KHAṬKAR, a village 8 km to the northwest of Jīnd (29º-18'N, 76º-19'E) in Haryāṇā, claims a historical shrine, Gurdwārā Naumī Pātshāhī, in memory of Gurū Tegh Bahādur, who made a halt here on his way from Dhamdhān to Jīnd. It is said that a notorious chaudharī of the village, Dal by name, set some of his henchmen to steal the Gurū's horses. The thieves entered the camp at night, but as they unfastened the horses they felt that they could see no more. They restored the horses to their posts and regained their eyesight. In utter bafflement they came away without their booty. In the morning the villagers, including Dal, came to apologize to the Gurū. The Gurū forgave them and instructed them in the pious way of living. He also helped them to dig wells in the village.
The Gurdwārā is a small domed room which has the Gurū Granth Sāhib installed in it. It is under the control of the Shiromaṇī Gurdwārā Parbandhak Committee and is attached to the local managing committee at Jīnd which appoints a granthī who lives on the premises and looks after the shrine and the lands attached to it. There is scarcely any Sikh population in the village.
Major Gurmukh Siṅgh (Retd.)