A Dastaar (Punjabi: ਦਸਤਾਰ, dastāar, from Persian: دستار) or Pagṛi (Punjabi: ਪਗੜੀ) or Pagg (Punjabi: ਪੱਗ), is an item of headgear associated with Sikhism and is an important part of the Sikh culture. Wearing a Sikh turban is mandatory for all Amritdhari (initiated) Sikh men.
Among the Sikhs, the Dastaar is an article of faith that represents honour, self-respect, courage, spirituality, and piety. TheKhalsa Sikh men and women, who keep the Five Ks, wear the turban partly to cover their long, uncut hair (kesh). The Khalsa Sikhs regard the Dastaar as an important part of the unique Sikh identity.
The Dastaar has been an important part of the Sikh religion since the time of the First Guru. Guru Angad Dev honoured Guru Amar Das with a special Dastaar when he was declared the next Guru. At the time when Guru Ram Das passed on, Guru Arjun Dev was honoured with the Dastaar of Guruship.
- Marne di pag Pirthiye badhi. Guriyaee pag Arjan Ladhi
Guru Gobind Singh, the last human Sikh Guru, wrote: Kangha dono vaqt kar, paag chune kar bandhai. ("Comb your hair twice a day and tie your turban carefully, turn by turn.")
Dastaar Classes and demonstrations:
Classes take place every Sunday from 10am to 11am at the Gurdwara Sahib. Anyone can come and participate in the class and in addition to how to tie a Dastaar, you can also learn more about the history and different styles.
Dastaar classes are for all ages and make and females.
In addition to classes, the Gurdwara Sahib takes part in many Dastaar Tying educational events, where we go into the community and explain what the Dastaar is and clarify common misconceptions of the Dastaar. Please contact us if you would like to book an event.