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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 Gurus of Sikhism.

Nowadays, after the period of living gurus, The Hukumnama refers to a hymn from a randomly selected left hand side page from the Guru Granth Sahib on a daily basis in the morning. This is seen as the order of God for that particular day. The Hukamnama is distributed and then read aloud in Gurdwaras throughout the world.

Hukamnama, is a compound of two words hukam, meaning command or order, and namah, meaning statement.


Taken from Advanced Studies in Sikhism page 33[1] by Jasbir Singh and Harbans Singh, the following is an example Hukamnama by Guru Gobind Singh:

Sarbat sangat Kabul Guru rakhe ga

Tusa ute asaadee bahut khusi hai
Tusi Khande da Amrit Panja to lena
Kes rakhne...ih asadee mohur hair;
Kachh, Kirpan da visah nahee karna
Sarb Loh da kara hath rakhna
Dono vakat kesa dee palna karna
Sarbat sangat abhakhia da kutha
Khave naheen, Tamakoo na vartana
Bhadni tatha kanya-maran-vale so mel na rakhe
Meene, Massandei, Ramraiye ki sangat na baiso
Gurbani parhni...Waheguru, Waheguru japna
Guru kee rahat rakhnee
Sarbat sangat oopar meri khushi hai.

— Patshahi Dasvi
Jeth 26, Samat 1756

To the entire sangat at Kabul.

The Guru will protect the Sangat,
I am pleased with you all.
You should take baptism by the sword, from the Five Beloveds.
Keep your hair uncut for this is a seal of the Guru,
Accept the use of shorts and a sword.
Always wear Iron Kara on your wrist,
Keep your hair clean and comb it twice a day.
Do not eat Halal (Kosher) meat,
Do not use tobacco in any form,
Have no connection with those who kill their daughters
Or permit the cutting of their children's hair.
Do not associate with Meenas, Massands and Ram-raiyas (anti-Sikh cults)
Recite the Guru's hymns
Meditate on "The Name of our Wonderful Lord",
Follow the Sikh code of discipline
I give the entire sangat my blessing)

— Signature of 10th Guru, Jeth 26, 1756 Bikrami 23 May 1699 A.D


  1. ^ Mann, Jasbir Singh; Harbans Singh Saraon (December 1988). "Advanced studies in Sikhism". papers contributed at Conference of Sikh Studies, Los Angeles. Sikh Community of North America through Institute of Sikh Studies, Chandigarh, India, 1989: 333. Retrieved 2/10/2011. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)