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Who are Nihangs? How are they different from other Sikhs?

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Asked by Neha Sahi, 12 Oct '11 11:48 am
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Nihang is a Persian word meaning crocodile. Nihangs were suicide squads of the Mughal army and wore blue uniforms. The Sikhs took the name and the uniform from theMughals. Nihangs constitute an order of Sikhs who, abandoning the fear of death, are ever ready for martyrdom and remain unsullied by worldly possessions. A Nihang is one who has nothing and is free from anxiety. The order is said to have been founded by Guru Gobind Singh himself as a fighting body of the Khalsa. The Nihangs were also called Akalis (servitors of the Timeless God) which term has now become synonymous with the members of a political party in Punjab. (Most of them wear blue turbans).

Nihangs can be recognized from a distance as they wear dark blue robes with their legs bare below the knees and high blue and yellow turbans laced with steel discs. They usually carry spears, swords, daggers and shields. They use a charming vocabulary of Braggadocio, which has found its way into the Punjabi language.

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Answered by Prasoon Sinha, 12 Oct '11 11:55 am

 
  
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They are the most beautiful persons, but, unfortunately they find themselves under the shadow of ugly film stars.
Answered by Brinda Health, 12 Oct '11 11:53 am

 
  
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Ihangs (also: called Akalis) are a very famous and prestigious armed Sikh order. Early Sikh military history is dominated by the Akali Sikh military order that is particularly noted for the many famous military victories they won, often while they were heavily out-numbered. The Nihungs have historically been held in great affection and respect by Sikhs due the pivotal role they have played in Sikh history and Sikh military history in particular. The Nihang's activities are currently mostly ceremonial, as it is peace time but in times of war for the Sikh religion the Akalis have historically spear-headed the attack on the en
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Answered by Anurag Sharma, 12 Oct '11 11:50 am

 
  
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Nihangs are sikhs with a twist. They are like Samurai of the Sikh with their own code of honour, their own dress code etc. They are usually monks who don't enter family life owing to the fact that they are essentially martial. Althoug incomparable with Samurai or ancient Sparta in full, in a way, these orders also share some cultural / martial cultural relations. While Nihangs are essentially monks and higly meditative and also train in martial arts, they have certain other practices for which other Sikh brother hood need not follow. Nihangs were the Ninjas of Maharaja Ranjit Singh.
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Answered by Lost Soul, 12 Oct '11 11:58 am

 
  
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