JHĪVAR HEṚĪ, a village in Yamunānagar district of Haryāṇā 23 km southwest of Jagādhrī (30º-10'N, 77º-18'E), has a Sikh shrine, Gurdwārā Nāvīṅ Pātshāhī, dedicated to Gurū Tegh Bahādur. According to local tradition, Gurū Tegh Bahādur converted here a sādhū named Bhikhārī Dās who was proud of his ritualistic piety. Lakkhī Shāh Vaṇjārā, a Sikh who owned a transport caravan, is said to have constructed a memorial platform and donated a small piece of land for a garden. In 1764, Sardār Desū Siṅgh of Ḍallevālī misl occupied Mustafābād and its surrounding villages. He had the platform enlarged. Sardār Ajīt Siṅgh of Lāḍvā is said to have made a further land endowment.
Since 1851 (the date of the earliest revenue records) the Gurdwārā and its landed properties had been under the possession of a Sikh goldsmith family. A case for the transference of possession of the Gurdwārā to the Shiromaṇī Gurdwārā Parbandhak Committee was brought before the Gurdwārā Tribunal in 1926, but it dragged on until 1937 when it was decided in favour of the Committee. Reconstruction of the building was begun in 1954. The present Gurdwārā has a large hall, including the original platform, now the seat for the Gurū Granth Sāhib. A separate compound houses the Gurū kā Laṅgar. The shrine is administered by a local committee. Devotees from the neighbouring villages and towns congregate on every amāvasyā, the last day of the dark half of the month, when kīrtan, sermons and community meal take place. An annual fair is held on 9 and 10 Phāgun (third week of February).
Major Gurmukh Siṅgh (Retd.)