Panj Pyare is a tradition founded by the 10th Sikh Guru Gobind Singh. The institution of Panj Pyare was established during the founding of the Khalsa on the day of Baisakhi in 1699. It is the name given collectively to the five Sikh men who was the first batch to receive khanda di Pahul Â– the rites of the two-edged sword. They are considered as the highest authority and decision-makers of the community. Their power surpasses that of Guru Gobind Singh himself.
Presently, every group of five baptized Sikhs is called Panj Pyare. Any baptized Sikh can become a Panj Piare. The unanimous decision taken by the Panj Pyare is to be followed by whole community.