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Khanda (Sikh symbol)

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The Khanda (☬ Punjabi: ਖੰਡਾ, khaṇḍā) depicts the Sikh doctrine Deg Tegh Fateh in emblematic form. It is also part of the design of the "Sikh national flag", the Nishan Sahib. A double edged sword (also called Khanda) is placed at the top of a Nishan Sahib flag as an ornament or finial.

The Khanda Emblem is an amalgam of three symbols, represented by three different items.

* A double-edged sword also called a Khanda which is in the centre

* the Deg (cauldron)

* Two single-edged swords, or kirpans, are crossed at the bottom and sit on either side of the Khanda and Chakkar. They represent the dual characteristics of Miri-Piri, indicating the integration of both spiritual and temporal sovereignty together and not treating them as two separate and distinct entities.

The symbol is encoded in Unicode, in the Miscellaneous Symbols range, at codepoint U+262C (☬).


Graphical characteristics:
Asymmetric, Open shape, Monochrome, Contains both straight and curved lines, Has no crossing lines.

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