Installation of the Guru Granth Sahib

Guru Granth Sahib, Installation of the

September-October; during the Sikh month of Asun
Guru Gobind Singh, the last of the ten Sikh gurus or spiritual leaders, did not choose a human successor before he died in 1708. Instead, he called his followers together and told them that in the future, the Adi Granth, or Sikh scriptures, would serve as Guru. The Adi Granth was renamed the Guru Granth Sahib and was installed as the 11th and perpetual Guru to the Sikhs.
The anniversary of the installation of the Guru Granth Sahib is observed with ceremonies in the gurdwaras, or houses of worship. These often include readings, the singing of hymns, lectures, and the serving of free meals. A continuous reading of the entire Guru Granth Sahib, which is 1,430 pages long and takes approximately three days to read, may also be conducted. The anniversary of the installation is also a popular day for Sikhs to rededicate themselves to their faith.
RelHolCal-2004, p. 204
SikhFest-1989, p. 26
Holidays, Festivals, and Celebrations of the World Dictionary, Fourth Edition. © 2010 by Omnigraphics, Inc.
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