Types Of Karas

Wahe Guru Ji Ki Ka Khalsa, wahe Guru Ji Ki Fateh
Greetings, everyone, I have a question. There are now different designs of the kara; I have seen some that are ridge, some that are smooth, and I have been wondering how the different forms of karas have come about. A friend gave me one that is made of iron rebar; he had bent it into a bangle shape and welded the ends together. Another friend took a lock washer made of steel and welded the ends together, so they are permanently connected, though they do not quite match up and so are just a bit offset. Does anyone know where to find information about the different types and shapes of the kara, and how they came about? Thanks!
 
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Ishna

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I have moved your thread from the 'Islam' subforum to 'Questions and Answers'.
 

Brother Onam

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Sat Sri Akaal,
I think the style or look of kara is not so important. But I am a little put off when I see people wearing gold or gold-looking karas. The fact that it is supposed to be steel has much historical/spiritual meaning to Sikhs; when it is worn in gold, it takes it from the realm of spiritual significance to the realm of ego.
 
Sat Nam, Ji-
I have to say I agree with you. The kara is supposed to be the iron/steel, not gold, and I find myself wondering why the individual wearing a gold one is wearing one at all. Iron and steel are wonderful!
But then, in many places of the world, gold is ridiculously highly valued.
 

Kanwaljit.Singh

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A gold kara is generally given to the groom at the time of marriage. Sometimes people end up replacing their iron kara with that.
 

Harkiran Kaur

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Isn't giving gold karas actually against SRM? In fact, some puritans even shun steel and say it must be sarbloh only.

Instead, I was told Amritdhari usually present the groom with a kirpan, which is what I am bringing to India for my soon to be husband, as he is (and soon I will be) Amritdhari.
 
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Yes, I have heard that it is usually a kirpan than is given to the groom.
Yes, I have seen the gold karas, and I think it has to do with social status as much as anything; and that in itself may related to caste, which Sikhism does not recognize.
At any rate, I am interested in the history of how the different designs came about. If anyone can point me in the right direction I would be thankful indeed.
I have always been interested in the history of the designs of things, and I had noticed the different types of karas a while back, and have been curious as to how they came about. Thanks!
 

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