Sarbat Khalsa

Sarbat Khalsa from sarbat, a Punjabi word meaning all or everything, was a biannual deliberative assembly (on the same lines as a Parliament in a Direct Democracy) of the entire Khalsa held at Amritsar in Punjab during the 18th century. It literally translates to the “entire Sikh Nation” but as a political institution it refers to the meetings of the Dal Khalsa, Sikh Misls, and the legislature of the Sikh Empire. The first Sarbat Khalsa was called by the tenth guru, Guru Gobind Singh before his death in 1708 and the tradition of calling Sarbat Khalsa has continued ever since at times of hardship or conflict. In present, the ceremony of selection of highest priest, is conducted by ‘Sarbat Khalsa‘, a commemorative gathering of Sikhs under the ‘The Nishan Sahib‘, which is a Sikh triangular flag made of cotton or silk cloth, with a tassel at its end. The word, Nishan means symbol, and the flag is hoisted on a tall flagpole, outside most Gurudwaras. The flagpole itself covered with fabric, ends with a two-edged dagger (khanda) on top.


A proposed project on live telecast on religious missionaries, occassional gathering (samagams), celebratory processions (nagar keertan), around the globe. This project will also include public gatherings, talk shows, one-on-one public meetings with religious hierarchies and leaders on regular and special events. Nomination, selection, revocation, dissolution of religious priests (jathedaars) through local communal (sangat) meetings/gatherings or online polling and discussion forums.