CHHATTIĀṆĀ, village 14 km north of Giddaṛbāhā (32º-12'N, 74º-39'E) in Farīdkoṭ district of the Punjab, claims an historical shrine, Gurdwārā Guptsar, sacred to Gurū Gobind Siṅgh who visited here after the battle of Muktsar (1706). Here warriors of the Brāṛ clan received payment for the services they had rendered to the Gurū. One who declined was Bhāī Dān Siṅgh. To quote an old chronicle, Mālvā Desh Raṭan dī Sākhī Pothī, "Bestow on me sīkkhī (the Sikh faith), if you please; I have no other desire, " begged he. The Gurū administered to him the rites of initiation. There was also a Muslim recluse, Ibrāhīm, who lived atop a sandy mound near by and was admitted to the Khālsā fold. He was renamed Ajmer Siṅgh after initiation.

         Gurdwārā Guptsar, reconstructed during the 1970's, is a high-ceilinged hall with the sanctum at the far end. Above the sanctum are two storeys of square pavilions topped by a lotus dome with an electroplated pinnacle. To the east of the hall is the sarovar (holy tank) and to the south the Gurū kā Laṅgar (community kitchen) and a row of residential rooms. The Gurdwārā owns eight acres of farming land and is controlled by the Shiromaṇī Gurdwārā Parbandhak Committee.


  1. Tārā Siṅgh, Srī Gur Tīrath Saṅgrahi Amritsar, n. d.
  2. Ṭhākar Siṅgh, Giānī, Srī Gurduāre Darshan. Amritsar, 1928

Major Gurmukh Siṅgh (Retd.)