The Khanda is found on the Nishan Sahib and on the canopy over the Guru Granth Sahib Ji. The name is derived from the central symbol of a Khanda, which is a special type of double edged sword. A Khanda was used by Guru Gobind Singh Ji when preparing Amrit for the Panj Pyarey (five beloved ones).

The Khanda consists of the following elements: the khanda sword, a circular Chakra, a sword on the left and a sword on the right.

 Khanda – the central double edged sword

Represents the creative power of One God.

Chakra –  circle

Represents the omni presence of God and universal brotherhood. By implication the rejection of caste, ritualism, superstitions and racial and gender inequality.

Piri – left sword

Represents spiritual freedom.

Two edges of the double-edged sword.

Represents freedom and justice. This is what the Khalsa Panth stands for.

Miri – right sword

Represents political freedom.

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