Hajipur: The handwritten holy book of the Sikhs, Guru Granth Sahib has been reported stolen from the Lalganj gurudwara in Vaishali district of Bihar.

The Sikh’s gurus started writing the book during the Guru Nanak Dev’s time. Alongwith the writings by Guru Arjun Dev, the book included writings of other eminent gurus of the Sikhs. Till the time of Guru Gobind Singh’s relocation to Nandedh, the practice of writing in the book continued.

The 1507 page book weighs about 40 kilograms with gold-plated inscriptions on the cover.

A team from Takht Harmandir Sahib arrived at Patna on Wednesday to investigate the case. Another team from the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (Delhi) is likely to visit Hajipur.

The sewadar appointed for the maintenance of the Gurudwara is reported to be absent on the night of theft. According to the police officials a team has been appointed to investigate the matter.

The famous Lalganj gurudwara was established by Guru Nanak Dev’s second son. Due to the apathy of the administration, the gurudwara is in a sorry state. Three and half centuries old holy book was kept in a glass box by the local people but somehow the glass was broken and the book was lying in dust. Earlier in 1930’s part of the book was destroyed in earthquake and later in fire.

Notably, there are no Sikhs in the Lalganj area, and the people from different faiths look after the upkeep of the gurudwara for last several decades.

JPN/Bureau