HARIJĪ, SOḌHĪ (d. 1696), a great-grand-son of Gurū Rām Dās (1534-81) and head of the schismatic Mīṇā sect from 1640 to 1696, was the second son of Bābā Manohar Dās, better known as Soḍhī Miharbān (1581-1640), the author of Sachkhaṇḍ Pothī, a janam sākhī or life-story of Gurū Nānak. The exact date of Harijī's birth is not known, but indirect evidence available would place it in the second decade of the seventeenth century. After Gurū Hargobind left Amritsar in 1635 and took up abode at Kīratpur in the Śivāliks, the control of the sacred shrines in the town fell into the hands of this line of the family with Harijī retaining charge of them for several decades. As Sikh chronicles record, it was masands appointed by Harijī who had Gurū Tegh Bahādur's entry barred into the Harimandar, the sanctum sanctorum, at the time of his visit to Amritsar in 1664.
Harijī, like his father Soḍhī Miharbān, was a prolific writer. His known works are : Sukhmanī Sahaṅsarnāmā (Paramārath) , a commentary in prose on Sukhmanī Sahaṅsarnāmā, a poetic composition by his father; Goshṭīāṅ Miharvān Jī Kiāṅ, a biography of his father written in the style of a janam sakhī and Pothī Harījī containing anecdotes relating to Gurū Nānak which later formed the middle part of what is known as Miharbānvālī Janam Sākhī, the other two parts being Sachkhaṇḍ Pothī by Soḍhī Miharbān and Chaturbhuj Pothī ascribed to Soḍhī Chaturbhuj, younger brother of Harijī. These three parts were published in two volumes by Khālsā College, Amritsar, in 1963. The Pothī Harijī portion comprising 62 goshṭīs or discourses is contained in volume II. Another work ascribed to Harijī is Shabad Salok Soḍhī Harijī Ke (Dhiāu Bihaṅgam Kā), a manuscript of which is in the Dr Gaṇḍā Siṅgh collection at Punjabi University Library, Paṭiālā.
According to Sevā Siṅgh, Shahīd Bilās Bhāī Manī Siṅgh. Soḍhī Harijī died on 17 April 1696. Two years later, on a request from the saṅgat of Amritsar, Gurū Gobind Siṅgh assumed control of the Harimandar and other local shrines and appointed Bhāī Manī Siṅgh to manage them.
Krishnā Kumāri Bāṅsal