Parkaash means light, radiance, expansion. It is the Presence of the Guru presiding over the Sadh Sangat, the Company of the Holy. The Parkaash ceremony is the installation of the Siri Guru Granth Sahib upon the Palki Sahib for the day, or for the Gurdwara ceremony about to be conducted.
- 1 If the Guru is kept overnight in a curtained closet or another room, a short Ardas is done before the Guru is placed upon the head of the person serving as the Guru Granthi, who then carries it to the Palki Sahib. As the Guru is being carried, the Granthi and those present recite any Gurbani or mantra. (i.e. Sat Nam Wahe Guru, Dhan Siri Guru Granth Sahib Ji, or any Gurbani.)
- All present then sit and meditate or chant Gurbani. A sevadar may wave the Chauri Sahib over the Guru for the entire ceremony.
- The Guru Granthi, alone or with sevadars to assist him or her, unwraps the Siri Guru Granth Sahib, one ramala at a time.
- As soon as the Guru is visible, the Sangat may approach the Guru with offering and bow.
- The Granthi then covers the Guru with a small ramala, and lifts the Siri Guru Granth Sahib unto his or her head which has been covered by another ramaala or a clean towel. Either alone, or with the help of sevadars, the ramalas which wrapped the Guru are carefully folded up and moved out of the way, or folded and smoothed to be kept under the Guru.
- The pillows are set into place, and may be covered with another ramala.
- The Guru is carefully set down on the pillows, and then raised perpendicular, resting its spine on the Palki and central pillow. The volume is opened near to the center.
- The side ramalas are placed inside the front and back covers. These ramalas drape down over the sides of the Palki Sahib. Then the Guru is covered with one or more ramalas.
- The Granthi reads a hukum.
- The Guru is covered with its ramala(s).
- Garlands of flowers may be placed on top of the ramalas.
Parkaash of the Eight Volume Set
Traditionally, the Siri Guru Granth Sahib has been a single volume. When the multiple volume English translation of the Guru is used, the volumes not currently being installed in parkaash can be either on the Palki under the top ramala, or next to the Palki on a stand or low table, level with the Palki itself, and covered with matching ramalas. Any of the eight volumes can be used for parkaash. The ceremony is the same as with a single volume Bir.
Parkaash When the Guru is in Sukhaasan on the Palki Sahib
- Recite Ardas, standing in front of the Guru.
- Sit behind the Guru and remove the ramalas covering the Guru, while reciting Gurbani or appropriate mantras.
- Proceed as with the ceremony described above.