EMINĀBĀD (32º-2'N, 74º-16'E), an ancient town in Gujrāṅwālā district of Pakistan, is sacred to Gurū Nānak (1469-1539) in whose day it was called Sayyidpur. According to Bhāī Bālā Janam Sākhī, after leaving Sultānpur and before setting out on his long travels, Gurū Nānak, accompanied by Bhāī Mardānā, first visited Eminābād where Bhāī Lālo, a carpenter by profession, became his Sikh. A hymn of Gurū Nānak in the Gurū Granth Sāhib suggests that he was in Eminābād when the town was sacked by Bābar in 1521. Janam Sākhīs also mention that during the attack by the Mughal force the Gurū was held in prison and given a stonemill to ply. Eminābād came under Sikh rule when Sardār Chaṛhat Siṅgh Sukkarchakkīā occupied it during the 1760's.
The town claimed historical shrines which were administered by the Shiromaṇī Gurdwārā Parbandhak Committee since 28 February 1922 until 1947.
GURDWĀRĀ ROṚĪ SĀHIB, half a kilometer northwest of the town, marks the site where, according to tradition, Gurū Nānak after the destruction of the town had stayed with Bhāī Lālo. Here the Gurū had to sit and lie on a hard bed of small stones (roṛī in Punjabi) as alluded to in Bhāī Gurdās, Vārāṅ, I. 24. This was the premier gurdwārā of the town. The multi-storeyed building was set on fire by a mob of zealots soon after the partition of the Punjab on 15 August 1947.
GURDWĀRĀ CHAKKĪ SĀHIB, inside the town, preserves as a relic a stonemill which was believed to be the one which Gurū Nānak was made to ply during his brief period of captivity.
GURDWĀRĀ KHŪHĪ BHĀĪ LĀLO, also inside the town, marked the house and the well (khūhī, in Punjabi) belonging to Bhāī Lālo. Here Gurū Nānak had first met him.
Major Gurmukh Siṅgh (Retd.)