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GURU GRANTH SAHIB

Sri Guru Granth Sahib is a sacred scripture of the world and Eternal Guru of the Sikhs.

Guru Granth Sahib as the sacred pothi that contained compositions of 36 holy poets from all religions

Because of such an extraordinary feature, this scripture becomes regarded as a universal religion. Indeed, many philosophers of the world and holy men consider the Sri Guru Granth Sahib as the unique treasure and a noble heritage for all humankind.

The sacred verses of Sri Guru Granth Sahib are called Gurbani, meaning the Guru's word or the song of messages enshrined in Sri Guru Granth Sahib. In Sikhism, the Guru is the 'Wisdom of the Word' and not human or a book. God revealed the Word through holy men and women from time to time and the most recent revelations were put in writing as the text of Sri Guru Granth Sahib.

The Sikhs regard Sri Guru Granth Sahib as a complete, inviolable and final embodiment of the message. There is to be no word beyond Gurbani.

"Those who desire to behold the Guru should follow the Granth Sahib, whose contents are visible body of the Guru."

Sri Guru Granth Sahib contains hymns of 36 composers written in twenty-two languages employing a phonetically perfected Gurmukhi script in 1430 pages with 511,874 words, 1,720,345 characters and 28,534 lines. It has been preserved in its original format since its completion by Guru Gobind Singh Ji in 1705.

The fifth Sikh Guru, Arjan Dev compiled and installed the scripture in the central shrine of Sikhism, Harmandar, "Temple of the Infinite". Its foundation stone was laid by a Muslim holy man Main Mir. The city built around it became known as Amritsar, popularly called "City of Golden Temple".

The Granth compiled by Guru Arjan contained hymns of he first five Gurus along with most of the saints and holy men of medieval India. Later, this copy was taken into possession by the Guru's rivals who did not wish to share this freely with the mainstream Sikhs. Guru Gobind Singh took upon himself to recreate the entire Granth. He dictated to a Sikh scholar, Bhai Mani Singh, all verses he considered revealed including the hymns written after Guru Arjan. This took him nearly five year at Anandpur Sahib and Damdama Sahib, completing this in 1705. He founded the Damdama Township and established the first Sikh University to immortalize the sacred occasion.

On 20 October 1708, Guru Gobind Singh gave his final sermon that conferred permanent Gurudom on the Damdama version of the Granth. He selected the town of Nanded, a thousand kilometers away in the Deccan for this event. Since that day, the Granth has universally been known as Sri Guru Granth Sahib.

The Guru Granth is available in print and on the web in Hindi, Sindhi and roman English transliterations. Whereas translations in English, French, Spanish, Punjabi, Hindi, Sindhi and German are already available, those in Thai, Urdu Hebrew and many Indic languages are under preparation.

Sri Guru Granth Sahib contains 5894 hymns. Guru Arjan contributed the largest number of 2216 hymns. Besides the hymns of other saints and eleven poet laureates of the Guru's court whose compositions tallied with gospel of the Sikh faith. here, the Hindu, the Muslim, the Brahmin, the untouchable, all meet in the same congregation of holy souls to create a truly universal scripture for the world.

The remembrance of God - Nam marg is the essence of Sikhism. The repetition of the sikh mantra Waheguru is an invocation of this Holy spirit. Life without Naam or Simran is barren & meaningless.

The remembrance of God - Naam marg is the essence of Sikhism. . . .