GURMAT PRACHĀRAK LAṚĪ (series of books to propagate the Sikh way of life) was founded in 1919 at Rāwalpiṇḍī by Giānī Sher Siṅgh, an adept in traditional Sikh learning and an influential political leader. In this series, Giānī Sher Siṅgh planned to publish one book every month in Punjabi and one book every quarter in Urdu on Sikh history and theology or presenting in simple translation portions of the gurbāṇī. The first book in this category was Giānī Sher Siṅgh's own Gurū Granth te Panth, published in December 1919. To ensure regularity in publication, Giānī Sher Siṅgh acquired a printing press and appointed for its management Bhāī Nānak Siṅgh, who later rose to fame as a Punjabi novelist. For more efficient functioning, he shifted the headquarters from Rāwalpiṇḍī to Lahore, but work for the Gurmat Prachārak Laṛī could not be sustained for more than a few months. Soon after the launching of the series, the Gurdwārā Reform movement started and Giānī Sher Siṅgh drifted into active politics.

         Besides Gurū Granth te Panth, other books issued in the series were Dharam Darpaṇ, in three parts; an exposition of Āsā dī Vār; Khaṇḍe dī Dhār, a biography of Gurū Hargobind; Deg Teg dā Mālak, a biography of Gurū Gobind Siṅgh; and Nitnem Saṭīk, exposition of the bāṇīs that every Sikh is enjoined to recite daily, namely Japu, Jāp Sāhib, Savaiye, Chaupaī, Anand Sāhib, Rahrāsi and Kīrtan Sohilā.

Jagjīt Siṅgh