"Five beloved ones;" Five Amritdhari Sikhs. Often refers to the first five initiated Sikhs, during the Vaisakhi celebrations of 1699, who volunteered to give up their lives as a sign of their faith and love for their Guru. Currently, panj piare are necessary to perform the Amrit ceremony, make important corporate decisions, and officiate over special occasions.
Literally "between five rivers." Fertile, agriculturally productive region in the northwest of the Indian sub-continent which today is divided between India and Pakistan. Birthplace of the Sikh religious tradition. Name of a state in both India and Pakistan.