Akhand Path Sahib (akhand = uninterrupted, without break; path = reading) is non-stop, continuous recital of the Guru Granth Sahib from beginning to end. Such a recital must be completed within 48 hours. The Guru Granth Sahib Ji is 1430 large pages, and is read through in a continuous reading.
During an Akhand Path Sahib, the Guru Granth Sahib is read day and night, without a moment’s intermission. The relay of reciters who take turns at saying Scripture must ensure that no break occurs.
Akhand Path Services at Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara, most commonly take place on the weekend, with them starting on Friday morning and concluding on Sunday morning. During these three days, families listen to the path and take part in seva at the Gurdwara Sahib.
To book your Akhand Path Sahib program at Guru Nanak Gurdwara, contact us today.
Naam Karan (Baby Naming Ceremony)
Baby Naming Ceremony (Naam Karan) as per Sikh Reht Maryada (Sikh Code of Conduct)
After the birth of a child, the mother and the child, when in good health, go to the Gurdwara with their relatives and friends for the naming ceremony.
After Kirtan or Path, Anand Sahib (short version comprising six stanzas) should be recited and the Ardas in appropriate terms expressing joy over the naming ceremony he offered and the Karhah Prashad distributed.
Then the holy Hukam (command) should be taken. The child’s name is chosen to begin with the first letter of the ‘Hukam’. The title of Singh (lion) is given to the male and Kaur (princess) to the female child.
Karah Parshad is distributed to the congregation.
Anand Kaaraj (Sikh Wedding)
Wedding is a key event in all families and we aim to ensure that the entire process is well planned out. We discuss and plan the entire event with the families and wedding couple and ensure that the process is clear to all, including all guests, with information brochures.
Below is an explanation of the entire service.
The Sikh Wedding Ceremony
In the Sikh Faith marriage is seen as a sacred union, the purpose of which is to share their life within two worlds, the spiritual as well as the physical. It is why in the Sikh scriptures marriage is presented as two bodies sharing one soul – the ultimate goal is to proceed towards this reality.
Gurdwara – Sikh Place of Worship
The term “Gurdwara” is a combination of two words: Guru – the enlightner and “dwara” – literally meaning door but here it denotes the abode. Hence the literal translation of Gurdwara is the “abode of the Guru” in a passive sense and in an active sense, it is the door to the guru, which the human soul must attempt to open.
The First (Introductory) Ardaas
Before the beginning of the marriage ceremony, a silent prayer is conducted by the Granthi (Priest) in which the bride, groom, and their parents stand up and the rest of the congregation remains seated. In the prayer, permission to begin the marriage ceremony with the grace of God is asked.
The First Hukamnama – The Order (Hymn from Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji)
The Granthi will read the Guru’s Hukum (Order) to the congregation. Through the Hukamnama, Guru Ji speaks and showers His blessings upon the couple, the parents, and the holy congregation. At this time, the Granthi (Priest) explains to the couple about this new phase of life that they are about to embark on and also what their respective duties and responsibilities are in accordance to each other and to the Sikh Faith.
Tying the Wedding Knot
This ceremony is known as ‘Palle Dee Rasam’, where the Bride’s relative (usually the father) will take one end of the scarf held by the groom and hands it over to the bride who holds on to it until the completion of the wedding ceremony. Holding the scarf in her hand, the bride and groom physically join in communion, ready to accept and affirm their marriage vows in front of the Guru.
The Lavaan – Marriage Hymns
The four Lavaans are first ready out by the Granthi (Priest) from the Sri Guru Granth Sahib and then sung by the Raagis (Hymn Singers) one by one. With each Lanv both the groom and the bride will walk around the Guru Granth Sahib.
Guru Ram Das, the fourth Guru Ji, wrote this hymn consisting of four stanzas to explain the spiritual marriage of the soul with God. This is the mission of human life as prescribed by the Sikh faith. Each Lavaan starts with the invocation, “God, I am obliged to You for Your Grace”
The four Lavaan have a particular message in a Sikh’s quest for spiritual growth. The first Lavaan emphasizes discipline and the second, the growth of love and enthusiasm. The third Lanvaan lays stress on restraint and the fourth and the last mentions the harmony of perfect bliss derived from marriage.
Marriage is a spiritual journey of one soul in two bodies, which needs love, mutual respect, mutual trust, mutual adjustment and commitment to attain unity with God.
The third, Guru Ji, Guru Amardas Ji says, just by sitting together don’t proclaim to be husband and wife; rather husband and wife are those who have one spirit in two bodies.
Closing of the Wedding Ceremony
Everyone will now stand for the Ardaas (standing prayer) to thank Waheguru and Guru Ji for the completion of the marriage and for the whole congregation to join to ask the Lord to bless the couple.
Distribution of Karah Parshaad
Now some Gurdwara volunteers will distribute Karah Parshaad, which one receives by cupping both hands.
Karah Parshaad is a sweet pudding, which is made of flower, butter/ghee, sugar and water.
Karah Parshaad is sacred food which acts as holy communion, a token and gift from Guru Ji to the all the congregation irrespective of gender, religion or background.
Guru Ka Langar
After the conclusion of the ceremony all are invited to partake in the Guru’s Langar, the meal is eaten on floor mats, the lowering of the self to the floor reflect humility and equality of whatever caste or class you are from.
Historically the tradition of the Langar was used by the Sikh Gurus to reject the caste system, how one sat or dressed in relationship to another person determined a person’s caste. The Sikh faith rejects the caste system.
The meals in the Langar are vegetarian.
Other Religious Services
In addition to Akhand Path Sahib, the Gurdwara Sahib conducts many other types of religious services. Some of the most common are as follows:
Sukhmani Sahib Path
Kirtan at Gurdwara
Kirtan at Home
More information on Sahej Path and Sukhmani Sahib Path is written below. Each of these services can be booked at a convenient time for you and your family and we strive to make the booking program and explaining the protocols and services as simple, yet being thorough as possible.
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Religious Services :: Sahej Path
Sahej Path is also reciation of Sri Guru Granth Sahib, from beginning to end, but it doesn’t have to be continuous. A person or group of persons can read the Sri Guru Granth Sahib according to their schedule and complete the reading of Guru Granth Sahib.
Religious Services :: Sukhmani Sahib Path
Sukhmani Sahib, titled Gauri Sukhmani in the Guru Granth Sahib after the musical measure Gauri to which it belongs, is a lengthy composition by Guru Arjan which many include in their daily regimen of prayers. The site, once enclosed by a dense wood, where it was composed around AD 1602-03, is still marked on the bank of the Ramsar pool in the city of Amritsar.
The word Sukhmani is rendered into English as “consoler of the mind.” The entire poem has been translated into English more than once under the commonly preferred title, “Psalm of Peace” or “Song of Peace,” signifying the soothing effect it has on the nynd of the reader. Sukh literally means peace or comfort and mani mind or heart.
The Sukhmani comprises twenty-four astpadis or cantos, each comprising eight stanzas. They are composed in the metre chaupai. A sloka or couplet precedes each astpadi. The first seven stanzas of the astpadi explore the theme stated in the preceding sloka and the eighth sometimes sums up the astpadi but, more often, becomes a paean of praise placing the theme in the context of an overall vision of Eternal Reality. This structure is maintained throughout and though, from canto to canto, there may not be traceable progression of thought as in a philosophical work, there is a continuing unity of spiritual and ethical tone.
One of the fundamental texts of the Sikh faith, the Sukhmani presents a complete scheme of the teachings of the Sikh faith. While each astpadi has a fresh vision to impart, a particular aspect of Truth to unfold, the whole text may be regarded as the reiteration of basic themes such as Divine immanence, Divine compassion, abundance of grace, God’s succouring hand, the merit of devotion, of holy company and humility. With such reiteration, the composition as a whole has a remarkable gripping quality reinforced by the striking imagery which in stanza after stanza brings home to the seeker the truths he must own.