‘One group which is certainly different
from the Tat Khalsa ideal, yet which prides itself on being
the only true Khalsa, is that of the Nihangs.’
(‘Sikhism’, Hew McLeod, 1997, Pa.194)
An Akali Nihang Singh
Unknown Akali photographed in 1860 by Hooper and Weston
is a powerful example of the Victorian photographers art form.
warrior is prodigiously armed. He is holding a 'ferenghi'
sword in his right
hand.The dagger in his waistband is a Chillanum, . He also
has a shield, a second
sword and a pistol about his person. His turban is adorned
with 'chakars' (quoits), and
an 'Aad chand' (half moon cresent signifying that he represents
Shiv-Swaroop (ie, the very form of Shiva)