Thursday, September 06, 2007

Miniature Guru Granth Sahib in Agra draws awe-struck believers

Agra, Sept. 4 : It is unbelievable. The holy book of the Sikhs, the Guru Granth Sahib, is just an inch long, and this is drawing awe-struck believers to Agra's Gurdwara Maithan.

"We have Guru Granth Sahib of 1 x 1 inches long. The holy book was specially made by the British for the convenience of Sikh soldiers during World War I, as they could not carry a normal sized book in the battlefield to pray. It was manufactured in Germany," said Kashmir Singh, the head cleric of Gurudwara Maithan.

The book was handed over to the shrine by a lady in Goa some fifteen years ago.

"This Guru Granth Sahib has been here for the past 15 years. All devotees, who come here, pray to the book and take its blessing," said Daljit Singh, a devotee.

The Sikhs belief that the book contains the actual words spoken by Sikh Gurus and saints from other religions.

The Sikh religion originated with Guru Nanak (1469- 1539 AD), who was succeeded by nine other prophets, Guru Gobind Singh (1666-1708 AD) being the last.

--- ANI

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