What is the procedure for a Sehaj Paath?

SEHAJ PAATH or SADHAARAN PAATH is the reading of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji from beginning to end, with no time-limit for completion. Even where the limit is fixed and it exceeds a week, it will be called a Sadhaaran Paath, two other terms synonymously used being Khullaa Paath (Khullaa = unrestricted, not fixed) and Sehaj Paath (slow reading). A Sadhaaran Paath may be undertaken by any individual Sikh, man or woman, or jointly with other members of the family as part of personal piety or in observance of a special occasion or family, event. A Paathi or reader could be arranged from outside as well. One may read any number of pages on a single day and the next few pages the next day or even at a longer interval. The custom of performing Sadhaaran Paath by reading a few successive pages of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji daily as a religious duty must have grown after copies of the Holy Volume compiled in 1604 had become available. That was, perhaps, the main type of Paath current until the Granth was pronounced Guru by Guru Gobind Siá¹…gh before he passed away in 1708.


In accordance to the Panthic Sikh Rehit Maryada:

Commencing the Reading
While undertaking a full reading of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji, Karhah Prashad (sacred pudding) should be brought for offering and after reciting Anand Sahib (six stanzas) and offering Ardaas, a Hukamnama (edict) should be taken (at random). One should, thereafter, read the Jap Ji Sahib.

Note: In case you don’t have access to a saroop of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji, then you can use Pothis (smaller volumes). In circumstances where you don’t have Pothis (smaller volumes) or cannot arrange suitable conditions for doing a reading from Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji then it is perfectly acceptable to read Gurbani from a computer. However, the Arambh (commencing) and Bhog (completion) of the reading of full Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji should be done from a full Saroop of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji either at home or a Gurdwara.

Concluding the Reading
The reading of the whole Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji (intermittent or non-stop) may be concluded with the reading of Mundaavni (literally meaning ‘the seal’) or Raag Mala (an index of different Raags) according to the convention traditionally observed at the concerned place. Thereafter, after reciting Anand Sahib, Ardaas for the conclusion of the reading should be offered and Karhah Parshaad (sacred pudding) should be distributed.

On the conclusion of the reading, offering of draperies, fly-whisk and awning, having regard to the requirements of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji, and of other things, for Panthic causes, should be made to the best of means.

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35 Responses to “What is the procedure for a Sehaj Paath?”

  1. Harjinder Singh says:

    Is it required to do a Ardas when we reach in the middle of Sehaj Path I mean when we reach AAD PURAN MADD PURAN….. ANG 705 ?????

  2. admin says:

    According to the Sikh Rehit Maryada an Ardaas should offered at the beginning of a Sehaj Paath and at the end (bhog) of the Sehaj Paath. There is no mention or requirement of a Madh Ardaas in accordance to the Sri Akal Takht Sahib.

  3. mandeep kaur says:

    is it required dat we should have brought kadaah prasaad daily….

  4. Baldeep singh says:

    Waheguru ji ka Khalsa , waheguru ji Ki fateh, Do we need to take hukumnama every time when we start or finish sehaj path sewa ?

  5. Amandeep Singh says:


    Where to stop the Sadhaarn path ?, I mean before bhog, where should one stop and from where and how to complete the paath from Swaroop of SGGS Ji ?

  6. I want to do sahej path sahib..and due to cleaniness reasons..im nt able to do it…i wanna ask..that cn i do sahej path sahib by cleaning a single room fr that

  7. amandeep kaur says:

    I want know about sahej path mariada if I want do sahej path with pothis from arabh ,madh and bhaj and I want ask do I need to parkhash and sukh ashan daily ?

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  9. My Q is if we start sahaj path on guru garanth sahib we have to finish on that or can be done on pothy’s the rest of the path

  10. parminder kaur says:

    can we do sahej path from phone also.???

  11. admin says:

    One can read Gurbani from one’s phone or device, however respect should be shown with having clean hands, shoes removed and head covered.

  12. admin says:

    You can do the rest of the recitation from Pothis, however, the Bhog (completion) should be from Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji’s Saroop.

  13. Raj says:

    If we start sehaj path for your pleasure of reciting bani, still need to get it do from SGGS Ji or can just recite bani from pothia to.

  14. Raj says:

    I don’t live near a gurudwara sahib, sometime going at certain time to start sehaj path, is awkward. But do want to and feel the urge to start it

  15. preet kaur says:

    for doing sehaj path is it required one should be amrithdhari.. he cannot trim hairs during sehaj path.. do we need to take bath everytime we go for sehaj path through guru granth sahib ji..

  16. Hardayal Singh says:

    We are starting a Sehaj Paath next week and I wanted to know about the canopy.
    I know when you have the entire Siri Guru Granth Sahib you must have The Guru covered with a four poster canopy, but we will only be reading one volume to begin with. Do we still need to canopy over us?
    Thanks you so much!
    Wahe Guru!

  17. admin says:

    A Chandowa Sahib and Chaur Sahib is not required for a Pothi Sahib/Senchi (i.e. a volume) of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji.

  18. admin says:

    Anyone could read Gurbani and read Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji, as long as one follows correct protocol and proceedure. However, in a Divaan (public religious congregation) the reciter of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji should be an Amritdhari Sikh.

  19. jaskiran says:

    i want to start sahaj path but i don’t have sri guru granth sahib swaroop at home. i just have it in my phone. can i start from my phone? if yes then plz guide me how to start as it is my ist time.

  20. sukhbir kaur says:

    how to start sahaj path please tell me thank you

  21. Amrit says:

    I want to start Sehaj Paath, also I start Paath with recording audio because it’s my first time, due to i dont know some words how to pronounce, then Can I start at the home with Pothi Sahib. Is it required that Hukamnama should be necessary as well as Karhah Prashad.

  22. Sukh Kaur says:

    I like to do Sehaj paath on a computer. Please suggest websites, and also how can I bookmark the page for next time. Thank You.

  23. admin says:

    Karhah Prashad should be made for the beginning and end of Sehaj Paath.

    According to the Sikh Rehat Maryada:
    d. It is desirable that every Sikh should carry on a continuous reading of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji and complete a full reading in one or two months or over a longer period.

    e. While undertaking a full reading of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji, one should recite the Anand Sahib (the first five and the last stanzas) and perform the Ardas. One should, thereafter, read the Japji. “

  24. admin says:

    Sadharan Path (Completion of Normal Intermittent Reading of the Guru Granth Sahib)

    a. Every Sikh should, as far as possible, maintain a separate and exclusive place for the installation of Guru Granth Sahib, in his home.

    b. Every Sikh, man, woman, boy or girl, should learn Gurmukhi to be able to read the Guru Granth Sahib.

    c. Every Sikh should take the Hukam (Command) of the Guru Granth Sahib in the ambrosial (early)hours of the morning before taking meal. If he/she fails to do that, he/she should read or listen to reading from the Guru Granth Sahib some time during the day. If he/she cannot do that either, during travel etc., or owing to any other impediment, he/she should not give in to a feeling of guilt.

    d. It is desirable that every Sikh should carry on a continuous reading of the Guru Granth Sahib and complete a full reading in one or two months or over a longer period.

    e. While undertaking a full reading of the Guru Granth Sahib , one should recite the Anand Sahib (the first five and the last stanzas) and perform the Ardas. One should, thereafter, read the Japuji.

  25. admin says:

    The start and final completion of a Sehaj/Sadharan Paath should be from the Saroop of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji. The rest can be done from Pothis or a device if necessary.

  26. Amandeep Singh says:

    Where to stop during sehaj paath..I mean daily I m doing paath for 2 hours…yhen where should I stop in between?

  27. Raminder says:

    Can we do Sehaj path on Moblie ??

  28. Charanjit Kaur says:

    Sorry, I meant rumala sahib

  29. Jatinder Singh says:

    What is reading conditions of Sehaj path, is it must read gurbani daily or on any day when i have time to do it.

  30. Waheguru ji ka khalsa
    Waheguru ji ki fathe ,if we do khulla path ,is there any paticular Time or we

    do path at any time.thank u

  31. Admin says:

    A Sehaj Paath is done at the convenience of the reader. There is no compulsion on how much you have to read. This depends on the individual.

  32. Admin says:

    It depends on the reader. There is no compulsion on time.

  33. Admin says:

    At the start of a Sehaj Paath, Karhah Prashaad is offered, Anand Sahib’s 6 Paurian are recited, followed by an Ardaas and Hukamnama. Then at least 5 Paurian or the entire Japji Sahib is read. From then on, one can read at their convenience. There is no requirement to make Parshaad or recite Anand Sahib each time after a Sehaj Paath reading. However, it is common to do an Ardaas, even if it is a small informal Ardaas, after each reading.

  34. Admin says:

    There is no ruling that bars using electronic devices to read Gurbani. However, ensure that when reading Gurbani, you show the displayed Gurbani on your phone or device respect, and read it with due respect deserved.

  35. Admin says:

    Providing a new Rumala Sahib for everytime you read from Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji is not necessary.

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