BHADAUṚ, a small town 25 km northwest of Barnālā (30º-22'N, 75º-32'E) in Saṅgrūr district of the Punjab, is sacred to Gurū Gobind Siṅgh, who came here from Dīnā in December 1705 following the chase. The area was then an uninhabited jungle land, and it was only after the village of Bhadauṛ was founded by Bābā Ālā Siṅgh, eighteenth-century Sikh warrior and noble, that a shrine commemorating the Gurū's visit was established here. Local tradition had also preserved the memory of Gurū Hargobind having passed through this place so that the shrine was designated as Gurdwārā Sāhib Pātshāhī Chhemī Ate Dasmī (Andrūnī Qilā), i. e. the holy gurdwārā dedicated to the Sixth and the Tenth Gurūs, located inside the fort. Only a few traces remain of the fort and there are now two different historical shrines in the town.
GURDWĀRĀ SĀHIB ANDRŪNĪ PĀTSHĀHĪ 10, marking the site of the original shrine inside the town is a small building, the sanctum with a hall in front. A sword and a dagger, believed to have come down from Gurū Gobind Siṅgh, are kept here as sacred relics. The hilt of the sword has the Gurmukhī inscription : Srī Akāl Sahāi Pātshāhī 10. Its blade too has some numerals and legends inscribed on one side and a round seal in Persian on the other.
GURDWĀRĀ SĀHIB BAIRŪNĪ PĀTSHĀHĪ 6, half a kilometre west of the town, was known as Samādh Bhāī Charan Dās, until it was acquired by the Shiromaṇī Gurdwārā Parbandhak Committee during the 1970's and converted into a gurdwārā dedicated to the Sixth Gurū. The Gurū Granth Sāhib is now seated in the old samādh in the centre of what was once a havelī or a high-walled house entered through a high gateway which is still intact. An annual religious fair is held here on the occasion of Baisākhī.
Major Gurmukh Siṅgh (Retd.)