MALLĀ, village 13 km east of Jaito (30º-26'N, 74º-53'E) in Farīdkoṭ district of the Punjab, is sacred to Gurū Hargobind, whose daughter Bībī Vīro was married to Bhāī Sādhū, an inhabitant of this village. According to local tradition, Gurū Hargobind himself passed through the village during his travels in the Mālvā country in 1631-34, staying here for three days. Bhaṭṭ chronicle, Gurū kīāṅ Sākhīāṅ, records that Gurū Tegh Bahādur, after his return from the eastern provinces in 1670, also came here to see his sister, Bībī Vīro. Folk memory, however, has not preserved this latter visit. The historical shrine, a flat-roofed hall, formerly known as Chauntrā Sāhib, has been renamed Gurdwārā Chhevīṅ Pātshāhī Gurū Hargobind Sāhib by Nihaṅgs of the Taruṇā Dal who manage it. Besides the daily Sikh services, special gatherings take place on Baisākhī (mid-April) marking the birthday of the Khālsā.
Major Gurmukh Siṅgh (Retd.)