KamarKasa/Sikh Waist Belt
Please note these KamarKassa/Waist Belts are hand made in the holy City of Amritsar Sahib ji (Blessed City of Golden Temple/Darbar Sahib and Harmandir Sahib Ji)
Kamarkasa is a sash bound around waist to hold weapons a essential part of Nihang dress. It is also called cumberband or Belt or waist sash or waistband.
This kamarkasa with stich buttons is black in colour and made of the best quality fabric which guarantees long durability. Easy to fasten/unfasten and adjust size with the stitch buttons.
kamarkasa has always been essential in the dress attire of Gursikhs as it is
sign of being battle ready. Giani Gian Singh describes Singhs in his Panth
Prakash of usually just wearing a Dumalla, Kachera and a kamarkasa, with
sometimes blankets to cover them from the cold.
In the sakhi of Sukha Singh in Panth Prakash, Rattan Singh Bhangoo describes Bh Sukha Singh as such:
ਕਮਰ ਕੱਸਾ ਨਿਸ ਦਿਨ ਰਖੇ, ਲੜਣ ਘੁਲਨ ਕੋ ਤਯਾਰ ॥
His battlefield Kamarkasa [Weapons belt] was tied tightly day and night, Sukha Singh was always ready to battle and wrestle.
Those with the knowledge of Shastar-vidiya know how important the kamarkasa plays in drawing their weapon quickly. Whereas a gathra requires the effort from both hands to draw their weapon, the kamarkasa allows for the drawing of a weapon with one hand. When entering Guru Sahibs Darbar we should tie a Kamarkasa along with Hazooria.
Kavi Santokh Singh jee has said in Suraj Prakash that Kamarkasa is very essential as is part of Khalsa Bana. Kavi jee writes a great line in his work stating that Gursikhs of Sri Guru Gobind Singh jees time always wore Kamarkasa.
ਕਮਰ ਕਸਾ ਕਰਿ ਦੇਹੁ ਦਿਖਾਈ । ਹਮਰੀ ਖੁਸ਼ੀ ਹੋਇ ਅਧਿਕਾਈ ।
When showing yourself to me have your Kamar Kasa tied, in such a way I shall be extremely happy
And those that would not tie one Guru Sahib wouldn't take notice of them.
ਕਮਰ ਕਸੇ ਬਿਨ ਜੋ ਸਿਖ ਜਾਇ । ਤਿਸ ਪਰ ਰੁਖ ਨਹਿ ਕਰੈਂ ਕਦਾਇ ।।੧੦।।
Those Sikhs who went towards the Guru without wearing a Kamarkasa ,Guru Sahib would never look towards them.
This shows the very importance of Kamarkasa, it is really only the Nihang Dals that have kept this Rehat alive, all others have become weak in this Tatt-Rehat. We should strive to follow all Gur-Hukams, Guru Sahib jee Mehar Karan.
ਸਿੰਘ ਰੂਪ ਸ਼ਸਤ੍ਰਨ ਜੁਤਿ ਹੇਰੈਂ । ਹੋਤਿ ਗੁਰੂ ਕੀ ਖੁਸ਼ੀ ਬਡੇਰੈ ।
The appearance of a Singh/Singhni is complete with weapons (Hazooria & Kamarkasa aswell), when Guru Sahib jee see's this He becomes extremely happy.
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