BANĪ BADARPUR is the name popularly given to what are in fact two separate villages Banī and Badarpur, 6 km from Lāḍvā (29º-59'N, 77º-3'E) in Kurukshetra district of Haryāṇā. Gurū Tegh Bahādur visited this place twice. On his first visit, he came from Kurukshetra, via Munīarpur and Ḍuḍhī. He gave a bagful of money (badrā, in old Punjabi) to the headman, Rām Bakhsh, for the construction of a well for use by the villagers. The latter, however, misappropriated the amount. On his second visit, the Gurū had the well dug under his own supervision. Platforms were constructed on sites sanctified by the Gurū on the two occasions. Over the one, situated between the two villages, the construction of a shrine known as Gurdwārā Gurū Tegh Bahādur was started by Sardār Baghel Siṅgh of Chhalaudī, a minor Sikh principality about 3 km from Banī Badarpur. It was completed by his widow. A platform also existed inside Badarpur village. A room over it has been constructed recently.
Major Gurmukh Siṅgh (Retd.)