Guru Granth Sahib is the holy book of Sikh and the book is given the highest regard in the religion. As per Sikhism, Guru Granth Sahib Ji is the ultimate Guru because the script of the holy book can’t be manipulated. Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji has all the teachings which are required to leave a healthy and content life.
Guru Granth Sahib is a composition of teaching and it has been compiled by the 10 Gurus in Sikh Religion. It is known that 8 out of these 10 human gurus contributed extensively for composing and compiling Guru Granth Sahib Ji. As per the historians, the first rendition was done by Guru Aran Dev who is the fifth Guru in Sikhism. The last addition was made by Guru Gobind Singh and after the death of Guru Gobind Singh, his disciple, Baba Deep Singh, and Bhai Mani Singh distributed the copies of his teachings. It is also known that Guru Granth Sahib has a total of 1430 pages and about 6000 line compositions.Guru Granth Sahib is written in the well0known Gurumukhi script. Today, each and every Gurdwara recites the teaching of Guru Granth and these recitations are known as Gurbani which means the voice of Guru. At present, the digital copies of the Guru Granth Sahibare also available through many sources.
It is known that in the year 1604, Guru Granth Sahib Ji took a journey from Gurdwara Ramsar Sahib to Harmandar Singh. The exact date of the journey is known to be 1 September 1604 and on this day, the sermon or the Prakash of the scripture was done and since then it became a custom which is now celebrated as Prakash Utsav of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji. At present, during every Prakash Utsav, a religious procession is organized on the route which was taken in 1604 and across the country, thereligious procession is taken in the nearby Gurdwara.
The Sikh community always believe in serving the society so during the Prakash Utsav, Langar is arranged every year and every year, there is something different. For example, these days, the students have started collecting garbage from the roads so as to promote cleanliness and address many environmental issues. Cleanliness is the most important Seva offered by Sikh and hence the Sikh community always ensure the cleanliness of the environment and their surroundings. Apart from the cleanliness, they also offer free food to the people in form of Langar and it is not a single day of the year when Langar is offered but the Langar is offered every day and it is offered at least twice in a day.
Apart from Langar, there is also a setup of chhabils on the road which serve people by providing sweet water on hot summer days. A major part of community ensures that the community uses biodegradable material during the processions and arrangements so as to ensure that no harm is done to the environment and earth.