The Kamarkasa (revered waist band)

ਕਾਲ ਉਪਾਸਕ ਛਤ੍ਰਿਯ-ਧਰਮਾ, ਰਣ ਕਟਿ ਕਸਿ ਪ੍ਰਧਾਨ ਅਏ॥ Worshippers of Death and followers of the Kshatriya way, wearing a Kamarkasa, the Khalsa are the supreme warriors in battle. (ref. Sri ManglaCharan Puraan/Sri SarblohGranth sahib)

ਕਮਰ ਕਸਾ ਕਰਿ ਦੇਹੁ ਦਿਖਾਈ । ਹਮਰੀ ਖੁਸ਼ੀ ਹੋਇ ਅਧਿਕਾਈ । When showing yourself to me have your Kamar Kasa tied, in such a way I (Guru Gobind Singh ji) shall be extremely happy. (ref. GurPratap Sooraj Granth, Kavi Santokh Singh ji)

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. (ref. Sakhi of Sukha Singh and Mehtaab Singh in Panth Prakash, Rattan Singh Bhangoo describing Sukha Singhs appearance)

Adorned by all Guru sahibs and all of the Warrior Sikhs, and commonly seen in paintings the kamarkasa is an integral part of the Khalsa Identity and it's Battle uniform , but is now being neglected. Those with the knowledge of Shastar vidiya know how important the kamarkasa plays in drawing their weapon quickly. Whereas a Gaatra requires the effort from both hands to draw their weapon, the kamarkasa allows for the drawing of a weapon with a one handed swift movement. In past ages the servants of Kings would keep a Kamarkasa which would double as a hazooria to keep hygiene. It would signify they were the servant of their King, just as we are servants of our Guru.

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