BASĀLĪ, village about 20 km southwest of Kīratpur (31º-11'N, 76º-35'E) in Ropaṛ district of the Punjab, has a historical shrine, Gurdwārā Gurū Chauṅkī Jhīṛā Sāhib, dedicated to Gurū Gobind Siṅgh who after the battle of Nirmohgaṛh in October 1700 stayed here for several days at the invitation of the chief of Basālī. The original shrine inside the havelī or fortified house of the chief is no longer in existence. The present complex of the Gurdwārā, south of the village, was raised in 1982. It has two separate three-storeyed domed structures and a flat-roofed hall. The Gurū Granth Sāhib is seated in one of the domed buildings, and the other contains a relic, a chaunkī or low wooden seat, believed to be the one on which Gurū Gobind Siṅgh used to sit for meditation or while preaching. The Gurdwārā is maintained by the local saṅgat, i. e. Sikh community.


  1. Tārā Siṅgh, Srī Gur Tīrath Saṅgrahi. Amritsar, n. d.
  2. Ṭhākar Siṅgh, Srī Gurduāre Darshan. Amritsar, 1923

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