The word “Ardas” literally means “prayer.” The traditional Sikh Ardas has come to represent a specific form of prayer recited in every Gurdwara program.

It can also be recited before undertaking any activity of significance, before leaving on a journey, to give thanks, or as a way of daily remembering the Creator.

The Ardas has a standard format, including, but not limited to, remembering the Sikh Gurus and recalling the courage of all those who sacrificed to preserve this path. It always ends with a phrase that wishes good and blessings to everyone in the world.

~ “Ardas: The Power of Prayer” and “How to Recite the Ardas,” Sikh Dharma International.