HUKAMNAMA , is a compound of two Persian words
"Hukum", meaning command or order, and "Nama", meaning
letter. Hence the HUKAMNAMA means the "Letter of command" or the
"Letter of order".
In the Sikh tradition, historically it refers to the
letters sent by the Sikh
Gurus to their Sikhs or sangats (congregation) in different parts of the
country during the period of the Ten Gurus from 1469 to 1708.
The Hukamnama also refers to a hymn randomly
selected from the Guru Granth Sahib on a daily basis. This is seen as
the order of God for that particular day.The Hukamnama is distributed
and then read aloud in Gurudwaras throughout the world.
Currently, the word also applies to edicts issued
from time to time from the five takhats or seats of high religious
authorities for the Sikhs:
- Akal Takht at Amritsar,
- Takht Sri Keshgarh Sahib at Anandpur Sahib Punjab),
- Takht Harimander Sahib at Patna (Bihar)
- Takht Sachkhand Sri Hazur Sahib at Nanded (Maharashtra)
- and Takht Damdama Sahib at Talvandi Sabo ( Punjab).
The full name of these edicts is
"Takhat deh Hunkamnama" - "The Order of the
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