BUṄGĀ, 5 km south of Kīratpur Sāhib (31º-10'N, 76º-35'E) in Ropaṛ district of the Punjab, claims a historical shrine Gurdwārā Buṅgā Sāhib, also called Chubachchā Sāhib, dedicated to Gurū Har Rāi. Gurū Har Rāi, Nānak VII, complying with his predecessor's instruction, continued to maintain at Kīratpur a body of armed Sikhs, 2, 200 strong. Buṅgā was the place where their horses were kept. At the back of the Gurdwārā, there is a row of rooms one of which has within it a square pit symbolizing the original Chubachchā or trough where the horse feed was mixed. From this the shrine came to be called Chubachchā Sāhib.

         The main building of the shrine stands on a high base, about 10 metres above the level of the canal bank. A double-storeyed gateway opens out on the main hall. At the eastern end of the hall is the sanctum, a square room with a circumambulatory passage around it. The Gurdwārā is managed by the Shiromaṇī Gurdwārā Parbandhak Committee through a local committee. Besides the morning and evening services, all the important religious anniversaries on the Sikh calendar are observed when largely attended congregations take place.


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

Jagjīt Siṅgh