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AKHAND PATH (akhand = uninterrupted, without break; path = reading) is nonstop, continuous recital of the Guru Granth Sahib from beginning to end. Such a recital must be completed within 48 hours. The entire Holy Volume, 1430 large pages, is read through in a continuous ceremony. This reading must go on day and night, without a moment's intermission.
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AMRITDHARI (amrit, lit. nectar, commonly Sikh sanctified initiatory water + dhan= practitioner) is one who has received baptismal vows of the Khalsa initiated by Guru Gobind Singh (30 March 1699) and abides by them and by the panj kakari rahit, distinctive insignia introduced by the Guru on that day comprising five symbols each beginning with the Gurmukhi letter " oT" (pronounced "kakka") or its Roman equivalent "k". These are kes (long unshorn hair and beard), kangha (a comb to keep the hair tidy), Jenpan (a sword), kara ( a steel bracelet worn about the wrist), and kachh (short breeches worn by soldiers). See PAHUL
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ANAND KARAJ, lit. joyful ceremonial occasion or proceedings is the name given the Sikh marriage ceremony. For Sikhs married state is the norm and the ideal; through it, according to their belief, come the best opportunities for serving God's purpose and the well being of humanity, and it affords the best means of fulfilment of individuality and attainment of bliss. Sikhism repudiates monkery, vows of celibacy, renunciation or the sannyas in state. Unlike in the West, most marriages among Sikhs, as also in India as a whole, are arranged.
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ATI AKHAND PATH (ati = extreme, arduous, of superlative degree; akhand = nonstop, without a break; path = reading of the Holy Volume) means an unbroken path of the Guru Granth Sahib by a single reader in one continuous sitting without once getting up or interrupting the reading in any manner. This type of path has been undertaken only rarely, for a pathi or reader, with such bodily stamina and discipline and with such fluency and speed is not easy to come by. This path has to be performed in about nine pahars, or twenty-seven hours. One instance cited in the modern period is that of Baba Narayan Singh (1841-1916), father of the celebrated scholar, Bhai Kahn Singh, of Nabha, who is said to have performed this feat more than once in his lifetime.
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AMRIT VELA, is the time of about three and three quarters of an hour before sunrise, say from about 2.15 AM to 6AM. Guru Nanak urged his disciples to get up at this auspicious time and recite God's name. Literally it means the "period of divine nectar" In this period of calm and peace, one can easily meditate on God and receive the divine blessing. In the Japji,Guru Nanak emphasise, the need of rising early for prayer. Due to the change of season and geographical location, Amrit Vela is likely to differ in various countries.
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ANCESTORS,In ancient Hindu scriptures, the honouring of human ancestors is commanded. Pitri or mass's to one's ancestors arc regarded as sacred funeral rights and Sradh (offerings of food) are considered obligatory for placating the spirits of the departed ancestors up to thee seventh generation. It is believed that the food offered in their memory helps their ancestors. Sikhism disregards this belief. The Guru says that such ceremonies are futile. Feeding of priests and animals has no religious merit. (GGS, p. 332) The only thing that is commanded is prayer to God. "Devotion to the Holy Name is my ritual of rice balls and feasting". (GGS, p. 358).
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ANAND KARAJ: Aanand Kaaraj is the Sikh marriage ceremony. The exact date of its origin is not known but references can be found that the marriage of the children of Guru Sahib had been performed by way of this ceremony. Guru Sahib had made it obligatory for a Sikh not to marry except through Aanand Kaaraj ceremony. In Sikh marriage system, the couple circumam bulates Guru Granth Sahib four times in clockwise direction while hymns from Guru Granth Sahib (at pp. 77374) are read and the ceremony is complete after an Ardaas (the Sikh prayer).
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AKHAND PATH: Aakhand Path is nonstop recitation of Guru Granth Sahib. It is completed in approximately 48 hours. Several readers perform this recitation in a relay system. The reading goes, in a relay manner, continuously, day and night. At given intervals (usually two hours per turn) the next reciter picks the line of hymn from the lips of the retiring reciter.

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