At this place, the daily Hukamnama or the "Order-of-The-Day" is explained to the devotees every morning and evening. A widely spread and covered hall just opposite Sri Guru Ram Das Langar Hall, is a congregation hall. In Harmandir Sahib, Guru Granth Sahib is read or the hymns of Guru Granth Sahib are being sung, but at Diwan hall the Bani (hymns) are explained every morning and evening by the priest (the priest conversed with concept of Bani and Sikh history). The concept of explaining Bani was initiated by Guru Arjan Dev himself and the tradition is still going on. Within the Diwan Hall complex is a small raised platform covered with a marble canopy. This is the place where Guru Arjan Dev recited Barah Mah (a bani related with the description of twelve months according to Lunar system). Diwan Hall is used for religious functions.

some pictures of manji diwan hall


interior image of manji diwan hall

Katha Manji Sahib Diwan Hall

Sat Sangat of manji sahib diwan hall


A Hukamnama refers to a hymn from the Guru Granth Sahib which is given as an order to Sikhs or a historical order given by one of the Guru’s of Sikhism. The Hukamnama also refers to a hymn randomly selected from the Guru Granth Sahib on a daily basis. This is seen as the order of God fohat particular day. The Hukamnama is distributed and then read aloud in Gurudwaras throughout the world. Hukamnama, is a compound of two words hukam, meaning command or order, and namah, meaning statement. Hukamanama, order or thought of the day is taken as of great importance in the life of a Sikh. In Harmandir Sahib as soon as Sri Guru Granth Sahib arrives for installation every morning, the priest (Granthi) will unfold the rumalas wrapped around the holy book among reciting of swaiyias (the couplets of bani) of Bhatts. As soon as Guru Granth Sahib is opened, the first hymn on the very left side is read out loudly. This hymn is called order or thought of the day or Hukamnama. It has such a great importance that the very first hymn that was read in 1604 on installation of Guru Granth Sahib in Harmandir Sahib has become a part of the Sikh history.


ਕੋਟੀ ਹੂ ਪੀਰ ਵਰਜਿ ਰਹਾਝ ਜਾ ਮੀਰ੝ ਸ੝ਣਿਆ ਧਾਇਆ ॥
ਥਾਨ ਮ੝ਕਾਮ ਜਲੇ ਬਿਜ ਮੰਦਰ ਮ੝ਛਿ ਮ੝ਛਿ ਕ੝ਇਰ ਰ੝ਲਾਇਆ ॥
ਕੋਈ ਮ੝ਗਲ੝ ਨ ਹੋਆ ਅੰਧਾ ਕਿਨੈ ਨ ਪਰਚਾ ਲਾਇਆ ॥੪॥
ਹ੝ਕਮੀ ਹ੝ਕਮਿ ਚਲਾਝ ਵਿਗਸੈ ਨਾਨਕ ਲਿਖਿਆ ਪਾਈਝ ॥੭॥੧੨॥