ATI AKHAND PATHATI 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.
1. Kahn Singh, Bhai, Gurushabad Ratanakar Mahan Kosh. Patiala, 1974