OṬHĪĀṄ, a village 6 km north of Baṭālā (31º -49'N, 75º-12'E) in Gurdāspur district of the Punjab, is sacred to Gurū Arjan, who halted here during his journey to Bāraṭh to see Bābā Srī Chand. The Gurdwārā commemorating his visit comprises a small domed octagonal Mañjī Sāhib, with a verandah in front and several ancillary rooms within a walled compound. The water of an old eight-cornered well outside the compound is believed by the devotees to possess medicinal properties for curing certain diseases. The Gurdwārā owns 93 acres of land and is affiliated to the Shiromaṇī Gurdwārā Parbandhak Committee. Gatherings take place on Sunday and on amāvasyā (last day of the dark half of the month). A special day on the annual calendar is the anniversary of the martyrdom of Gurū Arjan. A sarovar has recently been dug, across the approach road, by the followers of Sant Gurmukh Siṅgh.
Major Gurmukh Siṅgh (Retd.)