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tandoor

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Ek Onkar means one God and is a central tenet of Sikh religious philosophy.1 It is also a symbol of the unity of God in Sikhism, and is found on all religious scriptures and places such as Gurdwaras.

It is the first phrase in the Mul Mantra meaning “there is only one God;”2 It is found in the Gurmukhi script3 and is consequently also part of the Sikh morning prayer, Japji Sahib. It is a combination of two characters: the numeral Ik (one) and the first letter of the word Onkar (God) – which happens to be the first letter of the Gurmukhi script with a specially adapted vowel symbol, and is derived from Sanskrit.

The Mul Mantar was the first composition of Guru Nanak
Punjabi: ੴ ਸਤਿ ਨਾਮੁ ਕਰਤਾ ਪੁਰਖੁ ਨਿਰਭਉ ਨਿਰਵੈਰੁ ਅਕਾਲ ਮੂਰਤਿ ਅਜੂਨੀ ਸੈਭੰ ਗੁਰ ਪ੍ਰਸਾਦਿ ॥
Simplified transliteration: Ik ōaṅkār sat nām kartā purkh nirbha’u nirvair akāl mūrat ajūnī saibhaṃ gur prasād ||
English: One Universal Creator God, The Name Is Truth, Creative Being Personified, No Fear, No Hatred, Image Of The Timeless One, Beyond Birth, Self-Existent, By Guru’s Grace.

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