HARĪPURĀ, an old village 15 km west of Abohar (30º-8'N, 74º-12'E) in Fīrozpur district of the Punjab, is sacred to Gurū Nānak and Gurū Gobind Siṅgh. A deep pool of water to the north of the village was an ancient place of pilgrimage known as Baḍ Tīrath. Gurū Nānak had visited it during his travels in the region. So did Gurū Gobind Siṅgh in 1706 soon after the battle of Muktsar.Gurdwārā Charan Pāk Pātshāhī I on the bank of the Baḍ Tīrath was established in 1876. The present building was constructed in February March 1947 when the pool was also lined. The Gurū Granth Sāhib is seated on a platform at the far end of a flat-roofed rectangular hall. The Gurdwārā is affiliated to the Shiromaṇī Gurdwārā Parbandhak Committee. There are very few Sikh families in Harīpurā itself, but Sikh and non-Sikh devotees from the surrounding villages gather on every new moon to have a dīp in the sacred pool and hold a dīvān. Larger gatherings take place on the new-moon day in Phāgun (January -February) and on the full-moon day of Kattak to mark the birth anniversary of Gurū Nānak.


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

Major Gurmukh Siṅgh (Retd.)