Siri Akhand Path

The Siri Akhand Path (aka Akhand Path) begins every Wednesday morning at 6:00 a.m. at Siri Singhasan e Khalsa (unless another location is announced) and concludes each Saturday morning at 6:00 a.m. with the Bhog ceremony. The Bhog is truly a cozy time to uplift the spirit and then relax with friends and family afterwards.

How to Sign Up to Read in the Akhand Path
A reading schedule for the Akhand Path is posted in the Gurdwara, where you may sign up a week or more in advance. Each Missal takes turns coordinating readers for each week of the month. View the schedule of coordinators.

What is an Akhand Path?
An Akhand Path is the unbroken reading of the Siri Guru Granth Sahib to be finished within 48 hours. In Espanola we have extended the time to 72 hours to accommodate both English and Gurmukhi readers. Our Akhand Path here in Espanola serves to protect Khalsa everywhere. Unbroken means that when you begin reading your time slot, you cannot leave or stop reading until someone replaces you. If you need to be relieved, ring the bell next to you and wait until someone replaces you. Always continue reading until the next reader has begun reading where you left off.

What happens when I get to the end of a volume?
Volume changes usually happen (depending on how ahead or behind we are) on Wednesday at midnight, on Thursday at
6 p.m., and on Friday at 1 p.m. If you should come to the end of a volume during your reading, take the next volume out as smoothly as possible and continue reading without breaking the flow. All of the volumes are on the palki (the Guru’s throne) beneath the ramalas (the Guru’s clothing) in front of the volume in which you are reading. Replace the volume you were reading from and set up the next volume the same way.

Some things to remember:

  • Always wash your hands directly before you read from the Guru. This is a respectful way to preserve the pages, as well as keep the energy clear.
  • Always have your head covered when reading.
  • Please try to read 65 pages during the hour.
  • Before reading, check the page number on the schedule. If we are ahead or behind, please adjust your reading speed. There is a laminated copy of the schedule to the left of the Guru as you sit and read.
  • If the electricity goes out, use the flashlight under the Manji Sahib (the Guru’s bed on which the Siri Guru Granth Sahib rests).

How do I dedicate an Akhand Path?
To dedicate an Akhand Path, you may leave a note or picture in front of the Guru where the Akhand Path will take place. It is beneficial to offer an “energy exchange” for an Akhand Path dedication. This can be a donation of money, a langar, or a special treat served during or at the end of the Akhand Path.