The Ardas is done standing up with ‘folded hands’. The beginning of the Ardas is strictly set by the tenth Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh. When it comes to the conclusion of this prayer, the devotee uses:
The word Waheguru – “Waheguru please bless me in the task that I am about to undertake” when starting a new task.
Or the words Akal Purakh – “Akal Purakh, having completed the hymn-singing, we ask for your continued blessings so that we can continue with your memory and remember you at all times”.
Basics of Sikhi Singh explains why ardas is done while standing up and not sitting down. Sikhs stand up for a number of reasons and one of them being due to respect.
When a person is sitting with legs crossed he is contemplating and or in a meditative state. When we do ardas we remember Sikh Gurus, Sikh History, Gurdwaras, and ask for Kirpa to be bestowed.
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