Why do we do Chaur on the Guru Granth Sahib? Why do we put the Guru Granth Sahib on a bed? Why the Chanani or canopy?

Explaining to younger children why Chaur Sahib is waved our Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji

Explaining to younger children why Chaur Sahib is waved our Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji

This is to express our regards and our respect for the Holy Scripture, the True King. The king commanded the greatest power, hence also the maximum respect and honour, in the olden days. Guru Nanak Sahib Ji said that the true kings are those who love God and help others to do that. They are the rulers of the hearts of the people. The political kings are temporary kings and their authority ends with their death.

The Gurus are the true kings; they teach Truth and rule our hearts. Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji is the embodiment of the Spirit of all the Sikh Gurus and many other holy men whose hymns are included in it. It is a Divine Revelation, considered the Living and Speaking Word of God.

The king sat on throne under a canopy. He used to have a fan like structure to be waved over his head as a symbol of his royalty. Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji, being the true emperor, is provided all these regal paraphernalia in the Gurdwara. We install the Sacred Scripture on a throne (called Manji Sahib) with pillows around for supporting it. A canopy (Chanani) is provided above the Sacred Scripture in the same way as it was put over the head of a king while he attended his court. During the session (Diwan), a person with a Chaur in his hand is always in attendance of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji installed respectfully in the hall.

For maintaining due regards and respect, we carry Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji’s Saroop (Volume) to another room when the hall is to be cleaned or when the session is over for the day. Before we bring Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji in the hall, we set everything in the hall properly. This is the court of the Guru. You will understand the whole ceremony better if you bring into mind the scene of the courtroom where everything is set and made ready before a judge enters his court. Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji is the Emperor or Emperors, hence all these ceremonial decorations.

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5 Responses to “Why do we do Chaur on the Guru Granth Sahib? Why do we put the Guru Granth Sahib on a bed? Why the Chanani or canopy?”

  1. Really Excellent answer.. I was curious about this question..

  2. Sukhminder Lehar says:

    I respect our Holy Book Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji . This question was in my mind since long time, never get chance to ask from Bhai G from Gurudwara Sahib. One of my friend ask me this question from American family, now I can answer her question.

  3. Sandeep says:

    I also have a question. If sikhism talks about One God, then why do we put so much emphasis on the Granth Sahib? The Granth Sahib talks about One God however we bow down, wave those feathers and everything. How can the Granth Sahib can the true king when God is the true king?
    Sorry, just something that I’ve never had an answer to!

  4. admin says:

    Sri Guru Granth Sahib is the embodiment of that One God.

    ਵਾਹੁ ਵਾਹੁ ਬਾਣੀ ਨਿਰੰਕਾਰ ਹੈ ਤਿਸੁ ਜੇਵਡੁ ਅਵਰੁ ਨ ਕੋਇ ||
    “The wonderful, the wonderful GurBani, Word of the Guru is the Formless Lord. There is no other as great as He is.”
    (Guru Amar Daas Ji Raag Gujri 515)

  5. Jass says:

    Hi the gurus have given the bani which is written in the guru granth saihib. It comes to life when it’s spoken or listened to so why forgive me do you put a book in a bed ?
    Surely if you want to protect it why aren’t the suchkunds have temperature and humidity controlled, instead of every gurdwara have normal temperature for a human being?
    If you believe in the bani nowadays even the gainis use there phones to do keertan and someone at the back of the gurdwara on a computer displaying the bani on the screens in the gurdwara, the bani is in the phone and the computer why is the are not put in the bed ?
    In 40 – 50 years there will be no printing on paper if you want to save the printed copies of the guru granth sahib we need to mahe sure every gurdwara needs to have proper climate control in the suchkunds and also the palkie for paper and ink .it should be handled with white gloves if we are to save the guru grath sahib.

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