Gurbani Kirtan


As part of this yatra, one of the highlights will be to listen to the beautiful Gurbani Kirtan (divine, spiritual music) which has been part of the Sikh tradition for hundreds of years.  Listening to this uplifting sound current has the power to transform a person and exalt their consciousness.

The purpose of this page is to bring more understanding about the meaning, practice and and importance of Gurbani Kirtan to enhance your experience.

Sikhs and people from all faiths come from around the world to listen to the divine Gurbani Kirtan at the Golden Temple in Amritsar.  This page provides more information about this beautiful, uplifting, divine technology.  To begin, here is a basic definition of Gurbani:

Gurbani Kirtan or Shabad Kirtan or simply Kirtan refers to Sikh devotional music that originated in the Hindu tradition as loving songs sung to God.  Kirtan is also one of the important aspects of Sikhism that refers to the singing of the Sacred Hymns from the Siri Guru Granth Sahib accompanied by music. The Sikhs place huge value on this type of singing and a Sikh strives to listen to and/or sing Gurbani as frequently as possible.

The Holy Sikh Scripture, Siri Guru Granth Sahib is the main spiritual authority for the Sikhs. The Sikhs hold unique high regards for their Granth (“scripture”), which is treated as a living Guru (“religious master”). When Kirtan is sung, the lyrics are normally lines from the Siri Guru Granth Sahib

The Shabads (“Hymns”) of the Sikh Scriptures are primarily arranged in Chapters, which are names of musical Ragas (“ musical theme”).  So the main Sikh Holy Scripture is arranged in chapters that bear names of musical ragas. Each of these Ragas is unique and all the Shabads in that Chapter have to be sung in that particular Raga. The title of the Shabad also has a numeric notation, which many believe gives the singers a clear idea of the Tala or musical rhythm or beat that needs to be used for that hymn (Definition by

The blocks below share more about the experience of Gurbani and will help people preparing to attend the yatra to understand more about this beautiful, uplifting, divine technology.