GAHAL (locally pronounced Gailh), village on the right bank of the Baṭhiṇḍā branch of Sirhind Canal, 30 km north of Barnālā (30º-22'N, 75º-32'E) in Saṅgrūr district of the Punjab, is sacred to Gurū Har Rāi (1630-61), who once made a brief halt here during his travels in the Mālvā country. Gurdwārā Srī Gurū Har Rāi Sāhib Pātshāhī VII, situated in a spacious compound in the northeastern part of the village, comprises a square sanctum, with a domed room above it and a hall in front. The Gurdwārā is endowed with landed property and is administered by the Shiromaṇī Gurdwārā Parbandhak Committee through a local committee.

         During the Vaḍḍā Ghallūghārā or the Great Holocaust of 5 February 1762, the badly mauled, yet unvanquished, Sikh column is said to have passed through Gahal on its way to Barnālā. A memorial shrine in honour of the Ghallūghārā martyrs has been raised in the Gurdwārā compound. Sant Channaṇ Siṅgh, president of the Shiromaṇī Gurdwārā Parbandhak Committee, laid, on 22 February 1967, the cornerstone of the building which was completed in May 1971.


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

Major Gurmukh Siṅgh (Retd.)