KANECH, village 20 km southeast of Ludhiāṇā (30º-54'N, 75º-52'E), has a historical Gurdwārā called Mañjī Sāhib Pātshāhī Dasvīṅ. Gurū Gobind Siṅgh stopped in this village for a short time in the course of his journey from Māchhīvāṛā into interior of Mālvā in December 1705. He was still disguised as the Pīr of Uchch. As a local farmer, Fattā by name, came to pay homage and offered to render any service he would command, the Gurū asked him to lend him a horse. Fattā went home and brought a gaunt mare. The Gurū rejected it and said that nothing except his best horse would do. Fattā evaded the Gurū's bidding by making a false excuse that the horse had been taken away by his son-in-law. The Gurū smiled and resumed his journey in the palanquin; but when Fattā returned home, he found that his horse had died of a snakebite.

         A Mañjī Sāhib established later to commemorate the Gurū's visit has since been replaced by a larger building. It comprises a rectangular hall, with the sanctum within and a verandah around it. There is a domed square room above the sanctum. The Gurdwārā, on the top of a mound, is administered by the Shiromaṇī Gurdwārā Parbandhak Committee through a village committee.


    Giān Siṅgh, Giānī, Twārīkh Gurduāriāṅ. Amritsar, n.d.

Major Gurmukh Siṅgh (Retd.)