Daily Activities and Prayer Life
While prayer continues around the clock there are particular times and places where the community gathers in prayer.
Prayer life starts at 2 am with morning prayers
Prayers are offered simultaneously at Guru Granth Sahib, at the Havan, and Baba Siri Chand ji’s shrine followed by singing Arta Guru Nanak Dev ji of Baba Siri Chand ji.
Prakash – ceremonial opening of Guru Granth Sahib and reading of the Hukam Nama. After the reading, Prasad and often fruit is distributed to everyone present. We accept with both hands cupped.
Akhand Path - Continuous readings of Guru Granth Sahib are begun at 2 am and finish exactly 48 hours later. Community members take turns (often 2 hour shifts) reading and you’ll see people reverently waving the Chauri Sahib over the scripture throughout the time. For special occasions such as the holy day celebrations, as many as 13 scriptures may be read simultaneously and the whole room will be filled with an almost ethereal atmosphere.
Nitnem – recitation of 5 daily prayers
Singing – Asa Di War – traditional hymn from Guru Granth Sahib
Prayer in main compound followed by singing Nasro Mansur Gobind Singh. a hymn in praise of Guru Gobind Singh
11:45 am singing
Nasro Mansur Gobind Singh
5 pm - Evening prayers
- Kirtan on veranda in main compound often sung by Bibi Jaswant Kaur our renowned artist in residence
- Rahras – evening prayer
- Ardas – community prayer and the reading of the “Evening Order”
- Followed by singing of Guru Nanak Dev ji’s Aarti. 3 ceremonial trays of 21 oil lamps are lit at this time.
- Sukhasan – the closing of Guru Granth Sahib for the night.
- The congregation then moves to the Havan. Jaap Sahib, Chandi Di Var, Hanuman Chalisa and Nasro Mansur Gobind Singh
- The evening prayers end with Prasad being distributed and everyone moves to the Langar for their evening meal.
The Main Havan
Located in the main compound, this sacred fire has been burning continuously on this same spot since 1968 when Gobind Sadan was first established. Prayer is offered 24 hours a day. People sit in silent meditation (reciting Nam) or recite Jaap Sahib. The spiritual power here is palpable. The holy ash is noted for its great healing power. Prayers are offered here for ones personal life, health, family, or livelihood are usually answered.
The Peace Havan
Located in the private hillside garden, (beyond the hall), prayer continues 24 hours a day for world peace. No personal requests are allowed here.
6:30 – Each evening, 125 candles are lit and people gather to share the Lord’s Prayers in whatever languages are represented, followed by singing of Jesus’s praise.
The Menorah that stands beside Jesus is also lit.
Water from the spring that flows over Jesus’s feet has great curative power and many people have been healed. Once again Jesus’s place is always open and anyone is welcome to spend time there.
Nimaz prayers are offered 5 times a day. Everyone is welcome to join.