DHAULĀ, village 11 km southwest of Barnālā (30º-23'N, 75º-34'E) in Saṅgrūr district of the Punjab, has two historical shrines, both dedicated to Gurū Tegh Bahādur. According to tradition, Gurū Tegh Bahādur riding from Haḍiāyā to Dhaulā arrived at the boundary between the two villages when his horse suddenly stopped. No amount of coaxing or spurring could make him go forward and enter the fields of Dhaulā. The Gurū explained to the Sikhs in his train that the Dhālīvāls of Dhaulā were not yet ready to receive him. "They will come round in time, " he remarked. He then turned west and arrived at the ḍhāb, or pond, of Sohīvāl where he made his ablutions.

        GURDWĀRĀ AṚĪSAR, 2 km north of Dhaulā by a sandy cart track, marks the spot where the Gurū's horse had stubbornly stopped (aṛī in Punjabi means an act of stubbornness). The Gurdwārā comprises a 5-metre square sanctum and a suite of rooms for the granthī. It is affiliated to the Shiromaṇī Gurdwārā Parbandhak Committee and is administered by the manager of Gurdwārā Gurū Sar Pakkā at Haḍiāyā. Special dīvāns take place on the full-moon day every month.

        GURDWĀRĀ SĀHIB PĀTSHĀHĪ NAUMĪ SOHĪVĀL, locally called Sohīāṇā Sāhib, stands on a low mound. It consists of a memorial platform on the first floor of a domed building. The Gurū Granth Sāhib is seated in a hall near by. The old ḍhāb has been lined and converted into a sarovar, holy tank. This Gurdwārā is also attached for administration to Gurdwārā Gurū Sar Pakkā at Haḍiāyā.


    Mālvā Desh Raṭan dī Sākhī Pothī. Amritsar, 1968

Major Gurmukh Siṅgh (Retd.)