Janamsakhi

ca. 1733
British Library, Oriental and India Office Collection

Page from the B40 Janamsakhi manuscript. This manuscript is considered one of the best surviving early collection of oral and written stories about the life of Guru Nanak. It is recorded as having been written by a scribe called Daia Ram Abrol and is illustrated with 57 paintings by the artist Alam Chand Raj. This page contains a painting of Guru Nanak and his lifelong friend the Sikh musician Baba Mardana in Kashmir.

"Everyone chanted "Guru Guru". Baba (Nanak) taught them true belief and devoutly they chanted, "Guru Guru". The sakhi (story) is finished. Another sakhi follows, a sakhi describing the occasion when Baba (Nanak) ji visited Kashmir."