We know Punjabi’s writing language is Gurmukhi. But we know who invented it? Why and how it came in society? Please read sakhi below to know more about Gurmukhi.
Guru Angad invented the present form of the Gurmukhi script. It became the medium of writing the Punjabi language in which the hymns of the Gurus are expressed. This step had a far-reaching purpose and impact. Firstly, it gave the common people a language that is simple to learn and write. Secondly, it helped the community to separate itself from the very reserved and complex nature of the Sanskrit religious tradition so that the growth and development of the Sikhs could take place unrestricted and balanced by the excess of the earlier religious and social philosophies and practices.
Earlier, the Punjabi language was written in the Landa or Mahajani script. This had no vowel sounds, which had to be imagined or construed by the reader in order to decipher the writing. Therefore, there was the need of a script which could faithfully reproduce the hymns of the Gurus so that the true meaning and message of the Gurus could not be misconstrued and misinterpreted by each reader to suit his own purpose and prejudices. The devising of the Gurmukhi script was an essential step in order to maintain the purity of the guideline and ignore all possibility of misunderstanding and misconstruction by any person.
We should be proud of our language and try to use Gurmukhi in our daily life so our new generation adapt it easily.