CHHOṬĀ MĀRVĀ, a village about 6 km to the west of Bilāspur in Ambālā district of Haryānā, has a historical shrine known as Gurdwārā Golpur Sāhib dedicated to Gurū Gobind Siṅgh. While at Kapāl Mochan near Bilāspur in 1688, Gurū Gobind Siṅgh often went out on the chase. During one such excursion, his hawk named Gollā strayed and perched on the top of a tree in this village. Some Sikhs followed and tried to induce the hawk to return but the bird would not respond. Ultimately, the Gurū himself went and called the hawk using endearing names, "Gollā, Bhollā, " and asking it not to turn away from his master. The hawk immediately came down and alighted on the Gurū's wrist. A small Mañjī Sāhib, a domed hut hardly three metres across, constructed in memory of Gurū Gobind Siṅgh's visit and named after his hawk, still exists in an orchard half a kilometre northeast of the village. Inside is seated the Gurū Granth Sāhib. A square dīvān hall, with a wide verandah in the front, was added during the late 1970's. Birthday anniversary of Gurū Gobind Siṅgh is celebrated on a large scale. Devotees gather from the surrounding villages, there being very few Sikh families in Chhoṭā Mārvā itself.

Major Gurmukh Siṅgh (Retd.)