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Larivaar Gurbani

ਵਾਹਿਗੁਰੂਜੀਕਾਖਾਲਸਾ॥ ਵਾਹਿਗੁਰੂਜੀਕੀਫਤਿਹ॥

The word Gurbani (Gurmukhi: ਗੁਰਬਾਣੀ) consists of two roots - Guru and Bani. The word "Guru" means someone who is a "teacher, guide, expert, or master". The word "Bani" refers to utterances, speech, writings or verses. So the combined word "Gurbani" is commonly used by Sikhs to refer to any compositions of the Sikh Gurus and other writers of the Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji.

Larivaar is where Gurbani is written in continuous form as shown above (ie. with no breaks in between the words of Gurbani). This form of writing was used by the Sikh Guru Ji's and other historical Sikhs.

In keeping maximum Satkar, we have kept the Gurbani Ang's with no other writing/ logos on the screen. A useful mouse hover feature shows the Padd-Chhed (broken word) which will aid learning and practice. We hope this section will benefit all those wanting to learn and use Larivaar Gurbani as Guru Ji's intended.


The Ardās is a Sikh prayer that is done before performing or after undertaking any significant task; after reciting the daily Banis (prayers); or completion of a service like the Path (scripture reading/ recitation), kirtan (hymn-singing) program or any other religious program.

Forward ਲੜੀਵਾਰਅਰਦਾਸ - (LarivaarArdas).

The prayer is a plea to God to support and help the Sikh with whatever he or she is about to undertake or has done.


Nitnem (literally 'daily routine') is a collection of Gurbani prayers that is read aloud by Sikhs every day.

Forward ਲੜੀਵਾਰਨਿਤਨੇਮ - (LarivaarNitnem).

The Larivaar nitnem are;

Morning (before sunrise)- ਜਪੁਜੀਸਾਹਿਬ, ਜਾਪੁਸਾਹਿਬ, ਤ੍ਵਪ੍ਰਸਾਦਿਸਵੱਯੇ, ਚੌਪਈਸਾਹਿਬ and ਅਨੰਦੁਸਾਹਿਬ.
Evening - ਰਹਰਾਸਿਸਾਹਿਬ.
Before sleeping - ਸੋਹਿਲਾ.

Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji

The Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji is the central religious text of Sikhi, our final, Sovereign Guru among the lineage of Sikh Gurus. It is a voluminous text of 1430 Angs.

The Adi Granth was completed in 1604 by Guru Arjan Sahib Ji, and installed in Sri Harmandir Sahib; Baba Buddha was appointed Guru's Granthi. Guru Arjun Sahib Ji told his Sikhs that the Adi Granth was the embodiment of the Guru, and should be treated in the same fashion as they respect him. When Guru Arjun first completed the Adi Granth, he placed it upon his own bed and slept on the floor. Its words were written without any spaces or breaks.

Forward ਸ੍ਰੀਗੁਰੂਗ੍ਰੰਥਸਾਹਿਬਜੀ - ਲੜੀਵਾਰਸੈਂਚੀਆਂ (SriGuruGranthSahibJi - LarivaarSainchiyan).

At the time of his joti jot (rejoining with God), Guru Gobind Singh Ji declared that the Word of God embodied in the Sri Guru Granth Sahib was to be Guru for all time. Guru Gobind Singh Ji said, "O Beloved Khalsa, let any who desire to behold me, behold the Guru Granth. Obey the Granth Sahib, for it is the visible body of the Guru. Let any who desire to meet me, diligently search its Bani." Thus the Word of God, which has manifested as Guru in Nanak, and had passed through the ten incarnations of Guru, was now returned to its form as the Word, the Bani, the Shabad.

Sukhmani Sahib

Sukhmani Sahib is the name given to Gurbani divided into 24 sections which appear in the Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji, from Ang 262 to Ang 296. Each section, called an Ashtpadi (Asht means eight), consists of eight pauris or stanzas. Each stanza has ten lines, which consist of five couplets consisting of ten tuks or lines.

The word Sukhmani literally means Mind or Heart (Mani) of Peace (Sukh). the full recital takes about 90 minutes. Many ardent Sikhs include the recitation of this Gurbani in their daily regimen of Nitnem.

Sukhmani Sahib has structural unity. The composition consists of 24 Astpadis each of which begins with a Slok and is followed by 8 Pauris (or stanzas). Each Pauri has ten lines, which consist of five couplets. There is also the unity of theme: the perfection of people mentally. morally and spiritually. The Slok at the beginning of each Astpadi (canto) gives the gist of the 8 Pauris (stanzas) that follow this Slok.

Forward ਲੜੀਵਾਰਸੁਖਮਨੀਸਾਹਿਬ - (LarivaarSukhmaniSahib).

One of the fundamental texts of the Sikh faith, Sukhmani Sahib 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 Pauri after Pauri brings home to the seeker the truths one must own.

This Gurbani is very popular as it brings peace to one's mind. The Gurbani was compiled by the fifth Guru, Sri Guru Arjan Sahib Ji.


The traditions of the Gurus, as they themselves gave us, are in dire need of re-establishment.

Note: Historic Gurdwaras in India, including Sri Harmandir Sahib (Sri Darbar Sahib), Amritsar,
only permit Parkash of Larivaar Saroop of Guru Granth Sahib Ji.

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