What Is a Kara or Kakar Bangle?

3 Kakkars - Kara, kanga and kirpann
The kara is one of the five articles of faith in Sikhism. (Harisingh/Wikimedia Commons/CC ASA 3.0U)

The kara is a steel or iron bangle worn on the wrist and is one of five kakar, the articles of faith required to be worn by the Amritdhari Sikh, a Sikh who has been initiated into the order of Khalsa.

  • The kara is a bracelet made of pure steel or iron.
  • The kara originated as a protective ring to guard the sword arm of the Khalsa warrior. Some Sikhs consider the kara as a reminder having a similar significance to a wedding ring, or a slave bracelet, which serves as an unbreakable bond binding them to the service of the Guru.
  • The kara is to be worn on the body by the Amritdhari at all times.

Pronunciation

ka da

Alternate Spellings

karra