Rare miniature Guru Granth Sahib in Patiala family's care
Gurpal Kaur, Hindustan Times, Patiala, 8th November 2009
A Gur-Sikh family residing in the congested interior locality of old Patiala is oblivious of the treasure it holds - a rare miniature of Sri Guru Granth Sahib.The holy book that can be held in a folded fist is approximately 1x1.5 inches in dimension.
The miniature book contains the exact same number of pages (1430 pages) as the normal sized Guru Granth Sahib, written in Gurmukhi script, in archaic Punjabi, with occasional use of other languages, including Punjabi, Khariboli (Hindi), sanskrit, regional dialects and Persian.
The fragile book is kept wrapped in saffron cloth inside an unremarkable copper vessel that gives no clue of the treasure it holds. The pages of the miniature holy book have faded to pale yellow and its binding has loosened, but the print is still clear and can be read using magnifying glass.
The pages of the real script are slightly worn out, despite that Gurcharan Singh, 58, of Sukhdaspura Mohalla and his family is hesitant to send the rare piece to a binder's. They just glue them on themselves.
Gurcharan Singh has had the book for 50 years and does not know how it came to
be in the family's possession. His grandfather Atma Singh handed it down to his
son Harcharan Singh, the present owner's father, he says. Gurcharan's is the
fourth generation of the family which has the holy book in its care.
The family is reluctant to talk about the rare miniature, which it hopes to
preserve as a relic of their ancestors.
The book is held in great reverence by the family and treated with utmost
"Our family is not interested in parting with its ancestral relic or sharing it
with any person or organization," the family head announced, lest anyone should
approach them after
1X1.5 INCHES IN DIMENSION, THE HOLY BOOK CAN BE HELD IN A FOLDED