Devotees’ delight

The one-inch Guru Granth Sahib on display at the Gurudwara Sadh Sangat in Visakhapatnam on Friday.—Photo: K.R. Deepak  

A miniature Guru Granth Sahib is cradled delicately in a glass-case. With the help of the light fixed on the case and the microscope placed adjacent to it, one can read the unique one-inch sized sacred book.

As part of the All-India tour organised by a team of Gurudwara Maithan of Agra, three types of Guru Granth Sahib attract the Sikh community to Gurudwara Sadh Sangat at Seethammadhara.

The smallest Guru Granth Sahib was written some 100 years ago during World War I with funding from the British government and printed on German printing press. Only 13 copies of the one-inch Granth were printed. The Granth ran into 1,430 pages.

There are two other unique volumes on display — one is 275 years old and the other is 225 years old. The former consists of 1,735 pages and was hand written by Udaasi Sampraday Sant and the latter has 1,937 pages engraved initially on the rock by two Muslims — Haji Chirag Din and Haji Saraj Din — and later converted to a book.

During the war, the community people wanted to pay respects to Guru Granth Sahib before they entered the battlefield, said secretary of the Gurudwara Balvinder Singh.

“They wanted to pray and tie the holy book in their turbans to confront the enemies. The holy book unfurls the facts relating to the whole world in the past, present, and future period. It also talks about other religions, apart from features related to history, geography, and science,” he explained.

A team of eight persons from Gurudwara Maithan of Agra would be touring various places like Rajahmundry, Vijayawada, and Hyderabad, among many others, to make the Sikh community view the centuries-old unique scriptures all over India. One can have a glimpse of the precious scriptures at the venue till Saturday before 8 p.m.

Earlier, the holy book was known as ‘Pothi Saheb’ and 10{+t}{+h}Guru Gobind Singh declared that after him there would be no more Gurus and instead we were asked to follow the Granth.

We started worshipping it as ‘Guru Granth Sahib’, said another community member. The revered book is preserved in a air-conditioned room every night and brought out in the morning with prescribed rituals.

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