GAṚHĪĀ, BHĀĪ, a devout Sikh who received blessing from Gurū Hargobind. The Gurū sent him to preach in Kashmīr on a special request from the saṅgat of that area. Bhāī Gaṛhīā met on the way a Muslim divine, Shāh Daulā, near Gujrāt, now in Pakistan, and engaged in a discourse with him. Shāh Daulā, was so impressed by his recital of the Sukhmanī, that he became a devotee of the Gurūs. In Kashmīr, Bhāī Gaṛhīā won wide esteem for his gentle and pious manner. Daily he expounded the sacred texts in the saṅgat and performed kīrtan. Whatever offerings he received went into the Gurū kā Laṅgar. On being recalled from Kashmīr by Gurū Hargobind, he settled down at Goindvāl. He accompanied Bābā Dvārkā Dās, a descendant of Gurū Amar Dās, to Bakālā to attend the accession ceremony for Gurū Tegh Bahādur on 11 August 1664. Bābā Dvārkā Dās returned to Goindvāl, but he continued to stay at Bakālā to serve the Gurū.
Major Gurmukh Siṅgh (Retd.)