SHĀHĪ ṬIBBĪ, a low mound about 6 km south of Kīratpur Sāhib (31º-11'N, 76º-35'E) in Ropaṛ district of the Punjab, was the scene of a fierce battle in the time of Gurū Gobind Siṅgh. The Gurū who evacuated Anandpur on the night of 5-6 December 1705, was given a hot pursuit by the besieging host contrary to solemn assurances of safe conduct. He was following the main route to Ropaṛ. By the time he had reached near Shāhī Ṭibbī, covering a distance of about 14 km from Anandpur, he was overtaken by the pursuers. Bhāī Udai Siṅgh, one of the followers, engaged them, while the rest of the column marched on. This was a desperate rearguard action. Bhāī Udai Siṅgh and his 50 companions fought valiantly and were killed to a man.
The shrine at Shāhī Ṭibbī (lit, the Royal Mound) commemorating the heroic action is a modest one-room gurdwārā looked after by a solitary Nihaṅg.
Major Gurmukh Siṅgh (Retd.)