Sikh Scriptures - Languages

Languages

The following languages are found in this Granth:

  • Punjabi - many Sikh Gurus, Bhagat (saint) Sheikh Farid and others
  • Sindhi - Guru Arjan
  • Sanskrit - Guru Nanak, Guru Arjan and others
  • Lehndi or Western Punjabi - Guru Arjan
  • Gujarati and Marathi - Bhagat Namdev and Trilochan
  • Western Hindi - Bhagat Kabir
  • Eastern Hindi - Court poets
  • Eastern Apabhramshas - Bhagat Jaidev
  • Influence of Arabic and Persian - Bhagat Namdev,Guru Nanak

The first published translation of the Guru Granth Sahib into Sindhi was done in 1959 by Mr. Jethanand B. Lalwani of Bharat Jivan Publications. He used his entire personal savings and was able to produce only 500 copies. Lalwani later took out loans to make a reprint in 1963.

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