SAPTAHIK PATH, a path, i.e. reading of the entire Guru Granth Sahib, which is completed in a saptah (week). Any individual, man or woman, or a group of persons by the relay method may perform this path which is commenced seven days ahead of the coming occasion, ceremoney or rite. One or more professional pathis may be engaged to perform the path or to help the individual or family in completing it. As with a sadharan path, before the commencement and at the conclusion of a saptahik path, generally a simple religious service takes place at which kirtan is recited, ardas or suplicatory prayer said and prasad or Sikh communion distributed.
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