ḌUMELĪ, village 18 km north of Phagwāṛā (31º-14'N, 75º-46'E) in the Punjab, is sacred to Gurū Hargobind who, according to local tradition, visited here on 11 Chet 1695 Bk / 9 March 1638. The shrine raised in his honour is named Gurdwārā Thamm Sāhib Pātshāhī VI after a wooden column (thamm, in Punjabi), which, preserved as a sacred relic, is believed to have been installed by the Gurū himself. The gurdwārā, entered through a small gateway opening on a narrow lane inside the village, is a hall with a high, vaulted ceiling. The sanctum, a raised platform in the middle of the room, has the Thamm Sāhib draped in cloth in the centre with the Gurū Granth Sāhib seated on a pālakī (palanquin). The Gurdwārā is managed by the Shiromaṇī Gurdwārā Parbandhak Committee through a local committee. The major annual celebration is the birthday of Gurū Hargobind.


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

Major Gurmukh Siṅgh (Retd.)