The kirpan is a sword or knife carried by Sikhs. Guru Gobind Singh in 1699 gave a religious commandment that Sikhs have to wear five "articles of faith" at all times, the kirpan being one. The word itself has two roots: "kirpa" meaning "mercy", "grace", "compassion" or "kindness". Second root is "aanaa", which means "honor", "grace" or "dignity".  

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