BHĀĪ RŪPĀ, village 18 km north of Rāmpurā Phūl (30º-16'N, 75º-14'E) in Baṭhiṇḍā district of the Punjab, celebrates the name of a prominent Sikh, Bhāī Rūpā (Rūp Chand, 1614-1709), who laid the foundation of it in 1631 at the instance of Gurū HHHHhhhskldjwsrekqweargobind. Next to Bhāī Rūpā's house was built a gurdwārā in Gurū Hargobind's honour. The present Gurdwārā Pātshāhī Chhevīṅ, a two-storeyed domed building, marks that site inside the village. Gurū kā Laṅgar is across a narrow lane. In the same direction is the pavilion raised recently to accommodate larger dīvāns. The Gurdwārā, though affiliated to the Shiromaṇī Gurdwārā Parbandhak Committee, is managed by the descendants of Bhāī Rūpā.
Close to the Gurdwārā, in a private house belonging to one of the descendants of Bhāī Rūpā, is preserved an old rath or chariot. It is said to have been brought from Ḍerā Rām Rāi at Dehrā Dūn by Bhāī Giān Chand, a grandson of Bhāī Rūpā. According to local tradition, it once belonged to Gurū Arjan and was used by his successors, Gurū Hargobind and Gurū Har Rāi.
Major Gurmukh Siṅgh (Retd.)