Sikh chola

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Sikh Chola
Preserved Sikh chola
TypeIndian (specifically Punjabi)
Place of originPunjab

Sikh Chola (Punjabi: ਚੋਲਾ (Gurmukhi), romanized: Cōlā, lit.'Robe') is traditional dress worn by Sikhs.[1][2]


It is a martial attire which gives freedom of movement to a Sikh warrior.[3][4] Sikh Chola is also unisex attire, and may also be decorated with heavy embroidery all over it or on the chest.

Preserved examples[edit]

There are preserved chola relics and artefacts that were worn by the Sikh Gurus.[5] A particular Khilka-type Chola believed to have belonged to Guru Nanak has garnered considerable attention and study.[6] A preserved chola of Guru Hargobind linked to the tale of his release from Gwalior Fort with fifty-two fellow prisoners is believed to be preserved at Ghudani Kalan village in Amritsar district of Punjab, India.[7]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Gill, Harjinder Singh. "ਚੋਲਾ - SGGS Gurmukhi-English Data". Sri Granth: Punjabi Dictionary & Encyclopedia ( Santa Monica, CA, USA. Retrieved 2022-09-05.
  2. ^ "ਚੋਲਾ". Sri Granth: Punjabi Dictionary & Encyclopedia ( Retrieved 2022-09-07.
  3. ^ Sikh Chola Images
  4. ^ Chola Definition by
  5. ^ "ਚੋਲਾ ਗੁਰੂ ਕਾ - ਪੰਜਾਬੀ ਪੀਡੀਆ" [Cholas of the Gurus]. (in Punjabi). Retrieved 2022-09-05.
  6. ^ Sarna, Jasbir Singh (2020-05-25). "Muslim savants fascinated with Guru Nanak's spirituality, gift the Arabic robe". The World Sikh News. Retrieved 2022-09-13.
  7. ^ Kaur, Usmeet (2014-10-21). "Faith preserved, Guru Hargobind's sacred robe restored". Hindustan Times. Amritsar. Retrieved 2022-09-05.