An Akhand Paath is an uninterrupted reading of the entire holy scripture of Guru Granth Sahib following ceremonial protocol outlined by the Sikhism code of conduct. An Akhand Paath is conducted according to schedule of assigned roles with readers reading a targeted number of pages each hour. When the entire Guru Granth Sahib has been read through completely a Bhog, or completion ceremony, follows. An Akhand paath may be performed on commemorative occasions, celebrations, or in conjunction with important life events. With these two schedules, non-stop devotional reading of an Akhand Paath read by a group of team members can be completed from start to finish in either 48 hours or 72 hours.
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Akhand Paath 48 Hour Schedule
- It is of utmost importantance that reading continues aloud and uninterrupted until completion.
- Readers volunteer for a role, or are assigned a role, with a target number of pages to complete during their role.
- Each role lasts from 1 - 4 hours depending on ability of the reader.
- It is important for readers to show up on time ready to read.
- Readers may perform a very short personal ardas before taking their role.
- Reading continues even while readers are changing roles:
- The reader points to words being read while still seated.
- The replacement reader moves to sit beside the person reading and begins reading along in unison.
- The reader being replaced discontinues reading and stands up to move aside as the relief reader takes the place of the reader being relieved of duty.
Akhand Paath 72 Hour Schedule
A 72 hour Akhand Paath is read non-stop exactly as is a 48 hour Akhand Paath following the same ceremonial protocol. The 72 hour reading plan can be followed to read an Akhand Paath from:
- A single Gurmukhi volume of Guru Granth Sahib reading 20 Ang (pages) per hour.
- A non-stop Sehaj Paath (English Akhand Paath) from multiple volumes (steeks) which include an English translation for novice readers. The English Akhand Paath is performed to include readers in devotional paath who are not proficient in Gurmukhi, and is good practice for those whose ultimate goal is learning to read Gurbani. An English Akhand Paath requires 72 hours to complete as the translation is longer and has more pages than the original Gurmukhi. Both Gurmukhi readers and English readers may participate.
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