NĀRĀYAṆĀ, well-known centre, Dādū Dvārā, of the Dādūpanthī sect of sādhūs founded by saint Dādū (1544-1603) of the Bhaktī movement, half a kilometre from Nārāiṇā Railway station and 71 km from Ajmer (26º-27'N, 74º-42'E). Gurū Gobind Siṅgh visited this Dādū Dvārā in the course of his travels through Rājasthān in 1706. He was received by Mahant Jait Rām, then head of the cloister. The Gurū saluted the samādh of Dādū with his arrow to which the Sikhs took exception. They said that this was contrary to his own teaching which forbade the Sikhs to bow before idols, graves and samādhs. The Gurū explained that he had done it intentionally in order to test whether his Sikhs were vigilant enough to ensure strict observance of Sikh rules of conduct by all, high and low. The Sikhs imposed a fine on the Gurū for this breach of religious discipline which the Gurū readily paid. A platform called Thaṛā Sāhib was later constructed around the group of three banyan trees consecrated by the Gurū's brief sojourn under them. It is a marble-topped stone structure just outside the entrance to the Dādūpanthī temple.
Major Gurmukh Siṅgh (Retd.)