KHEḌĀ, BHĀĪ, a Brāhmaṇ resident of Khem Karan, in present-day Amritsar district, was a devout Sikh of the time of Gurū Amar Dās. According to Sarūp Dās Bhallā, Mahimā Prakāsh, Kheḍā was initially a staunch worshipper of the goddess Durgā and regularly went on pilgrimage to Javālāmukhī. Once, on his way to the temple, he broke journey at Goindvāl to wait on Gurū Amar Dās. However, as he learnt about the Gurū's injunction that visitors must partake of food in the community kitchen before seeing him, he, proud of his caste, refused to comply and resumed his journey without seeing the Gurū. But soon after, says the chronicler, the goddess appeared to him in a vision and admonished him for turning away from Gurū Amar Dās. Kheḍā retraced his steps to Goindvāl, ate in the Gurū kā Laṅgar and proceeded to bow at the Gurū's feet. He became a disciple and earned the Gurū's blessing by his devotion. The Gurū appointed him head of a mañjī or preaching district. His successors built in his memory a shrine at Khem Karan which was destroyed in the Indo-Pakistan war of 1965.


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