KHĪVĀ KALĀṄ, village 6 km north of Bhīkhī (30º-3'N, 75º-33'E) in Mānsā district of the Punjab, is sacred to Gurū Tegh Bahādur who passed through here during one of his journeys across the countryside. The villagers with the exception of a farmer, Siṅghā by name, did not pay any attention to the holy visitor. Siṅghā offered his services, supplied the Gurū's camp with firewood and cooking utensils as well as with forage for the animals. A shrine was established later to mark the site where Gurū Tegh Bahādur had camped. The present Gurdwārā Srī Gurū Tegh Bahādur Sāhib Pātshāhī IX stands in a 50-metre square brick-paved compound, with the sanctum on a high plinth. The building is topped by a four-cornered dome. The Gurdwārā owns 80 acres of land and is managed by the Shiromaṇī Gurdwārā Parbandhak Committee through a local committee. Besides the daily worship and the celebration of major Sikh anniversaries, religious gatherings take place on the first of every Bikramī month.


  1. Giān Siṅgh, Giānī, Twārīkh Gurduāriāṅ. Amritsar, n.d.
  2. Tārā Siṅgh, Srī Guru Tīrath Saṅgrahi. Kankhal, 1975

Major Gurmukh Siṅgh (Retd.)