Monday, 21 January 2013

Do you want to help to restore one of the oldest Guru Granth Sahibs in the world?

Panjab Cultural Association is proud to announce our preservation project of Guru Granth Sahib. This valuable Sikh treasure was discovered by a leading academic who works with Panjab Cultural Associations, took the great task of arranging to preserve this valuable treasure for posterity. Unfortunately, the Guru Granth Sahib currently requires extensive conservation work in order to restore it. We urgently need you to donate and volunteer your skills in order to restore the saroop and create and exhibition around it. Please email .

- It is all written in hand and continuous (larivar).
- This Guru Granth Sahib is one of the oldest saroops in the UK, if not in the world.
- Like many other saroops in the UK it was taken in the Anglo-Sikh wars.
- The ink recipe is at the end of this Holy Guru Granth Sahib.

Where did this saroop come from?

It was taken in the Battle of Gujerat or final Anglo-Sikh war. It was alleged to have been taken from a Sikh priest by an officer of the 52nd Bengal Native Infantry at the Battle of Guzerat (Gujrat) on 21 February 1849.  

How do we know how old it is?

From the features of this saroop and studies of it by experts in the field we can be sure that this saroop is at least from 1690 AD. What is exciting is that it has been rebound and the Saloks of the Ninth Guru added in, which might make it even older.

Out of 15 manuscripts of this type of recension, a leading academic records this manuscript to be the oldest! More information will be provided at the seminars!

Other discoveries made from within this saroop will be disclosed in a forthcoming exhibition of this Guru Granth Sahib once it has been restored and digitalised. We urge you to donate generously towards the restoration costs of this Granth {27,000 GBP} and 7,2500 GBP in order to digitise the saroop. Please visit oursecure donation page to contribute towards this valuable seva.

The Sri Guru Granth Sahib has been examined by a number of experts of Sikh manuscripts and evaluated by Giani Rann Singh head Giani of Sant Samaaj and Tarnadal.  
The following report has been provided by a University.
CONDITION: Book block: has sustained serious damage such as missing areas and tears. The first and last pages are in the worst condition, particularly the endpapers have been seriously damaged. The paper at the ends of the book is much more brittle as a result of being more exposed to the air and the paper being oxidised.
Boards & Board Attachment: The leather is worn at all corners of the book block, down the sides of the spine, across the middle raised band on the spine and the point of the enclosing flap. The leather is tornand lifting.  The spine adjacent to this tear is also lifting, revealing the join between the two covering pieces of leather. While still attached to the endpapers the front endpaper is no longer attached to the book block
Endpapers: Poor condition, the front endpaper has been torn in half and is separate from the book block, and as a result is torn, creased and dirty.
TREATMENT: 12 months, Manuscript will be complete, strengthened and useable for most library purposes, consultation, reprography, display etc
COSTS: Conservator (Grade 4) = £27,000 Materials costs £500 approx
Approximate total cost: £27,500
It is also recommended that the manuscript be digitised as part of the conservation process.
We urgently need you to donate and volunteer your skills in order to restore the saroop and create an exhibition around it. Please email .

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