A kar sevak is someone who offers services for free to a dharmic cause. The term is derived from the Sanskrit words kara (hand) and sevaka (servant). Kar sevak was also the free voluntary work by Sikhs in 1984 to restore the Golden Temple at Amritsar which had been damaged by the fights between insurgents and the Indian Army. It was organised by the Vishva Hindu Parishad for the construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya and was responsible for the demolition of the Babri Masjid.
Sikhs use the term kar sevak to represent people who engage in ministrations, altruistic philanthropy and humanitarian endeavors in service to religion and society (primarily to build structures).
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