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Daswandh is a system in Sikhism of donating money for charity purposes. The word ‘daswandh’ literally means ‘one tenth’ and refers to the fraction that a Sikh person must contribute from his/her income.

The Daswandh system originated during the time of Guru Arjan Dev (1581-1606), one of the Sikh gurus. He collected funds through a missionary order called Masand, which was established to spread Sikhism. He implemented the Daswandh system for the maintenance of Sikh Gurdwaras.

The Daswandh system continues in modern times, where a Sikh person considers it his duty to contribute for the well-being of the society. There is however no compulsion for this kind of donation. Whatever one contributes is out of one’s own free will and devotion.

Updated on 30th January, 2015


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