ḌHILVĀṄ, village 25 km from Barnālā (30º-23'N, 75º-34'E), is sacred to Gurū Tegh Bahādur, who, according to local tradition, stayed here for several months in the course of one of his journeys across the Mālvā country. Large numbers of people in the area were converted to his teaching. Gurdwārā Pātshāhī Nauvīṅ, commemorating his visit, is on the southeastern outskirts of the village. The building comprises Tap Asthān, seat of meditation, marking the site where Gurū Tegh Bahādur used to sit in contemplation, a dīvān hall and the Gurū kā Laṅgar. The Tap Asthān, a square domed room on a plinth, contains only a platform, reverently covered with a fabric length. The Gurū Granth Sāhib is seated under a canopy in the middle of the hall. The Gurdwārā owns 55 acres of land and is managed by the Shiromaṇī Gurdwārā Parbandhak Committee. Besides the daily services and major Sikh anniversaries, solar eclipses are, marked by special celebration.


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

Major Gurmukh Siṅgh (Retd.)