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Q: Which language is spoken in the Gurdwara Sahib? Where is this language taught?

A: The language in the Gurdwara Sahib is mostly Punjabi, however, the Holy Scriptures are read in Gurmukhi. Gurmukhi is the official language of the sacred Sikh scriptures. Gurmukhi is a type of poetic Punjabi.

If one knows Punjabi very well, he or she can understand everything being said in the Gurdwara Sahib. Further explanations might be needed to explain Gurmukhi as it is very deep. The entire Guru Granth Sahib Ji is not written in Gurmukhi as many contributors did not speak absolute Gurmukhi. The devotees of God spoke different languages, including Sanskrit, Persian, but most spoke Punjabi and wrote in Gurmukhi.

In India, Punjabi is taught in all schools in the Punjab province. In countries outside of India, the Punjabi language as well as Gurmukhi is taught in Sunday Schools in Gurdwara Sahib. Many parents also teach their children these languages at home and then train them in reading the scriptures.


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