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The sikha or shikha (Sanskrit: शिखा; IAST: śikhā; "crest"; Hindi चोटी (choTi)) means flame, powerful, ray of light, peak of a mountain. It is a name of Hindu / Indian origin, and is commonly used for females. It also means long tuft, or lock of hair, left on top or on the back of the shaven head of a male Orthodox Hindu. Though traditionally all Hindus were required to wear a śikhā, today it is seen mainly among Brahmins and temple priests.

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Who has the right to sport a Shikha?

Can Shudras, non-initiated Brahmanas, Kshatriyas, Vaishyas etc. sport a Shikha?
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Who were/are required to wear purvashikha?

I guess they wore their tuft of hair on the front part of the head. (1) What is the significance of "purvashikha"? (2) Has this practice now died out?
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Are grooming/dress rules prescribed for Brahmins?

For example, are Brahmin males required to maintain a Shikha, be freshly bathed and bare-chested while performing rituals or wear dhotis in a certain way?
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Did the Ancient Indian Rishis keep Shikha?

Shikha is a lock of hair on the crown on a shaven head. In the modern times, it is mostly worn by priests. It is believed that traditionally all Hindu men kept Shikha, but later this was restricted ...
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As per scriptures at what part of the head one should tie the sikha? at the back or at the top of it?

We know that in the Vedic Dharma the SikhA and the Upavita (the sacred thread) are indispensable. Without tying SikhA, for example, no Vedic ritual can be successfully completed. We also know that ...
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Significance of five shikhas (tuft) during upanayanam

Most of traditional brahmins have a Shikha (long tuft in english) at back of their head. Shikha is believed to posses great power and so it is touched to establish a power source inside it during ...
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