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Jhatka or Chatka meat (Hindi: झटका, Punjabi: ਝਟਕਾ) is meat from an animal that has been killed by a single strike of a sword or axe to sever the head, as opposed to ritualistically slow slaughter (Kuttha) like the Jewish slaughter or Islamic slaughter (dhabihah). It is the method preferred by many Hindus, Sikhs, and Christians. Jhatka is one of highly debatable topic, among different scholars, sects and cults within Sikhism.

On Jhatka, Mahankosh(Punjabi language encyclopedia which was compiled by Bhai Kahn Singh Nabha) states following:
ਝਟਕਾ - jhatakā - झटका: ਸੰਗ੍ਯਾ- ਝੋਕਾ. ਧੱਕਾ. ਝੜਾਕਾ। ੨. ਸੱਤਿ ਸ੍ਰੀ ਅਕਾਲ ਕਹਿਕੇ ਸ਼ਸਤ੍ਰ ਦੇ ਇੱਕ ਵਾਰ ਨਾਲ ਜੀਵ ਦਾ ਸਿਰ ਵੱਢਣਾ।¹ ੩. ਝਟਕੇ ਹੋਏ ਜੀਵ ਦਾ ਮਾਸ.
ਝਟਕਾਉਣਾ - jhatakāunā - झटकाउणा: ਕ੍ਰਿ- ਤਲਵਾਰ ਦੇ ਇੱਕ ਝੋਕੇ ਨਾਲ ਜਾਨਵਰ ਦਾ ਸਿਰ ਵੱਢ ਸਿੱਟਣਾ. "ਆਨਹੁ ਛਾਗ ਇੱਕ ਝਟਕੈਂ ਨਿਜ ਪਾਨਾ." (ਗੁਪ੍ਰਸੂ) ੨. ਬੰਦੂਕ਼. ਆਦਿ ਸ਼ਸਤ੍ਰ ਨਾਲ ਜੀਵ ਨੂੰ ਇਸੇ ਤਰਾਂ ਮਾਰਨਾ ਕਿ ਉਹ ਤੁਰਤ ਮਰ ਜਾਵੇ.

On religious Sikh festivals, including Hola Mohalla and Vaisakhi, at the Gurdwara of Hazur Sahib, Fatehgarh Sahib and many other Sikh Gurdwaras,[1] jhatka meat is offered as "mahaprasad" to all visitors in a Gurdwara. This is regarded as food blessed by the Guru and should not be refused.


  1. ^ "The most special occasion of the Chhauni is the festival of Diwali which is celebrated for ten days. This is the only Sikh shrine at Amritsar where Maha Prasad (meat) is served on special occasions in Langar", The Sikh review, Volume 35, Issue 409 - Volume 36, Issue 420, Sikh Cultural Centre, 1988

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