Gurmukhi alphabet – Painti Akhri
Painti Akhri is a Punjabi term that refers to the Gurmukhi alphabet. The first word “painti” literally means “35” and the word “akhri” means “writing” – It not surprising that there are thirty-five letters in the Gurmukhi alphabet.
The word Gurmukhi literally means “from the mouth of the Guru”. Gurmukhi is the name of the script used in writing primarily Punjabi and, secondarily, Sindhi language. It is exclusively used to write the Sikh holy scriptures, Sri Guru Granth Sahib andDasam Granth.
Although the “Painti Akhri” was originally just used in Punjab, India, the alphabet has now crossed the frontiers of its homeland. Sikhs have settled in all parts of the world and Gurmukhi has accompanied them everywhere.
Learn Gurmukhi: Episode 1