Sikher – Open Source Gurbani Searcher

Here is a very worthwhile project that you should be aware of. I hope that you all check it out and give your support and get involved. If we all work together and help with this we could have an awesome tool! Here are some details on what it is all about.

The Future of Gurbani Has Arrived

In the age of the 21st Century, there have been many new technological advancements. Access to Gurbani has also evolved. The future of Gurbani is here. The future is Sikher – the World’s First Open Source Gurbani Searcher – which will make understanding and reading Gurbani simple through translations and transliterations in multiple languages. It has been built fresh from the ground up, to provide an exciting feature set for users, developers and translators alike. Sikher will work on any platform, whether Windows, Linux, Mac or even your PDA or mobile phone. It will help provide guidance when you’re making those crucial decisions in life, it will allow you to understand what is being read and sung at the Gurdwara, and shall help you recite your daily Banis. But that’s just the beginning…


Fresh & Free Forever

Sikher is being developed independently from other Gurbani searchers and so we’ve had the chance to make a really fresh start. What’s more is that not only will Sikher be available for Gurdwaras to download for free, but also if people wish to download it at home, they will be able to for free! And because it is being developed as an Open Source project, anyone can contribute to the project and download the code. So the project does not really belong to us, it belongs to the entire world community and so as long as that community exists, Sikher will continue to be supported and developed forever, and will always be free.

Our Unique Features

Our feature set is very impressive and unique. Here are a few tasters of what’s to come:

  • Open Source program which is community driven and free forever
  • Cross platform program (l10n) which works with Windows, Linux and Mac
  • Multiple translations & transliterations of Gurbani available in 5 languages: English, French, German, Spanish & Russian
  • Project function which allows a user to save the order in which hymns appear
  • Export function which allows a user to export hymns in a variety of formats including text, (x)html, pdf & xml

The full exhaustive list of features may be found in the Features section.

Supporting Sikher

The Sikher team have put a lot of their own time and money into trying to complete Sikher Version 1.0. Much of the code for Sikher has already been written, however the project is still lacking both human and financial support. Please help us in any way you can, we require translators for French, German, Spanish & Russian and if you are a Java or XML coder we shall have use for you, but at the very least help promote Sikher and spread the word that the future of Gurbani has arrived and its going to be fresh and free forever. Ways you can help are by:

Some Final Thoughts

Some people don’t realise the importance of this project, but this is the single most important tool for the 21st Century in allowing people speaking different languages and living in different areas of the world, the opportunity to understand the simplistic message that the way of life of Sikhism has to offer. The Sikher team hopes to have translations and transliterations in all languages eventually, so this project will be an ongoing mission to provide the world with understanding and guidance. We hope for Sikher to become an integral part of the Gurdwara and to play a major role in educating youth about Gurbani, and indeed the rest of the world. Please be proactive in helping us achieve this vision ;). Satnaam.

Humbly yours,

Jasdeep Singh