Japji Sahib

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by Guru Nanak
Original title Japu
First published in Adi Granth, 1604
Country India
Language Gurmukhi
Genre(s) Religion
Lines 38 Stanzas
Pages 1-8
Followed by So Dar Aasa (ਸੋ ਦਰੁ ਰਾਗੁ ਆਸਾ ਮਹਲਾ ੧)

Japu(Punjabi: :ਜਪੁ), commonly known as Japji Sahib, is a Sikh hymn about God composed by Guru Nanak Dev, the founder of the faith. It is headed by Mool Mantra and followed by 38 hymns and completed with a final Salok at the end of this composition.

It appears at the beginning in Guru Granth Sahib, the Guru as well as Holy Book of the Sikhs. [1]

It is regarded amongst the most important Bani or 'set of verses' by the Sikhs, as it is first Bani in Nitnem.[1]

It describes a hierarchy of five spiritual levels culminating in Sach Khand.

Meaning of Japu[edit]

Following are some accepted meanings of Jap:

  • The popular meanings of Japu is to recite or to chant and commit to sub-conscious memeory.[1]
  • Jap also means to understand. Gurbani cites Aisa Giaan Japo Man Mere, Hovo Chakar Sache Kere, where Jap word means to understand wisdom.[2]

‘Ji’ is a word that is used to show respect as is the word ‘Sahib’.[3]


  1. ^ a b c Nabha, Kahn Singh. "ਜਪੁ". Gur Shabad Ratnakar Mahankosh (in Punjabi). Sudarshan Press. ਜਪੁ ਨਾਮਕ ਗੁਰਬਾਣੀ, ਜੋ ਸਿੱਖਾਂ ਦੇ ਨਿੱਤਨੇਮ ਦਾ ਮੂਲ ਹੈ. ਇਹ ਸ੍ਰੀ ਗੁਰੂ ਗ੍ਰੰਥਸਾਹਿਬ ਦੇ ਆਰੰਭ ਵਿੱਚ ਹੈ.  
  2. ^ Nihang, Dharam Singh. Naad Ved Vichar (Exegesis) (in Punjabi). India. p. 20. ਐਸਾ ਗਿਆਨੁ ਜਪਹੁ ਮਨ ਮੇਰੇ।। ਹੋਵਹੁ ਚਾਕਰ ਸਾਚੇ ਕੇਰੇ (ਪੰਨਾ ੭੨੮) 
  3. ^ "Gurdwara - The Sikh Temple". searchsikhism.com. 3 August 2012. Retrieved 11 March 2013.http://www.searchsikhism.com/temple.html

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