Valley Sikhs Celebrate the Sri Guru Granth Sahib’s 405th Anniversary

October 16, 2009

Author: Ron Orozco

Source: The Fresno Bee

In Sikhism, there is nothing more important than the holy book, Sri Guru Granth Sahib.

The book is so important that it is often protected -- only accessible by Sikh priests and stored in a locked room. Priests will perform ceremonies to show the book respect, such as fanning it with Chaur Sahib fashioned out of yak hair.

The holy book will get even more special attention Sunday when Sikh temples in the central San Joaquin Valley hold special events to commemorate the 405th anniversary of its installation.

"To me, [the book] compares to God," says Selma temple member Manjit Kaur, who has been a member of Gurdwara Guru Kalgidhar Sahib for four years.