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Sikhism: revelation

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Treatment of the Guru Granth Sahib

The Guru Granth Sahib [Guru Granth Sahib: Primal collection of Sikh Scriptures, compiled by Guru Arjan and given its final form by Guru Gobind Singh. ] is given the same respect that was shown to the human Gurus during their lifetimes.

  • In the Gurdwara [Gurdwara: Sikh place of worship. Literally, the 'doorway to the Guru'. ] it is put to bed in its own room every evening.
  • At the beginning of the day the Granthi, and any other Sikhs present, form a procession to carry the Guru Granth Sahib to its position on the Manji Sahib (small platform on which the Guru Granth Sahib is placed) in the Diwan hall (the room where worship takes place) of the Gurdwara.
  • The Guru Granth Sahib is never placed on the ground and Sikhs never turn their back on it.
  • While the Guru Granth Sahib is being read the Granthi (the appointed reader of the scripture) waves a special fan, called a chauri, over the pages.

Most Sikhs do not own a copy of the Guru Granth Sahib because of the difficulty of showing it the proper respect. Most Sikh families have a copy of the Dasam Granth (poetry written by Guru Gobind Singh and not included in the Guru Granth Sahib) or the sacred Nit nem (a prayer book) at home.

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