What Happened?

The British have kept a 350 year old saroop of Adi Granth for over 130 years inside the British museum. The saroop dates from the 17th centruy (Circa 1660-1675). The original Adi Granth was compiled by Guru Arjan Dev Ji in 1604, known as the Kartarpur Wali Bir currently in the possession of the Sodhi family of Punjab.

The saroop kept in the British library is one of the 20 oldest saroops to exist in the world.


How did the British obtain the saroop?

The saroop was purchased by the British Museum in 1884 from the Reverend A. Fisher, who had been principal of a missionary school in Amritsar in the Punjab.

Difference between Adi Granth and Guru Granth Sahib Ji?

The tenth Guru, Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji added the bani of 9th Guru, Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib Ji into the Adi Granth and in 1708 declared it to be Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji, the eternal Guru of the Sikhs.


How is it Blashemy?

The British Museum has split it’s saroop of Adi Granth into different parts and have committed sacrilege by treating it as a book.

Manjit Singh addressed the concern in 2012 to the British Museum by stating the following:

“The Guru Granth Sahib/Adi Granth should NOT ever be dissected or kept as a ‘book’ in the British Library.

This manuscript needs to be ‘reconciled’ with the remaining Adi Granth from which it was dissected.

It then needs to be returned to a Sikh gurdwara (Harmandir Sahib in Amritsar) for it to be laid on its canopy and used in worship. Sikhs bow to the Adi Granth. It is NOT a ‘prayer book to be shelved and archived. This manuscript needs to be returned to the Sikh community and given the full regalia that every Guru Granth Sabhib is. I would be interested to discuss this matter with the British Library.”

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