By Bhai Sahib Randheer Singh jee
Before doing paath from Sree Guru Granth Saahib jee or taking a vaak, the Singh going to the taabiyaa (attendance) should do a panj-ishnaanaa (washing of 2hands+2feet+face=5). Sitting like this in taabiyaa is a sign of total respect and honour. Those people who in a rush shamelessly go and sit in taabiyaa without punj ishnaanaa and with the same unwashed feet that had shoes on them can not call themselves faithful Sikhs. This is a very big disrespect. Those people who sit at attendance of Sree Guru Granth Sahib jee with pyjamas they wore while going to the washroom are committing a very big error. True purity is in removing the pyjama and doing a punj ishnaanaa when sitting in attendance. Those people who aren't wearing kachheras or are wearing knicker-type "kachheras" are afraid of being exposed and sit in taabiyaa with their pyjamas.
For women, it is the hukam that when going in taabiyaa of Guru Granth Saahib jee, they should wear a separate pyjama and should never wear their usual soiled pyjamas. They should wash their feet before sitting. That pyjama which has touch the shoes should not be worn to taabiyaa. There is no doubt that a clean salvaar/pyjama is proper attire for the Guru Darbar. The reason is that at Sree Amritsar Darbaar Saahib (Harmandar Sahib), Guru Saahib's sevaadaars wear pyjamas. But it should be kept in mind that these pyjamas used for sevaa are specially kept for this task and they only wear them when doing seva, not for regular use. A sevaadaar who does not keep this full respect is accountable to Guru Sahib. Those individuals who shamelessly imitate these sevaadaars and wear dirty pyjamas to Guru Granth Saahib's taabiyaa are unaware/uncaring of the proper respect and rehit. Their dedicated devotion will never be completely fruitful (if they continue like this)