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Sikh Devoted to Guru

In this modern age when the Shiromani Gurudwara Parbhandak Committee ( the organization for administration of Sikh Gurdwaras ) is mass producing/printing Siri Guru Granth Sahib using technologically advanced Golden Offset Press at Gurudwara Ramsar Sahib many Sikhs still carry on devotedly with the ‘purataan’ (traditional) writing all the Gurbani with hand producing hand written copies.

Bhai Gurmeet Singh is one of these souls who is devotedly involved in this task for the last 16 months. Aged 68 years this resident of East Mohan Nagar in the city of Amritsar began this monumental task of making a extra big sized, handwritten Siri Guru Granth Sahib on 4th May 2004. Till now he has completed 340 Ang’s each of which is sized 2 x 3 feet each. Dimensionally when finished this Guru Granth Sahib will be of approximately the same size as we see at Har Ki Pauri at Siri Harimandir Sahib Amritsar. Instead of using modern calligraphy pens he uses the traditional ‘kalam’ which a special pen made out of using a variety of bamboo grass. For the ink he is using waterproof pigments to prolong the ageing and preserve the brightness of the words. All the borders on the pages are also being artistically being made by Mr. Singh.

Elaborating further on his project Mr. Singh said that he Starts early morning and continues late into the night. Being an extra big size he said that he is able to do only 20 angs per month. He estimates that it will take him about 4 and half years from now to complete the Saroop.

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