LALL KALĀṄ, village l0 km west of Samrālā (30º-50'N, 76º-11'E) in Ludhiānā district possesses a shrine called Gurdwārā Gurū Sar, commemorating the visit of Gurū Gobind Siṅgh. When Gurū Gobind Siṅgh, disguised as the Pīr of Uchch and carried in a palanquin, was passing by this village, the commander of an imperial patrol in search of him, suspecting that the Pīr might in fact be the Gurū, stopped and interrogated the party. Sayyid Pīr Muhammad of Nūrpur, who was present and who had in fact recognized the Gurū for he had once been his Persian tutor, testified that the personage inside the palanquin was a most exalted Pīr, and the party was allowed to proceed. A modest looking shrine was later established under a banyan tree where Gurū Gobind Siṅgh had stopped. The present building was raised towards the close of the nineteenth century by Nāmdhārī Sikhs from whom the Shiromaṇī Gurdwārā Parbandhak Committee acquired possession through a legal suit. The Gurdwārā, inside a walled compound is an octagon-shaped room, with the sanctum in the middle. Over the sanctum on the first floor there is a low-domed room built in the same style. In a field next to the Gurdwārā compound there is a peculiar banyan tree having pointed leaves like those of a pīpal tree. The villagers see in this peculiarity Gurū Gobind Siṅgh's own miracle.
Major Gurmukh Siṅgh (Retd.)