These long Kangas are rarely used under the turban due to their larger size. However, they are an important part of the daily hair care routine of both Sikhs and Kundalini yogis.
The symbolism of the Kanga relates to the principle of having a clean mind and body. In addition, it represents the importance of discipline; long hair needs to be combed through thoroughly twice a day. This regular ritual further translates into a reminder to keep one’s life organised and orderly. The teachings emphasise remembering that the body is our vehicle to enlightenment and hence should be respected and well cared for.
The Kangas are made of ‘neem’ wood (Azadirachta indica – commonly known as nimtree, or Indian lilac) which is native to the Indian subcontinent. All parts of the tree are widely used medicinally. This is why the use of these wooden combs is believed to control hair loss, dandruff and other scalp problems. Here is a link to more information on this amazing tree: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Azadirachta_indica