The Daily Hukamnama
The Daily Hukamnama is a tradition in Sikhism to read a Shabad (passage) from the Siri Guru Granth Sahib, the Sikh holy scripture. The passage is considered by Sikhs as the divine "command of the Guru" for the day. Hukams are taken as guidance in specific situations or answer to questions. Learn more at SikhiWiki.org.
The SikhNet Daily Hukamnama is direct from the Harimandir Sahib (Golden Temple) in Amritsar, India, the holiest temple of the Sikhs. The new Hukamnama is usually available between 4am-6am IST (Indian Standard Time).
Layout of the Hukamnama Page
At the top of the page, you will find the toolbar to customize the Hukamnama layout. See more about this in the Customizing the Layout section. You will also find a link to Print this hukam in a beautiful layout of your choosing.
The next section of the page contains information about this hukam, including the date in English, the Nanakshahi date, the Ang (page number), Writer and Raag, and options for listening to Audio from this hukam.
After the hukam information section, you will find the hukam text written in Gurmukhi and/or translations of the hukam. Use the Customize the Layout Toolbar to hide or show other translations.
Viewing Past/Archived Hukams
A large number of archived hukams can be accessed using the Hukam Archives section in the sidebar on the left side of the page. Hukams are available as far back as 2002.
Select the Month, Day and Year you want and click the View button to load that hukam.
Listening to the Hukamnama Audio
Audio clips of the Daily Hukamnama are available for listening or downloading in Gurmukhi, English and Punjabi.
To listen, just click the Play button next to the type of audio of your choosing. Downloadable MP3s of these audio clips are available -- just click the name of the audio type to start the download.
Note: Audio clips are manually added by the SikhNet staff each day and it may take some time to upload before they are available for listening. If the audio clips are not available when you visit the hukam page, please check back a few hours later. Also, audio clips for past/archived hukams may not be available since audio clips are only added for new hukams each day.
You can also listen to Gurbani Kirtan from the shabad(s) in the hukam. Use the Play link to open an audio player that will begin playing kirtan from the Gurbani Media Center. You can also use the List link to select individual songs and add them to a custom playlist.
Customizing the Layout
The layout of the hukam can be configured to your preference.
1. Translations, Fonts and Sizing
This section gives you options to enable/disable different translations of the hukam. You can customize the font, size and color of each translation.
You can even change the order in which the translations are displayed. To Sort the translations: click and hold your mouse button on the drag arrow to the right of a translation, drag the row down to where you want it to appear, then release your mouse button.
2. Display Style
The translations of each line of the hukam can be grouped in different ways. Line-by-Line will mix all the translations together. Both Block and Paragraph formats are for grouping all the lines of each individual translation together.
3. Text Positioning
Line Height will change the vertical height of each individual line.
Translation Spacing is the vertical distance between each grouping of translation lines. See the description of Display Style below to learn more about translation line grouping. (This setting has no effect when only a single translation is displayed.)
Printing the Hukam in a Beautiful Frame
The Daily Hukamnama can be customized and printed in a beautiful picture frame using the new SikhNet Shabad Printer. Just click the Print link in the upper right-hand side of the Hukam frame.
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