Kuala Lumpur, Sept 14: A Malaysian Sikh has hand-written the world`s heaviest and largest copy of the Guru Granth Sahib, the holy scripture of the community.

Jaswant Singh Khosa`s 1,430-page copy of the Guru Granth Sahib figures in the Malaysian book of records as the heaviest and largest Sikh holy book written. The Guru Granth Sahib weighs 45 kg, and is 1.5m long and 0.5m wide, local daily `The Star` reported today.

The book has also been used in the `Har Ki Paudi` Temple situated in Golden Temple complex, revered by Sikhs, during a 48-hour prayer ceremony on August 30 to mark the 401st anniversary of installation of the Granth, according to highest Sikh religious authority, the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee.

Khosa, a 68-year-old former security guard spent three years to write the manuscripts using traditional Gurumukhi calligraphy, labouring for up to 12 hours daily, it said.

“We feel very proud of Jaswant, as his effort has been recognised in Amritsar,” Tatt Khalsa Diwan Selangor (Sikh religious association) general secretary Awtar Singh Terry told the paper.

He said the SGPC has written to inform them of the decision of using the book during daily prayers at the temple.

Khosa said his copy was special as every word was joined, with each page starting and ending with the same word.

“It took about five hours for me to write two pages. The copy had to be 100 per cent correct as it represents our holy scriptures,” he said.

He said he had donated his book to the temple in Amritsar last December where it was kept as an exhibit.

Bureau Report

changes made by Angad Singh.