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Parkash Purab Sri Guru Granth Sahib ji: Knowing the essential tenets of Sikhism
The Sikhs, this year, celebrated 'First Parkash Purab Sri Guru Granth Sahib ji' as a special occasion early this month to mark the installation of the holy scriptures in Sri Harmandar Sahib, Amritsar in 1604. Earlier, it was celebrated as the birth anniversary of the Holy Scripture.

In the nagar kirtan held to celebrate the auspicious occasion in Amritsar and entire Golden Temple complex was decorated with strings of flowers and illuminated with colourful festival lights along with the fireworks display at night.

Prime Minister Narender Modi tweeted, "Greetings on the special occasion of the Parkash Purab of Sri Guru Granth Sahib ji. We bow to the Guru Sahib and seek blessings for the peace, progress and prosperity of humankind. May the spirit of harmony, compassion and brotherhood always prevail in our society."

Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh greeted people and in his message said, "Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji not only enlightens humanity on every aspect of life but also imbibes the spirit of oneness of God, harmony, love, peace and compassion amongst one and all."

As we know that for the Sikhs, veneration of Sri Guru Granth Sahib ji is an article of supreme faith and the holy scripture is considered to be a sui generis scripture in the Sikhism. 

The Holy Scripture is a value-based compendium of the religious, mystic and metaphysical poetry written or sung between the 12th and 17th Century in different parts of India. The followers are supposed to cultivate the qualities of contemplation, stillness of mind and inwardness reflection in the midst of worldly engagement as held in the Holy Scripture.

Sikhism believes in God as the one and sole Reality in the entire universe and He is deemed the highest end of existence. He is merciful, infinite and all-pervading. The unwavering devotion to God alone brings liberation, it is held firmly.

The Sikh Religion propagates that all vices such as lust, anger, egotism, jealousy and desire are eliminated by chanting the 'Name of the Lord' and expects from the followers to strive for a life of contentment and positive attitude called 'Chardikala'.

Five basic precepts of the Sikhism are the chanting of Lord's praise; contentment in life; imbibing humility; giving to charities; exercising restraint on desires or living simple life.

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