BĀJAK, village 30 km southwest of Baṭhiṇḍā (30º-14'N, 74º-59'E), is sacred to Gurū Gobind Siṅgh, who visited it in 1706. The villagers turned out with pitchers full of milk to serve him as he arrived. However, Sukkhū and Buddhū, two sādhūs of the Dīvānā sect, came intent upon reprisal for the death of one of their group fatally wounded in an encounter with a Sikh. But as soon as their eyes fell on the Gurū, anger was gone out of their hearts. They, says the Sākhī Pothī, made obeisance before him and carried him in a palanquin for some distance as he departed.

        GURDWĀRĀ PĀTSHĀHĪ 10, commemorating Gurū Gobind Siṅgh's visit, is at the south-western edge of the village. In the middle of a walled compound, entered through a gateway with rooms on either side, is the 8 metre square dīvān hall in front of the flat-roofed sanctum. The 60-metre square sarovar is at the back in a separate compound. A local committee administers the Gurdwārā under the auspices of the Shiromaṇī Gurdwārā Parbandhak Committee. Besides the daily services, special congregations take place on every new-moon day and on all major Sikh anniversaries.


  1. Ṭhākar Siṅgh, Giānī, Srī Gurduāre Darshan. Amritsar, 1923
  2. Mālvā Desh Raṭan di Sākhī Pothī. Amritsar, 1968

Major Gurmukh Siṅgh (Retd.)