The 5 Banis,
- Japji Sahib,
- Jaap Sahib,
- Amrit Savaiye,
- Benti Chaupai and
- Anand Sahib
are usually recited daily by some devoted Sikhs in the early morning.
- Rehras Sahib is read in the evening and
- Kirtan Sohila before going to sleep at night.
No exact time is stipulated by the Guru for the reciting of the Banis as this is left to the individual. However, the morning Banis are normally read early in the morning when the world is still asleep and it is peaceful and silent.
One should endeavour to do this as early as possible in the “ambrosial” hours of the morning. Some devout Sikhs read their Banis as early as 4 am but most practising Sikh usually recite their Banis at about 6 am and it takes about 1 hour to complete their meditation.