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He directed them to observe the "Five Ks": kesh (not to cut hair); kangha (to always carry a comb in the hair); kuchha (to wear underpants, as a sign of cleanliness); kara (to wear a steel bangle); and kirpan (to carry a dagger indicating the Sikh martial tradition).
He taught his followers to wear long hair (kesh, denoting saintly appearance), underwear (kachha, denoting self-control), iron bangle (kara, denoting purity in acts), comb (kangha, denoting cleanliness of mind and body), and sword (kirpan, denoting fight for a just cause).
They stood out because of their characteristic "five K's:" kesh (long hair), kangha (steel comb in the hair), kach (short pants), kara (steel bracelet), and kirpan (sword or dagger worn at the side).
- kangha - comb to maintain the ritually uncut hair, usually wooden comb;
kara (a steel bracelet on his right wrist); kangha (a comb); and kirpan (a curved dagger).