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Gurū Granth: The Scripture of the Sikhs
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A quick visit to a gurdvārā (Sikh place of worship) reveals the degree of reverence in which the Sikhs hold their scripture, the Gurū Granth (God manifested as the book). A tall flag (niśān) at the entry point of the precinct marks the sovereignty (fateh, “victory”) of the place, and the emblem of deg (“cauldron”) and teġ (“sword”) imprinted on it reminds Sikhs of their obligation to ensure food and justice for all around them (please see th…

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Gurinder Singh Mann, “Gurū Granth: The Scripture of the Sikhs”, in: Brill's Encyclopedia of Sikhism Online, Edited by: Knut A. Jacobsen, Gurinder Mann Singh, Kristina Myrvold, Eleanor Nesbitt. Consulted online on 23 February 2020 <>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20170712

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