Chapter

A Survey of Early Manuscripts

Pashaura Singh

in The Guru Granth Sahib

Published in print October 2003 | ISBN: 9780195663341
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080694 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195663341.003.0002
A Survey of Early Manuscripts

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The compilation of the Adi Granth apparently commenced much earlier than generally assumed and continued throughout Guru Arjan's period of guruship. Guru Nanak probably prepared a pothi of his own compositions during the Kartarpur period. This chapter examines the early manuscripts that reveal how the text of the Adi Granth evolved through different historical phases. It suggests that the written tradition of the bani could have begun during Guru Nanak's lifetime. The Goindval pothis during the time of Guru Amar Das provided a principal source for the compilation of the Sikh scripture. The two extant copies of the Goindval pothis contain the earliest form of the writings of the first three Gurus and the bhagats.

Keywords: Guru Arjan; Guru Nanak; Goindval pothis; compositions; bani; Guru Amar Das; bhagats

Chapter.  24413 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Sikhism

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