Calif. Sikhs have new wheels for holy book

June 14, 2006 at 7:27 PM

FREMONT, Calif., June 14 (UPI) -- Worshipers at a Sikh temple in Fremont, Calif., have put the final touches on a new van used solely for transporting the holiest document.

A van equipped with a metal altar and a supporting device inside and special yellow and blue letters on the outside will now safely transport the Guru Granth Sahib, the San Jose Mercury News reported Wednesday.

The book is a mixture of hymns and poems on how to live a righteous life and held in high regard and treated special in every Sikh community.

In India, where the Sikh faith was founded, similar vans transport the book. In more rural areas it is held on a person's head.

Although it is stored in a special room at the temple, the Guru Granth Sahib is taken to followers' homes for special occasions.

In the past, Sikhs at the Fremont temple held it on their laps, the Mercury News said.

Besides securing the holy books safety, worshippers say the new van is a show of respect for the document, too.

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