KOṬ BHĀĪ, village 7 km northeast of Giddaṛbāhā (30º-12'N, 74º-39'E) in Farīdkoṭ district of the Punjab, is named after Bhāī Bhagatū, a devout Sikh who served the Fifth, Sixth and the Seventh Gurūs. When Gurū Gobind Siṅgh (1664-1708) visited the village in 1706, two bāṇīās, i.e. shopkeepers-cum-moneylenders, Raṅgī and Ghummī by name, served him with devotion and begged to be initiated into the order of the Khālsā. There are two gurdwārās commemorating the Gurū's visit-one inside the village where those two Sikhs resided, and the other on the eastern end of the village marking the site where Gurū Gobind Siṅgh had camped. Both shrines are controlled by the Shiromaṇī Gurdwārā Parbandhak Committee through a local committee.


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

Major Gurmukh Siṅgh (Retd.)