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Short description: Word used for God in Sikhi

Waheguru (Punjabi: ਵਾਹਿਗੁਰੂ, romanized: vāhigurū) is a word used in Sikhism to refer to God as described in Guru Granth Sahib.[1]

The meaning of the word vāhigurū (usually spelled in English as Waheguru) is traditionally explained as vāh 'wondrous!', and guru, Sanskrit for 'teacher, spiritual guide, God', which taken together are said to carry the meaning, 'Wondrous Lord'.

The hymns to Waheguru contained in Guru Granth Sahib have been composed by Bhatt Gayand.[2]

The word is also used in Sikhism as a main mantra and is called gurmantra or gurmantar. By praising the Waheguru one can clear their mind and heart. According to Bhai Gurdas, a devoted Sikh of many of the Gurus and the scribe of the Adi Granth, the Waheguru mantar was formed by combining the mantar of the four jugs. Bhai Gurdas says that the first letter of the Mantar ਵ/Va/Wa comes from Vishnu who in the form of Vasnudev in Satjug gave the Vishnu Mantar. The first letter of which is ਵ. In Dwaparjug Kirshna gave the Hari mantar which begins with ਹ/H giving the next letter of the mantar. In Kaljug Guru Nanak gave the Gobind Mantar which begins with ਗ/G. Giving the next letter. In Tretajug, Rama gave the Ram Mantar beginning with ਰ/R. The four letters joined spell Waheguru.[3]

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