BHAIṆĪ BĀGHĀ, an old village 10 km north of the district town of Mānsā (29º-59'N, 75º-23'E) in the Punjab, has a historical shrine, Gurdwārā Rakābsar Pātshāhī Nauvīṅ. It is said that as Gurū Tegh Bahādur was proceeding from Khiālā towards Dikkh, a strap of the saddle stirrup, rakāb in Punjabi, broke. He stopped to get the stirrup mended by the village cobbler. A memorial in the shape of a platform was raised to mark the spot where the Gurū had alighted and sat. Later, a room was built by the side of the platform and the Gurū Granth Sāhib installed in it. The present building, constructed in the 1970's, replaced both. Standing in a corner of a 2-acre enclosure, it comprises a domed sanctum inside a square hall. The Gurdwārā owns seven acres of land. The Shiromaṇī Gurdwārā Parbandhak Committee has acquired the legal right to administer it, but the village saṅgat (Sikh community) continues to manage it through a five member committee.


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

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