SAHEṚĪ, originally called Kheṛī, is a village about 2 km west of Moriṇḍā (30º-47'N, 76º-29'E) in Ropaṛ district of the Punjab. The village was destroyed by Bandā Siṅgh Bahādur in 1710, and the habitation that reappeared upon its ruins dropped the old name because of its dismal associations and adopted the new name of Saheṛī. It was at Kheṛī that Mātā Gujarī and her two young grandsons, Zorāwar Siṅgh and Fateh Siṅgh, aged 9 and 7 respectively, were betrayed to their captors. Separated from the main column as Gurū Gobind Siṅgh crossed the rivulet Sarsā, then in spate, on the night of 5-6 December 1705, they were escorted by their cook, Gaṅgū, to his house at Kheṛī. The travel being hazardous and slow, they reached their destination only on the night of 6-7 December. As they were resting in the attic, the host purloined Mātā Gujarī's saddle-bag containing cash and valuables. In hope of a reward from the government for having Gurū Gobind Siṅgh's mother and two of his sons seized, he spied on them, through the village headman, to Jānī Khān and Mānī Khān, Raṅghaṛ officials at Moriṇḍā. Zorāwar Siṅgh and Fateh Siṅgh were taken into custody and despatched to Sirhind where they met a cruel fate on 13 Poh 1762 Bk/ 12 December 1705.
There are three gurdwārās in Saheṛī. The one on the site of Gaṅgū's house is a double-storeyed domed building inside the village. The Gurū Granth Sāhib is seated on the first floor, while the hall on the ground floor is used for bigger gatherings on special occasions. The second gurdwārā, outside the village, marks the spot where, it is believed, Mātā Gujarī and her grand children were handed over to the officers.
These two gurdwārās are managed by the village saṅgat but the third one, which is located half a kilometre away in the fields, is under the Shiromaṇī Gurdwārā Parbandhak Committee. It is said that, while escorting Mātājī and the children during the dark night, Gaṅgū lost his way, and, bypassing Kheṛī, walked towards the village of Raṅgīā. Discovering his error, he had Mātā Gujarī and the Sāhibzādās wait in a mango-grove until he had worked out the correct route to his village. The present gurdwārā marks the site of the mango-grove.
Major Gurmukh Siṅgh (Retd.)