KIDĀRĀ, BHĀĪ, an inhabitant of the village of Maddar, now in Sheikhūpurā district of Pakistan, was a devout Sikh of the time of Gurū Arjan. He was, according to the tradition preserved in his village, miraculously cured of a wasting disease. The story was, as says Bhāī Santokh Siṅgh, Srī Gur Pratāp Sūraj Granth, related by one Bhāī Māṇik of Maddar to Gurū Hargobind at the time of his visit to the village while returning from Kashmīr around 1620. Gurū Hargobind was told that Gurū Arjan had once visited the village and Bhāī Kidārā was one of the local Sikhs who came to offer obeisance. Bhāī Gurdās discovered that he had a swollen and festering neck. Bhāī Kidārā told him that he had long been suffering from scrofula which had not responded to any treatment, and that despaired of recovery, he had given up having any treatment. On Bhāī Gurdās' suggestion, Bhāī Kidārā took hold of one of the shoes of the sleeping Gurū and rubbed it around his neck. The disesase, continues Srī Gur Pratāp Sūraj Granth, disappeared. As Gurū Arjan awoke he pushed his pair of shoes with his walking stick towards Bhāī Kidārā and bestowed both the shoes and the stick on him. The relics were preserved in the village. The story is also contained in an earlier source, Gurbilās Chhevīṅ Pātshāhī.


  1. Gurbilās Chhevīṅ Pātshāhī. Patiala, 1970
  2. Santokh Siṅgh, Bhāī, Srī Gur Pratāp Sūraj Granth. Amritsar, 1927-33

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