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Chauri is a ceremonial whisk used by the Sikhs to wave over the Guru Granth Sahib, the holy book of Sikhism. In Indian tradition, fanning a person or object with a chauri is equivalent to giving them respect and a position of authority.

A chauri is made from the hairs of the tail of a white horse or yak, which are set in a wooden or silver handle. It is always placed besides the Guru Granth Sahib. The holy book is placed on a stool, which shows its equivalence to a living guru. The chauri is periodically waved over the holy book, when the verses are being read. This is to signify the book’s position in the religion.

Updated on 7th June, 2005


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