TALVĀṚĀ, locally known as Rāmpur-Talvāṛā because of its close proximity to a village called Rāmpur, lies near Srī Hargobindpur (31º-41'N, 75º-29'E) in Gurdāspur district of the Punjab. It claims a historical shrine, Gurdwārā Damdamā Sāhib, dedicated to Gurū Hargobind, who is said to have preached here after the battle of Ruhelā, as Srī Hargobindpur was then called. The Gurdwārā has a domed sanctum, octagonal in shape, in the middle of a walled compound entered through a two-storeyed gateway, with residential suites on either side. A rectangular hall was constructed near the sanctum in 1928. The Gurū Granth Sāhib is seated in this hall too. A 60-metre square sarovar is close to the Gurdwārā compound, to the east of it. The Gurdwārā is affiliated to the Shiromaṇī Gurdwārā Parbandhak Committee, but is presently administered by Nihaṅg Siṅghs. Annual fairs are held to celebrate Holā Mohallā and Baisākhī.
Major Gurmukh Siṅgh (Retd.)