Also known as Shri Guru Granth Sahib, it is a voluminous text of 1430 Angs, compiled and composed during the period of Sikh gurus, from 1469 to 1708.
It is a collection of hymns (Shabad) or Baani describing the qualities of God and why one should meditate on God's name.
Guru Gobind Singh (1666–1708), the tenth guru, after adding Guru Tegh Bahadur's bani to the Adi Granth affirmed the sacred text as his successor, elevating it to Guru Granth Sahib.
The text remains the holy scripture of the Sikhs, regarded as the teachings of the Ten Gurus. The role of Guru Granth Sahib, as a source or guide of prayer, is pivotal in Sikh worship.
The Adi Granth, the first rendition, was first compiled by the fifth Sikh guru, Guru Arjan (1563–1606), from hymns of the first five Sikh gurus and 15 other great saints, or bhagats, including those of the Hindu and Muslim faith.
Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth Sikh guru added all 115 of Guru Tegh Bahadur's hymns to the Adi Granth and this second rendition became known as the Guru Granth Sahib.
After the tenth Sikh gurus died many copies were prepared for distribution by Baba Deep Singh and Bhai Mani Singh.
It is written in the Gurmukhī script, in various dialects – including Lehndi Punjabi, Braj Bhasha, Khariboli, Sanskrit and Persian – often coalesced under the generic title of Sant Bhasha.
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