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Naam Karan is the Child Naming Ceremony. At home, you can open up the Guru Granth Sahib to a random page and the first letter of the first word on top of the left page is the letter designated for the child's first name. You may choose a letter by taking online Hukam. What is Hukamnama?

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English: Kaur Gurmukhi:  ਕੌਰ Hindi: कौर Meaning: The Crown Prince (as an emphasis on equality.  The word literally means son, or Pr...


English: Kaur

Gurmukhi: ਕੌਰ
Hindi: कौर

Meaning: The Crown Prince (as an emphasis on equality.  The word literally means son, or Prince and not "princess" as the common misconception and interpretation)

Click here for Punjabi Pronunciation of the word Kaur 🗣

Spiritual and Historial Significance 📖

In 1699, Sikh Women were given the last name 'Kaur' and Men 'Singh' by Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth Guru of the Sikhs.  This initiate intended to end the caste system, social stratification and much of the apparatus of Hindu ritual and legalism.  In Indian society, an individual's name reveals his or her caste, and Sikhs were freed from the caste system by having all men incorporate Singh in their names and all women, Kaur.  Based on the premises of gender equality,  Kaur was also given to Sikh Women to establish an identity independent of their father or husband.  The world itself, literally means son or prince.  Guru Nanak had already elevated the social status of women.  Guru Gobind Singh Ji elevated the socio-economic and political status of women to that of royalty.  Sikh women shoulder the responsibility of furthering the next generation so rightfully so, they are equal inheritatns to their culture and to the future of the Panth.  Sikh women do not need to take their husband's last name and establishes their equal cultural footing in a traditionally patriachial society. 
Some may generally and unknowlingly assume that the name means Princess.  A prince however, has a claim to the proverbial throne, inheritance, social and fianancial equity.  Thus, a Kaur is rightfully a Crown Prince.  


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