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The Dasam Granth is a 1,page anthology of diverse compositions attributed to the tenth Guru of Sikhism, Guru Gobind Singh, and a topic of great controversy among Sikhs. The controversy stems from two major issues: a substantial portion of the Dasam Granth relates tales from Hindu mythology, suggesting a disconnect from normative Sikh theology; and a long composition entitled Charitropakhian tells several hundred rather graphic stories about illicit liaisons between men and women.

Sikhs have debated whether the text deserves status as a "scripture" or should be read instead as "literature. Much of the secondary literature on the Dasam Granth focuses on this authorship issue, and despite an ever-growing body of articles, essays, and books mainly in Punjabi , the debate has not moved forward. The available manuscript and other historical evidence do not provide conclusive answers regarding authorship.

The debate has been so acrimonious at times that in , Sikh leader Joginder Singh Vedanti issued a directive that Sikh scholars not comment on the Dasam Granth publicly at all pending a committee inquiry into the matter.

Debating the Dasam Granth is the first English language, book-length critical study of this controversial Sikh text in many years. Based on research on the original text in the Brajbhasha and Punjabi languages, a critical reading of the secondary literature in Punjabi, Hindi, and English, and interviews with scholars and Sikh leaders in India, it offers a thorough introduction to the Dasam Granth, its history, debates about its authenticity, and an in-depth analysis of its most important compositions.

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Debating the Dasam Granth

This book explores a Sikh text attributed to Guru Gobind Singh. Controversy has long surrounded substantial portions of the text that relate tales from Hindu mythology and graphic stories about women who devise elaborate schemes to pursue illicit liaisons with men. Analysis of the Dasam Granth has largely centered on the issue of whether or not Guru Gobind Singh is the author of these controversial compositions, and why stories of conniving women would be included in a religious text. Debating the Dasam Granth explores these controversies about authorship and the stories of women Rather than adding another entry to the authorship debate, this book situates these compositions in the broader context of Indian literature, explores how the different portions of the Dasam Granth relate to one another, and suggests why such a disparate group of compositions might have been compiled into a single text. Forgot password?


The Dasam Granth includes hymns, mythological tales from Hindu texts , [2] a celebration of the feminine in the form of goddess Durga , [4] erotic fables, [2] an autobiography, letters to others such as the Mughal emperor , as well as reverential discussion of warriors and theology. The oldest known manuscript of Dasam Granth is likely the Anandpuri bir. Almost all of the pages in it are dated to the s, with a few folio pages on Zafarnama and Hikayats in a different style and format appended to it in the early 18th-century. These manuscripts include the Indian mythologies that are questioned by some Sikhs in the contemporary era, as well as sections such as the Ugradanti and Sri Bhagauti Astotra that were, for some reason, removed from these manuscripts in the official versions of Dasam Granth in the 20th-century. Although the compositions of the Dasam Granth are widely accepted to be penned by Guru Gobind Singh there are some that question the authenticity of the Dasam Granth. There are three major views on the authorship of the Dasam Granth : [8].

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