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date: 27 January 2021

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This article discusses the Dasam Granth, a lengthy text with a diverse set of compositions attributed to Guru Gobind Singh. The article describes the contents of the compositions within the text, from those praising a formless god to accounts of the goddess Durga and various avatars of Vishnu, Brahma, and Shiva, the autobiographical composition entitled Bachitra Natak, and one of its most controversial compositions, Charitropakhian, noted for its often graphic depictions of illicit liaisons. The article notes how accounts of Guru Gobind Singh’s life relate to the history of the compilation of the text and controversies concerning its authorship, as well as the different interpretations of the text and its contested status within Sikhism.

Keywords: Guru Gobind Singh, Dasam Granth, Bachitra Natak, Charitropakhian, Durga

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