KHIZRĀBĀD (30º-52'N, 76º-39'E), an old village in the interior of Ropaṛ district of the Punjab, claims a historical shrine, Gurdwārā Damdamā Sāhib, commemorating the visit of Gurū Gobind Siṅgh in 1688 when he was returning from Pāoṇṭā to Anandpur via Rāipur Rāṇī and Maṇī Mājrā. An old pīpal tree marks the site where the Gurū had stayed. A gurdwārā has been raised recently by the local saṅgat. Another shrine near by honours the memory of Bābā Zorāwar Siṅgh (not Sāhibzādā Zorāwar Siṅgh, the Gurū's third son). This Zorāwar Siṅgh was the son of Bhāī Natthū, a carpenter of Bassī Paṭhānāṅ. His mother being Mātā Jīto's domestic maid, he was brought up in Gurū Gobind Siṅgh's household and was held in deep affection by him. According to the Bhaṭṭ Vahīs, he was wounded in the battle of Chamkaur, but survived the injuries and escaped to Koṭlā Nihaṅg Khān and later to Khizrābād. He rejoined Gurū Gobind Siṅgh in Rājasthān and was killed in a skirmish at Chittoṛgaṛh on 6 Baisākh 1765 Bk/3 April 1708.

         The shrine at Khizrābād, called Dehrā Bābā Zorāwar Siṅgh, is an old building comprising a square sanctum, with a circumambulatory passage and wide verandah all around. The ceiling and walls of this building are painted with floral designs and murals depicting scenes from Hindu mythology. The Gurū Granth Sāhib is seated in the sanctum and an annual fair is held here from 21-23 March.


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

Major Gurmukh Siṅgh (Retd.)