SRĪ GURŪ GRANTH PRAYĀY, a glossary of the Gurū Granth Sāhib, is an anonymous and undated manuscript preserved in the Khālsā College at Amritsar under catalogue No. 1473. It comprises 147 folios, 24 cms x 16 cms, with 21 lines to a page, and is possibly a late eighteenth century or early nineteenth century work. Although the word prayāy would signify a glossary or lexicon, this work is not a dictionary in the strict sense of the term, for it lacks the alphabetical order and attempts neither etymology nor uncovering varying shades of meanings of the words. Words chosen for explanation are in fact listed in the order in which they occur in the text. For instance, the first entry in Prayāy is on "Satinām Kartā Purakh" which words figure in the very first line of the first composition, Japu, in the Gurū Granth Sāhib. Then follow words and phrases picked from succeeding lines or stanzas. Meanings given are those applicable to the textual use of the words. It is but rarely that an alternative meaning has been recorded. On the back side of folio 147 are mentioned the names of scholars whose works the author had studied. Among them : Bhāī Manī Siṅgh, Sūrat Siṅgh Gurdās Siṅgh, Santā Siṅgh, Amar Siṅgh, Bhāī Chandā Siṅgh, and Bhāī Sant Siṅgh. The last two unnumbered pages contain the mythologically accepted divisions of time and their duration.
Sarmukh Siṅgh Amole