Ardas Fragment

ca. 1730's
Dr. Gurpal Singh Bhuller collection

Early partial fragment of the Sikh daily praye in a highly stylised form of the Gurmukhi script. Probably written after the death of Guru Gobind Singh and before the ardas was codified. The limbs of the letters and some vowel sounds like the aunkar are elongated while some of the kannas are buried. Also in this type of writing some letters such as the "rara" and the "dada" are buried in the preceding letter.

"...Tenth Master. First remember the Divine Might, and then meditate on Guru Nanak. Then pray to Guru Angad, Amardas and Ram Das for support. Remember Arjan, Hargobind and Holy Har Rai. Meditate on Sri Harkrishan, seeing whom all suffering vanish. Remember Tegh Bahadur, who brings the nine treasures to our home. May they support us everywhere. May the Tenth.."

 

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