iSikhi – Gurbani Search App for iPhone

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After using Gurbani Anywhere on my phone for the last few weeks, my little brother has been getting pretty jealous of all the cool things I could do with it sitting in Diwans, Kirtans, or anytime on-the-go. So Yesterday I grabbed his iPhone and installed the iSikhi iPhone app, which promises to

  • Work on iPhone, iPhone 3G, and iTouch devices
  • Search Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji and view shabad(s) line by line with english translations
  • Search with either First Letters or First Letters Anywhere
  • Simple to install like any other iPhone application through App Store. No need to JailBreak your iPhone or any other modifications are required.

Let’s have a look at version 3 of this software. One thing to note is that my brother has the iPhone 2G, but is running version 3.0 of the iPhone OS. I suggest you view these pictures in order:

So the application is extremely clean and well-made. The gurmukhi keyboard and input work wonderfully. One thing I did notice is that performance on this older iPhone was definetly slower than expected, but not enough to bother me too much, or deter me from further use. The application makes good use of the iPhones screen real estate, and viewing the shabad in landscape mode with a slightly increased font makes it perfect for balancing on top of the vaja while practising kirtan.

There are some features from Gurbani Anywhere (which has an upcoming iPhone release also) are the transliterations, favorites, increased viewing options, and searching Bhai Gurdas Vara and Dasam Granth. Hopefully the iSikhi dev team can add some of these and more in upcoming releases.

Head on over to the iSikhi website, install it, donate, and post on the forums for help, comments, and support

3 thoughts on “iSikhi – Gurbani Search App for iPhone”

  1. Is is possible for you to create and app that adds all the nanakshahi dates – Month starts and also gurpurabs on the iphone? It would be great if it can automatically add that to the calendar. Thx.

  2. Fateh Ji,

    I am fairly certain it is not possible to directly modify the iphone calender directly. I do not know of any applications that present the Nanakshahi calender on iphone (or any other phone). As I do not own an iphone I will be unable to make such an app.

    My next phone will likely be an android one, and I’ll likely end up developing some cool apps for that towards the end of the year.

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