'ALĪ SHER, village 18 km north of Mānsā (29º-59'N, 75º-23'E) in Bathiṇḍā district of the Punjab, was visited by Gurū Tegh Bahādur during his travels in the Mālvā region. Arriving from Pandher, he sat outside the village. The pañchāyat, or village elders, of Pandher, who had shown little attention to him in their own village, on realizing their error came to 'Alī Sher to ask for pardon. They brought with them offerings of guṛ (jaggery) and money. On the way they met a person who was returning after seeing the Gurū. They asked his advice as to what offerings they might present to the Gurū to have their lapse condoned. He replied, "None. The Gurū is compassionate. He overlooks the faults of others. " The residents of Pandher distributed amongst themselves the guṛ and money they had brought, and went to the Gurū empty handed. The Gurū instructed them in the path of virtue and honest living.

        The shrine established in memory of Gurū Tegh Bahādur was developed into a proper gurdwārā during the nineteenth century and was endowed by the rulers of Paṭiālā in whose territory 'Alī Sher lay. The Gurdwārā now owns 12 acres of land and is administered by the Shiromaṇī Gurdwārā Parbandhak Committee.


  1. Ṭhākar Siṅgh, Giānī, Srī Gurduāre Darshan. Amritsar, 1923
  2. Tārā Singh, Srī Gur Tīrath Saṅgrahi. Amritsar, n. d.
  3. Mālvā Desh Raṭan dī Sākhī Pothī. Amritsar, 1968
  4. Harbans Singh, Guru Tegh Bahadur. Delhi, 1982

Jagjīt Siṅgh