now part of the culture of England and Pakistan as well. It is not uncommon to see a British bobby with a turban and yes Harsharan Singh a Sikh from Pakistan has joined the Pakistan Army as a an Officer, complete with turban and beard. I am indebted to Shri RM Singh for these paintings.

Modern Age

The turban remains a part of the Sikhs attire in the 21st century as well. An excellent is that of the turban of the Maharajah of Patiala which is shown above, Sikhs will wear a turban with the beard tied in a net, It makes for a very smart appearance.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
31st Dec 2013 (#)

Thanks for the informative post, Madan - siva

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author avatar M G Singh
31st Dec 2013 (#)

Thank you Siva

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
31st Dec 2013 (#)

another most interesting post Madan...I wonder why they started wearing turbans...is there some spiritual meaning?

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author avatar M G Singh
2nd Jan 2014 (#)

Dear Carolina. A turban is meant to cover the head as ordained by the Guru. It is also a mark of respect and authority

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
1st Jan 2014 (#)

Thanks Madan for sharing this piece and very eduating too, very proud people

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author avatar M G Singh
2nd Jan 2014 (#)

Thank you Fred. Great of you to have commented

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author avatar Kingwell
1st Jan 2014 (#)

Thank you for this information and I would love to know more about the Sikhs. As you say it is common to see them in Canada today.

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author avatar M G Singh
2nd Jan 2014 (#)

Thank you Kingwell.

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author avatar Ptrikha
1st Jan 2014 (#)

Great piece on a legacy!

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author avatar M G Singh
2nd Jan 2014 (#)

Thanks Ptrikha

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author avatar Jagjeet
11th Jul 2015 (#)

Turbans known as pagadis in local language mostly used in rajasthan reflect the cast, culture, profession of the person. if You've been to rajasthan.
on various occasions various types of turbans are used.Turbans are not worn by everyone.Thanks for sharing,for further details please visit on this link.
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