KOṬ DHARMŪ, village 13 km south of the district town Mānsā (29º-59'N, 75º-23'E), in the Punjab, has a historical shrine, Gurdwārā Sūlīsar Sāhib Pātshāhī Nauvīṅ, commemorating the visit of Gurū Tegh Bahādur. According to the Sākhī Pothī, Gurū Tegh Bahādur stopped here near a pool on his way back from Talvaṇḍī Sābo. During the night two thieves broke into the camp and stole the Gurū's horse. But as they led the animal away, they felt they could see nothing. They were thus easily apprehended by the Sikhs the next morning. Brought before the Gurū, they confessed their misdeed. Gurū Tegh Bahādur said, "Why did you come to steal during the night? Take what you desire now." But the thieves overcome by remorse replied, "Our only wish now is to take the punishment in accordance with our deserts." As they were passing through a thorny thicket over a mound near by, one of them killed himself running against a dry splintered branch of jaṇḍ tree (Prosopis spicigera). Devotees later established a memorial platform and called the place Sūlīsar (sūlī in Punjabi means a cross or a stake). A small Mañjī Sāhib subsequently constructed over this platform still exists. Here is seated Gurū Granth Sāhib. Special gatherings take place on the tenth of the brighter half of each lunar month as well as on the first of every Bikramī month. An annual fair is held on the last day of Poh (mid-January). The Gurdwārā is affiliated to the Shiromaṇī Gurdwārā Parbandhak Committee. A grand new building has come up since.


  1. Mālvā Desh Raṭan dī Sākhī Pothī. Amritsar, 1968
  2. Tārā Siṅgh, Srī Guru Tīrath Saṅgrahi. Kankhal, 1975.

Major Gurmukh Siṅgh (Retd.)