CHŪHAṚVĀL, village 11 km west of Chamkaur Sāhib (30º - 53'N, 76º - 25'E), has a gurdwārā called Jhāṛ Sāhib, dedicated to Gurū Gobind Siṅgh, who quitting Chamkaur on the night of 7 December 1705, reached this spot. In a cluster of thorny bushes (Jhāṛ) here, he relaxed for a while before resuming his journey further west. A shrine was later established to mark the site. A land grant of 75 bighās, made to it by Mahārājā Raṇjīt Siṅgh, has been continued by successive governments. The old building has, however, been replaced by a new complex constructed during the fifties of the present century, under the supervision of Sant Piārā Siṅgh.

         The central three-storeyed building is on a raised plinth and has a square hall on the ground floor, with the sanctum in the centre. The roof is decorated with domed pavilions at corners and at mid-points of the walls. There are halls on the first and second floors as well. The domes at different levels have ornamental gilded pinnacles. Further to the west is a small sarovar, i. e. holy tank. A row of rooms to the north houses the Khālsā girls college. Another component of the complex is a hall raised on the spot where Sant Piāra Siṅgh, who died on 7 August 1965, was cremated.

         Gurdwārā Jhāṛ Sāhib is controlled by the Shiromaṇī Gurdwārā Parbandhak Committee through a managing committee functioning at Māchhīvāṛā.


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

Major Gurmukh Siṅgh (Retd.)