Kachoo Katieh

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Kachoo Katieh sect was a short lived Sikh sect originated in approximately 1879. ‘Kachoo’ means ‘knife’ and to ‘Katieh’ is ‘to cut’. THe sect was formed by Niranjan Singh, a Nirmala Sant.


In 1871, Niranjan Singh had become a great Sanskrit Pundit in Kashi. Around 1879, he visited the ‘Kumbh’ festival at the Ganges for holy wisdom of ‘Sadhus’ there. Niranjan Singh fell into the company of a Sanatan Hindu Pundit named Bhai Synassi. He daily visited the Ashram and discussed knowledge of the profound - contained in the ancient texts, known to be very hard to master. A false rumour spread that Niranjan singh had left the nirmala sect and became a follower of the pandit.

The Nirmala Guru of that time arrived at the Kumbh festival where some Sadhus told him that his disciple had forsaken the Nirmala Sikh faith. When Niranjan Singh came to pay homage to his Guru, his Guru severely (and unjustly) reprimanded and demeaned him in front of all. Feeling hurt, Niranjan Singh turned back from his Guru then returned in anger. In uncontrollable rage, taking a knife, he cut his hair and placed it in front of his Guru and said: ‘Is this all your Sikhi or is there some thing else.

On seeing this, many students who studied under Niranjan Singh, Nirmalas and Udasis gathered behind him in protest. Thus, out of a moment of madness came into being the Sikh sect of ‘Kachoo Katia’. This sect, if it can be called that, was composed of learned Nirmalas and Udasis and lasted till death of Niranjan Singh.


Kachho Katia did not believe in having any ‘Guru’ - living or otherwise. They believed one may do as one wishes. They believed in individualistic spiritual pursuit. Wearing clean, well kept and beautifully scented saffron colored clothes, they where men of exceptional character, but had become disenchanted with the holy orders of their time.

After Niranjan Singh's death, the sect merged back into the Nirmala and Udhasi orders.

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