Sikh Rehat Maryada

The Sikh Rehat Maryada is a code of conduct and conventions for Sikhism, approved by the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, Amritsar in 1945.

Although Sikhs have a primary scripture (the Guru Granth Sahib), it does not provide a practical structure for the arrangement of the community. Consequently, the Rehat Maryada was created to standardise Sikh Gurdwaras and religious practices to foster cohesion throughout the community

The Sikh Rehat Maryada addresses key issues such as the definition of a Sikh, personal and communal obligations such as meditation and volunteer service, rules for gurdwara services to include appropriate music and festivals, and the conduct of assorted Sikh ceremonies.

The Sikh Rehat Maryada is divided into six sections and thirteen chapters. Read about each section and chapter in detail by clicking the links below.

Section 1

Chapter I – Sikh Defined

Article 1 – Definition of Sikh

Section 2

Chapter II – Aspects of Sikh Living

Article II  – Sikh Living

Chapter III – Individual Spirituality

Article III – Sikh Personal Life

Article IV – Meditating on Naam (Divine Substance) and Scriptures

Section 3 

Chapter IV – Gurduwaras, Congregational Etiquette, Rites

Article V –  Joining the Congregation for understanding of and reflecting on Gurbani

Chapter V – Kirtan

Article VI – Kirtan (Devotional Hymn Singing by a Group or an individual)

Chapter VI – Taking Hukam

Article VII – Taking Hukam

Chapter VII – Reading of the Guru Granth Sahib

Article VIII – Sadharan Path (Completion of Normal Intermittent Reading of the Guru Granth Sahib)

Article IX – Akhand Path: Uninterrupted-Non-Stop-Completion of the Reading of the Guru Granth Sahib

Article X – Commencing the Non-stop Reading

Article XI – Concluding the Reading

Chapter VIII – Making Offerings, Consecration and Distribution

Article XII – Karhah Prasad (Sacred Pudding)

Chapter IX – Components of Gurdwara Service

Article XIII – Exposition of Gurbani (Sikh Holy Scriptures)

Article XIV – Expository Discourse

Article XV – Gurdwara Service

Section Four

Chapter X – Beliefs, Observances, Duties, Taboos and Ceremonies

Article XVI – Living in Consonance with Guru’s Tenets

Chapter XI – Ceremonies pertaining to Social Occasions

Article XVII – Ceremonies pertaining to Birth and Naming of Child

Article XVIII – Anand Sanskar (Lit. Joyful Ceremony)

Article XIX – Funeral Ceremonies

Article XX – Other Rites and Conventions

Section Five

Chapter XII – Altruistic Work

Article XXI – Voluntary Service

Section Six

Chapter XIII – Panthic (Corporator Sikh) Life

Article XXII – Facets of Corporate Sikh Life

Article XXIII – Panth’s Status of Guru-hood

Article XXIV – Ceremony of Baptism or Initiation

Article XXV – Method of Imposing Chastisement

Article XXVI – Method of Adopting Gurmatta

Article XXVII – Appeals against Local Decisions