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What is a karah prashad?

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  • Karah Prasad is a sacred pudding offered in A Sikh Temple.
  • Prashad is covered by a clean cloth and placed on a low clean platform in front of the the Guru Granth Sahib.
  • The first five and last stanza of the scripture Anand Sahib are recited or sung aloud in the presence of the Guru Granth Sahib and the congregation.
  • A Sikh removes a kirpan, a ceremonial short sword, from its sheath.
  • The Sikh stands facing Siri Guru Granth Sahib and holds the handle of the kirpan between folded hands.
  • The Sikh touches the kirpan to the prashad, passing the steel through it, at the appropriate moment of Ardas, just prior to its conclusion.
Distribution of Prashad
  • Five shares of prashad, representing each one of the five beloved panj pyara, are taken out of the main bowl and distributed.
  • One share is taken out and placed in a small bowl for the Sikh attending Siri Guru Granth Sahib.
  • The remainder of prashad is distributed to sangat, the congregation, without discrimination or regard to rank social status caste color or creed.

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