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Amrit Velā

Amrit Vela is a very important time for Sikhs

Amrit Velā (Punjabi: ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤ ਵੇਲਾ; [Amrita vēlā]) (Time of Amrit) refers to the early morning period of time sometime between 3:00am and 6:00am[1] or before the dawning of the morning sun[2] which is used for daily meditation and recitation of Gurbani hymns. Guru Nanak in the Japji Sahib (4th Pauri) says, "In amrit velā meditate on the grandeur of the one true Name."[1] The importance of Amrit Vela is found throughout the Guru Granth Sahib. The Guru Granth Sahib states that "those who consider themselves a Sikh must wake up daily at Amrit vela and be in tune with the Naam (the Lord's Name)"[3]

In the Sikh Rehat Maryada it is written to arise Amrit Velā, bath, and meditate on the divine Naam (through Simran and Naam Japna). Sikhs recite their morning Nitnem during Amrit vela. Traditionally after Nitnem Sikhs meet with the Sangat (congregation) to recite Asa ke Var.[4]

See also


  1. ^ a b McLeod, W. H. (2009). The A to Z of Sikhism. Scarecrow Press. p. 15. ISBN 9780810863446. 
  2. ^ Singh, Dharma (2011). Meditation As Medicine: Activate the Power of Your Natural Healing Force. New York: Simon and Schuster. p. 34. ISBN 9781439117538. 
  3. ^ Sri Guru Granth Sahib. p. Ang 305. 
  4. ^ Duggal, Kartar (1980). The Prescribed Sikh Prayers (Nitnem). New Delhi: Abhinav Publications. ISBN 9788170173779. 

Further reading

  • Singh, Puran (1929). The Spirit Born People. Peshawar: Languages Department, Punjab.
  • Singh, Raghbir (2001). Bandginama. (English Translation) New Delhi: Atma Science Trust

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