The Power of an Akhand Path

Akhand Paths are the continual recitation of the entire Siri Guru Granth Sahib, which normally takes 48 hours (if reading in Gurmukhi) – 72 hours (if reading in English) of nonstop reading.

Many Gurdwaras around the world practice these Akhand Paths regularly.  In India large Gurdwaras may have many Akhand Paths happening in various rooms simultaneously dedicated to specific families, individuals or community spiritual requests.

In Española, NM we have a weekly Akhand Path that has been practiced regularly for over 35 years. Sangat members sign up to read in hourly slots, reciting in either English or Gurmukhi.

The power of an Akhand Path is incredible.  It creates a vibration of the Naad that permeates into this world, affecting the soul level of humanity.

When we sponsor an Akhand Path for an individual, or a community, the power of that Naad is focused to bring blessings to that particular situation.  There have been many miracles of blessings from the Guru through the practice of Akhand Paths.

How to read or setup Akhand Path

From my own experience there is one memorable story

Several years before the Siri Singh Sahib ji passed in 2004, he told me that I was responsible for my sister-in-law and brother to have a child.  He had been giving her various remedies to do, but nothing seemed to work.  When he saw me one day, he told me that I was responsible to make this happen.  I was flabbergasted; how would this happen?

After the Siri Singh Sahib, Yogi Bhajan’s passing in late 2004, I was with Sardarni GuruAmrit Kaur, the Siri Sikdar Sahiba, in Delhi and mentioned this instruction from the Siri Singh Sahib to her.  She suggested sponsoring an Akhand Path.  To be sure, I had two sponsored, and offered this prayer to the Guru.  Sure enough, in early 2005, my sister-in-law became pregnant and in March 2006, my nephew Partap Singh was born.

Sardarni GuruAmrit Kaur knew the power of Akhand Paths as they had already worked for her niece. Years earlier, when her niece was at the age to determine a career path, Sardarni GuruAmrit Kaur sponsored an Akhand Path for her and when she returned from India, her niece had decided to become a lawyer and is now successfully pursuing that career.

Akhand Paths can be sponsored for any number of reasons.  We often ask the Guru’s help through prayer of an Ardas and an Akhand Path goes even further – putting forth our prayer to connect with the blessings of the Guru in a recitation of the entire Siri Guru Granth Sahib.  It may be for blessings of a new baby, new marriage, or healing. Whatever it is, you can bring it as a prayer to the Guru and ask that your request is granted.

How to Sponsor an Akhand Path

  1. If your local Gurdwara holds Akhand Paths you may ask them about sponsoring one for you, or participating in one yourself.
  2. Sikh Dharma International has setup a way for our global sangat to sponsor an Akhand Path in Anandpur Sahib.  There is a weekly Akhand Path held for the Sikh Dharma sangat, with sangat members sponsoring individual weeks. These prayers are then listed in the Ardas at the beginning of the Akhand Path and the hukams both the beginning and the end (Bhog) of the Akhand Path are taken and then shared with the sangat member who sponsored that week.

If you would like to dedicate an Akhand Path through Sikh Dharma, you will need to make a donation in the amount of $108.  This goes to the Gurdwara as an offering for covering the costs of a reader, room, etc. which is needed to complete the Akhand Path.  Then, provide your prayer that you would like to be read in the ardas which is recited during the Akhand Path.

Visit our Akhand Path page for instructions on how to get started

Other Resources

How to Organize an Akhand Path Video

Listen to an Akhand Path live!  Or download an entire Akhand Path mp3


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