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Mississauga, September 18 (CINEWS): The Sri Guru Granth Sahib, Sikhism’s most holy book is 411 years old and Sikhs across the GTA came out in numbers to celebrate the fact.
There was an air of festivity and gaiety around Mississauga’s Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara on Sunday. It gave way to solemnity later when hymns were recited which was followed by a short parade.
“It’s the celebration of the launch of our holy book,” said Avtar Singh Punia, president of Ontario Khalsa Darbar, also known as Dixie Gurdwara. “It’s a big day for us. All Sikhs around the world celebrate this day. I feel very proud because (the book) teaches equality for all… no discrimination.”
The Guru Granth Sahib was completed and placed in Golden Temple in India on Aug. 30, 1604.
The book is, however, not worshipped as an idol because Sikhism rejects idol worship. It’s a collection of devotional hymns and poetry, which proclaims God, stresses on meditation on the True Guru (God) and lays down moral and ethical rules for development of the soul, spiritual salvation and unity with God.