SAMPAṬ PĀṬH is a variation of akhaṇḍ pāṭh in which the reading of every single complete hymn of the Gurū Granth Sāhib is followed by the reading of a predetermined śabda or śloka (from the Gurū Granth Sāhib itself, which is thus repeated throughout the recitation. The pāṭh is performed in a curtained cabin so that the reading is audible outside the cabin but the pāṭhī (reader) and the Scripture are not in the view of the audience. In the Hindu tradition, a mantra, prefixed and suffixed by another mystic word or mantra, is called sampaṭ mantra. Literally, a sampaṭ is a casket in which devout Hindus keep their idols or stone images called ṭhākurs. The sampaṭ pāṭh obviously takes double the time of an akhaṇḍ pāṭh, or even more. Since such a pāṭh is contrary to the Sikh tenets, it never became an accepted form and is no longer in common vogue.


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Tāran Siṅgh