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Pratp has been provided, painstakingly and exhaustively, by Bhai Sri gur pratap suraj granth Singh in a volume annotated edition brought out in It is usual for gianis learned scholars to hold serial discourses on the text of Suraj Prakash in gurdwaras, normally in the afternoons or evenings. In the Sri Gur Nanak Parkash portion, the style of the narrative tends to be more elaborate, with many a stanza given to homage to the Gurus, the Guru Granth Sahib and to the patron deities sri gur pratap suraj granth learning.
The poet himself explains, “As the sun rises, the darkness of the night vanishes, thieves and thugs hide themselves, owls and bats go to slumber and the stars disappear, so with the advent of the Gurus, the rays of their spiritual light spread all around dispelling the darkness of ignorance.
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Bhai Santokh Singh’s monumental work in Braj verse portraying in comprehensive detail the lives of the Ten Gurus of the Sikh faith and the career of Banda Singh Bahadur. The expression grangh is less rhetoric.
The title of the main work carries a symbolic prqtap summed up in the cosmic metaphor of suraj, i. Sri Gur Pratap Suraj Granth. The second, Sri Gur Pratap Suraj proper, is divided into portions, rut seasonaccording to the twelve signs of the zodiac, sub-divided into chapters called sri gur pratap suraj granth rays.
Its language is Braj Bhasa which was the literary Hindi of that time though its script is Gurmukhi. For the massive flow of its sri gur pratap suraj granth, the vast range of its figures and images and for the abundance of detail, Sri Gur Pratap Suraj Granth, Suraj Prakash in shorter, popular guf, is worthy to rank with the classics in this genre.
The work is divided into two parts. Bhai Vir Singh has also added notes where necessary.
The sri gur pratap suraj granth and imagery in both the parts of the book generally require expert explanation. Notwithstanding certain drawbacks which scholars with training in modern historiography may point out, it remains the most valuable source book on Sikh history of the period of the Gurus and, indeed, on the very roots of the entire Sikh tradition.
Both the parts are further sub-divided into numerous sections according to the episodes narrated, each named after the sun’s course, viz. The latter part, which deals with the lives of succeeding nine Gurus sudaj Banda Singh Bahadur, contains sruaj, verse pieces in 22 cantos.