What is the special Sikh ceremony taking Amrit?

Two Sikh boys called Taren and Jovan join the Sikh Khalsa by taking part in the special Sikh ceremony, which is called taking Amrit.

A special ceremony called taking Amrit is the way to become Khalsa Sikhs. Wearing the Five Ks is how many Sikhs show their commitment. Here, 11-year-old Taran and his brother Joven show us what happened at their Amrit and explain the customs. Amrit is made from sugar water stirred with a sword. It is blessed and sprinkled on the hair and eyes. Amrit can be taken by men, women or children - like Taran and Joven. It is taken in the presence of five Khalsa Sikhs, and the holy scriptures, the Guru Granth Sahib.

Teacher Notes

Pupils could be asked: Do you know other people who have a sense that God is with them? Do you ever have this sense yourself? (A personal question, so handle it sensitively, but teachers are often surprised by disclosures coming form this question). Ask them if they think Taran gets this sense from his clothes, his prayers, or from God, or all three? How would they explain this sense?

Curriculum Notes

This topic will be relevant to teaching Religious Education at KS2 or KS3 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and National 2 or 3 in Scotland.