GODAṚĪĀ, BHĀĪ, a saintly person who usually carried a godaṛī or padded wrapping around his person (from which he derived his name), was always repeating God's name and was ever ready to do any act of selfless service. According to Mālvā Desh Raṭan dī Sākhī Pothī, a legend grew that whatever he casually uttered came to pass. After serving Bhāī Gaurā, son of the celebrated Bhāī Bhagatū for some time, Godaṛīā became a wandering sādhū, a godaṛī and a gandhālā, a spear-like digging tool, his only possessions, and his favourite pastime being the planting of shady trees. He met Gurū Gobind Siṅgh at Bhuchcho, now in Baṭhiṇḍā district, in 1706 and became a disciple. He presented himself again at Talvaṇḍī Sābo in October 1706 when the Gurū was preparing to leave for the South.


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  2. Kuir Siṅgh, Gurbilās Pātshāhī 10. Patiala, 1968
  3. Padam, Piārā Siṅgh, and Giānī Garjā Siṅgh, eds. Gurū kīāṅ Sākhīāṅ. Patiala, 1986

Piārā Siṅgh Padam