CHHOṬĀ MIRZĀPUR, a village in Mirzāpur district of Uttar Pradesh, 18 km south of Vārāṇasī (250 - 20'N, 820 - 58'E), is sacred to Gurū Gobind Siṅgh. He broke journey at Chhoṭā Mirzāpur while travelling as a child from Paṭnā, his birthplace, to the Punjab. A Sikh saṅgat developed here in course of time. The present Gurdwārā constructed recently on the site of an older one is, however, named Gurdwārā Srī Gurū Tegh Bahādur, Navamī Pātshāhī, perhaps because at the time of his visit, Gurū Gobind Siṅgh had not yet been anointed Gurū and the party travelling was only remembered as the family of the Ninth Gurū, Gurū Tegh Bahādur. Bhāī Mūsā Siṅgh, a native Sikh and head of the only Sikh family in the village, looks after the Gurdwārā.
Major Gurmukh Siṅgh (Retd.)