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Top Nitnem Prayer Books in Gurmukhi and English

Sikhism Daily Prayer Resources


The five prayers of the sacred Nitnem, are required reading for every Sikh on a daily basis. The hymns of Nitnem are written in the Gurmukhi script, used for the divine poetic language of Gurbani. Study is essential for every Sikh in order to fully understand the meanings of the Nitnem prayers as Gurbani is not a spoken language. "Sacred Nitnem" by Harbans Singh, first published in 1974, is the original standard Nitnem translation and offers English interpretations along with phonetic spellings. This is a must have reference book for learning to read and understand Nitnem prayers with the aid of Roman characters.

1. "Sacred Nitnem" by Harbans Singh Doabia (Gurmukhi--Roman--English) Hardcover

Sacred Nitnem With Velour Hardcover and Printed Carboard Slip Cover
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A must have reference for beginning readers learning Gurbani and for in-depth study of English meanings of the divine hymns of Nitnem the five daily prayers of the Sikhs. The volume is presented in two parts. Part One includes the original Gurmukhi script, and Romanized phonetic version on the left hand page, with an English interpretation on the facing right hand page. Part Two includes summaries, insights, and discussions of fundamental teachings reflected in the Nitnem prayers. Offered by Publishers: Singh Brothers South 2007 and Asia Books 1994 (New and Used -- (Deluxe Hardbound edition comes with a paper jacket when new. Velor Hardcover binding comes with printed cardboard slip cover when new.) 381 Pages.

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2. Bani Pro Nitnem CD

Bani Pro 1 & 2 by Rajnarind Kaur
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Listen to Nitnem banis recorded by Rajnarind Kaur in two volumes. Bani Pro 1 contains basic daily prayers. Volume 2 contains auxiliary initiation Amrit banis. Bani pro CDs serve the dual purpose of satisfying the requirement of Nitnem for those unable to read or recite daily prayers and aids in learning pronunciation.

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