Panj Pyara means literally five beloved ones in Punjabi. The Pyara are beloved by Sikhs because the tenth guru of the Sikhs, Gobind Rai, called to a crowd of thousands who had assembled on the day of Vaisakhi asking for volunteers who would give him their heads. Five men came forward:

They became known as the five beloved ones, or the Panj Pyara. They performed the first Amrit initiation ceremony of the Sikhs, in April of 1699. Since that day the Panj Pyara play an important role in all Sikh activities.