DAKKHAṆĪ RĀI (d. 1815), a sixth-generation-descendant of Bābā Prithī Chand, the elder brother of Gurū Arjan, who had founded an Udāsī ḍerā or preaching centre of the Udāsī sect at Gharāchoṅ, a village in present-day Saṅgrūr district of the Punjab. The rulers of Paṭiālā granted him two villages, Kapiāl and Baṭariāṇā, in freehold. Dakkhaṇī Rāi was a non-celibate Udāsī sādhū, and his descendants are still living at Gharāchoṅ. In Bāvā Brahmānand, Gurū Udāsīn Matt Darpan, Bābā Bishan Sarūp and Bābā Sarūp Dās are mentioned as the most respected and most active heads of this branch of Udāsīs. Bābā Sarūp Dās lived and preached for some time at Shikārpur in Sindh province, and at Amritsar from 1898 till his death there on 22 Assū 1979 Bk / 7 October 1922.
Major Gurmukh Siṅgh (Retd.)