GHANAULĀ, an old village 10 km north of Ropaṛ (30º58'N, 76º31'E) in the Punjab, used to be the headquarters of a parganah in Mughal times. It claims a historical shrine which commemorates the visit of Gurū Gobind Siṅgh in 1688 while he was returning from Pāoṇṭā to Anandpur. He again passed through Ghanaulā on 6 December 1705 while proceeding to Koṭlā Nihaṅg Khān en route to Chamkaur. The Gurdwārā, a modestlooking singleroom structure on the top of a mound near an old fortress, is looked after by the village saṅgat.


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

Major Gurmukh Siṅgh (Retd.)