THEṚĪ, pronounced Theṛhī or Thehṛī, village 9 km west of Giddaṛbāhā (30º-12'N, 74º-39'E) in Farīdkoṭ district of the Punjab, is sacred to Gurū Gobind Siṅgh who visited it on his way from Muktsar to Talvaṇḍī Sābo in 1706. Here he humbled the pride of a yogi, Hukam Nāth, who claimed to possess occult powers. An old chronicle, Mālvā Des Raṭan dī Sākhī Pothī records an anecdote similar to the one associated with a place in Rājasthān, called Dādūdvārā. The Gurū, it says, saluted the grave of Qāsim Bhaṭṭi, a local Muslim saint, near which sat Hukam Nāth, by lowering his arrow to it. The Sikhs accompanying him at once objected, for the Gurū had himself forbidden his followers to bow before tombs and graves. They laid him under penalty, declaring him to be tankhāhīā or guilty of breach of the Sikh code. Gurū Gobind Siṅgh appreciated their vigilance, and willingly paid the fine imposed.
Gurdwārā Thehṛī Sāhib, marking the spot where the Gurū had halted close to a group of three, Jaṇḍ trees (Prosopis spicigera), was raised in 1913. It is affiliated to the Shiromaṇī Gurdwārā Parbandhak Committee and has been temporarily handed over to the followers of Sant Gurmukh Siṅgh Sevāvāle for renovation.
Major Gurmukh Siṅgh (Retd.)