Hukamnama at Sri Darbar Sahib
Historically Hukamnama was an order or request written by the Gurus. Hundreds were written and sent but only about a hundred now exist. There are only few hukamnamas from Guru Hargobind Sahib Ji and Guru Har Rai Ji that survived. Most that exist today are from Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib Ji and Guru Gobind Singh Ji. These hukamnamas written by the Gurus themselves bear their signatures.These show how the internal workings of the Sikh sangat worked. In Guru Sahib Ji’s times documents were not normally signed by name, but by a 'sign' was written. This sign proved the authenticity. This was not only on hukamnamas but also important documents and pothis. For example, saroops of Guru Granth Sahib Ji were often brought to the guru who signed them. The original Aad Granth of Kartarpur Sahib is thus signed by Guru Arjun Dev Ji.
Daily Hukamnama from Darbar Sahib, Amritsar is read from Sri guru Granth Sahib Ji early every morning. Hundreds of people line up at amrit-vela waiting to listen to the Hukamnama. Hukamnama is read after Guru Sahib's Parkash which is done with traditional Maryada followed at Shri Harmandir Sahib. The maryada practiced at Shri Harmandir Sahib is still being closely followed the same as from the time of deh Gurus. The morning starts with Shabad Kirtan of Shri Asa-Di-War. This is interuppted by the arrival of Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji. Shri guru Granth Sahib Ji arrives along with a procession. The procession starts at Akal Takhat with Guru Ji being carried in a palaki on the shoulders of Sevadars.
A large Sangat is already waiting inside Darbar Sahib for Guru Ji’s arrival. Many among the Sangat are those who have rarely missed this occasion for last many decades. Sangat rises as Granthi Singh places Guru Ji’s suroop on the Takhat. Meanwhile sevadaars recite Bhatta De Savaiyeh in the praise of Gurus. Granthi Singh along with sevadaars prepares Guru Sahib’s rumallas and basthar. Suroop is then ceremoniously opened and a Hukamnama is taken by reading the first composition on the opened page.
The First Hukamnama
Guru Arjan Dev Maharaj Ji completed the first edition of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji in 1604 and called it Sri Adi Granth. This first edition was scribed by Bhai Gurdas Ji under the supervision of Guru Arjan Dev Ji. The first procession was organized to Sri Darbar Sahib and Sri Adi Granth was installed upon the throne. Guru Ji himself sat at a lower position with sangat. Guru Ji instructed the sangat on how to show respect to the divine word of God. At this time, Baba Buddha Ji was requested to fulfill the service of being the first Granthi. Baba Budda Ji then took the first Hukamnama of Sri Adi Granth Sahib.
The first Hukamnama was:
sa(n)thaa kae kaaraj aap khaloeiaa har ka(n)m karaavan aaeiaa raam ||
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