Prayers During Gurdwara Service


Nov 25, 2008
I have been going to my local Gurudwara for the past few months and I have been learning a lot. But I have questions about exactly which prayers are said for the opening, closing and the close of the Guru Granth Sahib. I have the book Sacred Sukmuni published by Sing Brothers, but I can't find the exact prayers needed during the program. Could anyone help me learn which prayers are said in romanization with translation, and at what point in the service are they said? Thank you very much! :D


1947-2014 (Archived)
Jun 17, 2004
rskas101 ji

Do you think another title would be better for this thread? You are not asking about Sukhmani Sahib. You are asking about prayers and translations for gurdwara services. Let one of us know what new title you have in mind and a "mod" will change it for you. Thanks :)

Meanwhile I will find some information about your question and post it. Keep in mind that the services are not exactly the same in every gurdwara -- but they all tend to follow the rehat maryada, which provides guidelines for a service. You can find information to get started at this link - Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, Amritsar, Punjab

Go to the navigation panel and you will see the link for the rehat maryada -- then search for the section on gurdwara services. :)


1947-2014 (Archived)
Jun 17, 2004
To start, and this can vary somewhat from gurdwara to gurdwara. The information in black font comes from an internet link Etiquette

The letters in blue font describe what will probably happen -- in relation to your questions about readings and transliterations.

[FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Pattern of Worship
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[FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Kirtan - the singing of the hymns on instruments (generally Harmonium and Tabla). Kirtaan will change every week and in some gurdwaras the sangat sings along with the raagis. Some gurdwaras will project both the Gurmukhi and the English on a screen with a lap top computer. They tend to use SikhiToTheMax software to do this. But there will not be a way to find this out ahead of time unless you know the jatha/s and ask someone.
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[FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Katha/GurbaniVichar - the reading of the Holy Hymns followed by explanation or a sermon or talk appropriate for the occasion. The granthi or assistant granthi will speak about a section from Gurbani in Punjabi -- and it is very unlikely you will know which raag he has selected ahead of time. Probably you will not be able to get a translation in advance.

[FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Recitation portions of a scripture the Anand Sahib. This is usually a constant from one week to the next. This one you can/should commit to memory.[/FONT]
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[FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]The Ardas The congregational prayer - Ardaas - is also a constant every week. This one you must commit to memory.[/FONT]
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[/FONT][FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]The Ardas concludes with the Jaikara. Boley So Nihal, Sat Sri Akal.[/FONT]

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[FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]The person sitting behind the Guru Granth Sahib will read the Hukam, the Guru's message or Order to the Sangat (congregation). The person who reads this may be either the granthi or the assistant granthi (usually) or another devout member of the congregation. The hukam can be chosen before the service. It is not necessarily the hukamnama taken at the start of the day in Harimandir Sahib. If it is not, then you will have no way of knowing which passage will be selected for the hukamnama. Also, this one is not typically projected on a screen by lap top.
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[FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Upon completion of the Hukam, Karah Parsad is distributed to the Sangat. (This is a sweet pudding made of flour, sugar and clarified butter that is offered as ceremonial food.)[/FONT]
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[FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Finally Langar (food from the Guru's kitchen) will be served in a different hall. All are welcome to eat langar. Here there can also be variation. In some gurdwaras people take lungar before joining the service, as well as after the service. Often the lungar is on-going throughout the morning and afternoon into evening during the service. In that situation you could have people taking lungar and leaving the service to do that. [/FONT]



1947-2014 (Archived)
Jun 17, 2004
Now moving on to Ardaas

Nice audio on YouTube

YouTube - Ardaas video 0001

Text Version

ahe Guru Ji Ka Khalsa!
Wahe Guru Ji Ki Fateh!


Ik onkar waheguru ji ke fateh siri bhagautti ji sahai
vaar siri bhaguautti ji ki paattshaahi dasmi
prithm bhagautti simar kay gur nanak laee(n) dhiaae
phir angad gur tte amardas(u) ramdasay hoi sahai
arjan hargobind no simrau siri har rai
siri harkrishan dhiaaeeay jisDiThe sabh dukh jaae
teg bahadur simri-ay ghar nau nidh aavay dhaae
sabh thaai(n) hoe sahai
dasvaa(n) paattshah siri guru gobind singh sahib ji
sabh thaai(n) hoe sahai dasaa(n) paatshaahiaa(n) di jot
siri guru granth sahib ji di path didar da dhiaan dhar ke bolo ji waheguru.

panjaa(n) piyaaariaa(n), chauhaa(n) sahibzaadiaa(n), chaaliaa (n)
muktiaa(n), ha Thaiaa(n), jupiaa(n), ttapiaa(n), jinaa(n)h ttera naam
jupiaa, va(n)D chhakiaa, deg chalaaee, teg vaahi, deg ke anDiTh
keetta, ttinaa(n)h piyaariaa(n), sachiaariaa(n) di kamaai da dhiaan
dharke, khalsa ji, bolo ji waheguru.

jinaa(n)h singhaa(n) singhbeeaa(n) nay dharam haytt sees dittay,
ba(n)d ba(n)d kaTaa-ay, khopriaa(n) luhaaiaa(n), charkhiaa(n) ttay
charhay, aaray-aa(n) naal chiraa-ay gae, gurdwariaa(n) di seva laee
kurbanniaa keettiaa(n), dharam nahee(n) haariaa, sikhi kesaa(n)
suaasaa(n) naal nibaahi, ttinaa(n) di kamaai da dhiaan dharkey,
khalsa ji bolo ji waheguru.

prithmay sarbatt khalsa ji ki ardass haY ji, sarbatt khalsa ji ko
waheguru waheguru waheguru chitt aavay, chitt aavan ka sadkaa
sarab sukh hovay. jahaa(n) jahaa(n) khalsa ji sahib,
ttahaa(n) ttahaa(n) rachhiaa riaa-aytt,
deg-tteg fatteh, birdh ki paYj, panth ki jeet, siri sahib ji sahaai,
khalsa ji kay bol baalay bolo ji waheguru.

Sikhaa(n) noo(n) sikhi daan, des daan, raYhatt daan, bibayk daan,
visaah daan, bharosa daan, daanaa(n) sir daan, naam daan, siri
amritsar ji day darshan ishnaan, chau(n)kiaa(n), jha(n)Day, bungay,
jugo jug aTall dharam ka jaYkaar, bolo ji waheguru.

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To the One Creator of Creation, the All Glorious and All Victorious Being. We ask Thy blessing on us all. To Thee we offer this prayer as recited by the Tenth Guru.

After first worshiping the Adi Shakti, the Primal Power, let us meditate on Guru Nanak, Guru Angad, then Gurus Amar Das and Ram Das, may they grant us their protection. Remember Gurus Arjun, Hargobind, and Siri Har Rai. Meditate upon Siri Har Krishan, upon seeing whom, all sufferings shall depart. Meditate on Guru Teg Bahadur and the nine treasures shall come to us. May he grant us every assistance. Great, great is Guru Gobind Singh, Protector of the Faith and Master of the Unity, may he protect us everywhere. Remember the Light of the Ten Gurus, the Living Guru, the Word of God and Truth of truths, the Siri Guru Granth Sahib. By meditating the Word. all sufferings vanish. Meditate, Oh Khalsa Ji, Sat Nam! Siri Whahe Guru!

Remember the four sons of the Tenth Master, the Five Beloved Ones, the Forty Liberated Ones, the Four Holy Thrones, all the dwelling places of the Guru. Meditate, Oh Khalsa Ji! Sat Nam! Siri Whahe Guru! those who were true to the Guru, who meditated on the Nam, who shared their earnings and sacrificed for righteousness; think of their deeds, Oh Khalsa Ji! Sat Nam! Siri Whahe Guru! Remember those who were broken by the wheel, cut up limb by limb, who gave their scalps but not their hair, and those ladies, who for the sacrifice for the Truth, gave their dear children and suffered through hunger and pain at the hands of the enemy, but never gave up their faith and their determination to live according to Sikh Dharma, with all their hair, to their last breath. Meditate, Oh Khalsa Ji! Sat nam! Siri Whahe Guru!

Oh lord, bless Thy devotees to ever live in the righteousness of true disciples. Give us the life of the living principle of the Guru's discipline.Grant us the insight, the trust, and the blessing of blessings, Thy Name, and a sight and a dip in the nectar tank of Thy Holy Harimandir Sahib. May all flags of the Khalsa, all seats of religious authority, our ashrams and homes prevail through all times. now call on god, Oh Khalsa Ji! Sat Nam! Siri Whahe Guru!

Now let us again offer our prayer, let us again remember the Name, Whahe Guru! Whahe Guru! Whahe Guru! For as we think of God so may we be blessed. May God's Grace and Protection extend to all bodies of the Khalsa wherever we may be.

May the Lord's Glory be fulfilled and all God's Will prevail. May we receive victory from the sword of righteousness (degh) and the charity of brotherhood and sisterhood (tegh). May the Holy Sword of God assist us. May the Khalsa always prevail.

May the choirs of devotees, our banners and mansions abide forever and ever. May the realm of justice come. May the disciples unite in love. May the disciples be humble but our wisdom be exalted in the keeping of the Lord. Oh, Khalsa Ji, say that God is great! Sat Nam! Siri Whahe Guru!

Oh True King, Oh Universal Mother, in the ambrosial hours we have sung Thy sweet hymns, heard Thy life giving Word and reflected upon Thy manifold blessings. May all these things find a loving place in our hearts and serve to draw our souls closer to Thee. Save us, Oh Lord, from the five sins of lust, anger, greed, pride, and attachment, but keep us always attached to Thy Lotus Feet. Grant to us the gift ofSikh Dharma, the gift of Thy Name, the gifts of faith and confidence in Thee and of reading and understanding Thy Holy Word.

Oh, kind Father, Oh Loving Mother, it is by Thy Grace that we have been granted peace and happiness. May Thy Grace extend to our labors of each day so that we may do what is right according to Thy Will. Please Give us the light and understanding so that we may know what pleases thee. We further offer this prayer in Thy Presence, Oh, Lord. In the spirit of Guru Teg Bahadur, with our heads bowed to Akal Purkh, the infinite essence which pervades everywhere and in every one, we pray that all peoples of the world be granted the freedom to worship the divine creator in their own way. May the era of tyranny and oppression come to an end, and all the people of the Earth live in God as One.

Please forgive us our sins. Help us that we may keep ourselves pure. Let us always be in the companypeople of love and may we always remember thy Name in their presence. Through Nanak may Thy Name forever increase and Thy spirit be exalted, and May all people prosper by thy grace. Nanak Nam charhdi kala, tere bhane sarbat da bhala.

Wahe Guru Ji ka Khalsa! Wahe Guru Ji Ki Fateh!!