Udasi Vs Sikhs

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In 1926 the Lahore High Court passed a judgement that Udasis are not Sikhs. A large number of differences between Sikhs and Udasis have been detailed. The most important are :

  • Udasis wear clothes of ochre colour - Sikhs do not.
  • Udasis may or may not have long hair - Sikhs are enjoined to. Cutting the hair is an act of apostasy.
  • Udasis are not enjoined to keep the five kakkaars - Sikhs are.
  • Udasis need not be initiated in the ceremony of Pahul - Sikhs must.
  • Caps are the peculiar badges of Udasis - Sikhs are prohibited from wearing them.
  • Udasis observe Hindu rites and ceremonies - Sikhs do not.
  • The chief object of worship of Udasis is the ball of ashes - this is condemned by the Sikhs. Udasis adore samadhs - Sikhs do not.
  • Udasis may smoke - Sikhs may not. Smoking is an act of apostasy.
  • Udasis employ Brahmins - Sikhs are not allowed to.
  • Udasis perform shraadh (ancestral rites of offering food to the dead) - Sikhs do not.
  • Udasis observe the caste system - Sikhs do not.

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