Guru Granth Sahib Numbering System

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Parkash of Guru Granth Sahib where the numbers at the end of the Banis can be seen
The Guru Granth Sahib Numbering System has to do with the numbers at the end of the shabad and bani in the Guru Granth Sahib. Sikhwomen.com states:
"A check appears throughout the Guru Granth Sahib, the check states the number of verses in the current shabad, the number of shabads in the current sub-section, the number of sections in the current Rag etc. It causes for difficulty in anybody wishing to alter the Guru Granth Sahib as most changes in the way of additions or removals of lines can be detected by scrutinizing this check figure. "

Professor Sahib Singh's Explanation

Professor Sahib Singh, the famous scholar of the Singh Sabha Movement, in his work Guru Granth Darpan takes the example of a shabad and breaks down the numbers that are after it in the Guru Granth Sahib. Professor Sahib Singh states:

This Shabad is by Guru Tegh Bahaadur Ji in Raag Dhanaasree on Pannaa 685 in the Guru Granth Sahib

ਧਨਾਸਰੀ ਮਹਲਾ ੯ ॥

ਅਬ ਮੈ ਕਉਨ੝ ਉਪਾਉ ਕਰਉ ॥

ਜਿਹ ਬਿਧਿ ਮਨ ਕੋ ਸੰਸਾ ਚੂਕੈ ਭਉ ਨਿਧਿ ਪਾਰਿ ਪਰਉ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥

ਜਨਮ੝ ਪਾਇ ਕਛ੝ ਭਲੋ ਨ ਕੀਨੋ ਤਾ ਤੇ ਅਧਿਕ ਡਰਉ ॥

ਮਨ ਬਚ ਕ੝ਰਮ ਹਰਿ ਗ੝ਨ ਨਹੀ ਗਾਝ ਯਹ ਜੀਅ ਸੋਚ ਧਰਉ ॥੧॥

ਗ੝ਰਮਤਿ ਸ੝ਨਿ ਕਛ੝ ਗਿਆਨ੝ ਨ ਉਪਜਿਓ ਪਸ੝ ਜਿਉ ਉਦਰ੝ ਭਰਉ ॥

ਕਹ੝ ਨਾਨਕ ਪ੝ਰਭ ਬਿਰਦ੝ ਪਛਾਨਉ ਤਬ ਹਉ ਪਤਿਤ ਤਰਉ ॥੨॥੪॥੯॥੯॥੧੩॥੫੮॥੪॥੯੩॥


Here is the breakdown of all of the numbers after the shabad (including ॥੨॥੪॥੯॥੯॥੧੩॥੫੮॥੪॥੯੩॥) :

੨(2) - ਇਸ ਸ਼ਬਦ ਦੇ ਦੋ ਬੰਦ ।

This shabad has 2 “paragraphs” or “stanzas”

੪(4) - ਮ: 9 ਦਾ ਚੌਥਾ ਸ਼ਬਦ ।

4th shabad in Raag Dhanasri of Mehalla 9

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੯(9)- ਰਾਗ ਧਨਾਸਰੀ ਵਿਚ ਮਹਲਾ 1 ਦੇ ਸ਼ਬਦ

Raag Dhanasri started on Panna 660 and (Guru Nanak Dev Ji's Shabad) finished on 663


9 Shabads by Guru Nanak Dev Ji

੯(9)- ਰਾਗ ਧਨਾਸਰੀ ਵਿਚ ਮਹਲਾ 3 ਦੇ ਸ਼ਬਦ

9 Shabads by Guru Amardas

੧੩(13)-ਰਾਗ ਧਨਾਸਰੀ ਵਿਚ ਮਹਲਾ 4 ਦੇ ਸ਼ਬਦ

13 by Guru Raam Das

੫੮(58)-ਰਾਗ ਧਨਾਸਰੀ ਵਿਚ ਮਹਲਾ 5 ਦੇ ਸ਼ਬਦ

58 by Guru Arjan Dev Ji

੪(4)-ਰਾਗ ਧਨਾਸਰੀ ਵਿਚ ਮਹਲਾ 9 ਦੇ ਸ਼ਬਦ

4th and Last Shabad in Raag Dhanasri by Guru Teg Bahadur (More ashtpaddis come in this raag)

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੯੩(93)-ਸਾਰੇ ਸ਼ਬਦਾਂ ਦਾ ਜੋੜ

If we add these numbers its 93. Its all the shabads.

From Prof Sahib Singh’s Teeka Guru Granth Darpan

Reference: http://www.gurugranthdarpan.com/pdf/0676-0700.pdf (32-33 Pages of the PDF File) (Professor Sahib Singh's own work)

See Also

Structure of SGGS

Index of Guru Granth Sahib

Reference and External Links

Professor Sahib Singh's Guru Granth Darpan Online