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Reading Nitnem Gutka

Nit Nem: literally means "Daily routine or habit".

Nitnem is a collaboration of different banis that were designated to be read by Sikhs every day. The Nitnem bani's usually include the Panj bania (5 bani's below) and sometimes Rehiras Sahib and Kirtan Sohila.

Morning Nitnem

The following 5 Banis are normally read by practising Sikhs early in the morning.

Evening Nitnem

The 5 Banis are usually recited in the early morning while Rehiras is read in the evening around 6pm. Kirtan Sohila is recited just before going to sleep at night.

Night time Nitnem

  • Kirtan Sohila, the Bani recited just before one retires for the day; it is normally read when one is sitting in bed, about to go to sleep at night.


1. Japji Sahib, forms the beginning of the Sri Guru Granth Sahib, which is regarded as the perpetual Guru of the Sikhs. This Bani was complied by Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the founder of Sikhism and the first of the Ten Gurus of Sikhism.

2. Jaap Sahib, forms the first part of the Dasam Granth, which is the second Holy Book of the Sikhs.

3. Anand Sahib, is a complilation by the Third guru Guru Amar Das. This bani is part of SGGS. Link to Anand Sahib

4 Rehras Sahib or Sodar Rehras which consists of hymns from [[SGGS] plus 4a). Sawayya ) 4b). Benti Chaupai ) by Tenth Guru.

5. Kirtan Sohila – Prayer to be recited before going to sleep, which is also recited just before the body of a Sikh is cremated.

6. Tav-Prasad Savaiye also called Amrit Savaiye or Suhd Savaiye, is a short prayer recited as part of the 5 Banis

See also

These are the Popular Banis of Sikhism

Mool Mantar | Japji | Jaap | Anand | Rehras | Benti Chaupai | Tav-Prasad Savaiye | Kirtan Sohila | Shabad Hazaray | Sukhmani | Salok Mahala 9 | Asa di Var | Ardas