MADDAR, village five kilometre north of Balloke headworks in Pakistan, was known to Sikhs in pre-partition Punjab for its Gurdwārā Sachchī Mañjī and some relics of the Gurūs it claimed to preserve. One of these was a cot (mañjī, in Punjabi; after which the Gurdwārā was named), said to have been used by Gurū Nānak at the time of his visit to the village. Another was one of the pair of Gurū Amar Dās’ shoes kept in the house of Bhāī Chainā Mall, also known as Pero Mall. Some of Chainā Mall's descendant went to live in another village Dhunnī, near Hāfizābād, in Gujrāṅwālā district, splitting the pair between the two villages. The third relic was a wooden staff which Gurū Arjan during his visit to Maddar had, at their request, bestowed on his devotees. Gurdwārā Sachchī Mañjī was abandoned at the time of migrations caused by the partition of the Punjab in 1947.


    Khan Mohammad Waliullah Khan, Sikh Shrines in West Pakistan. Karachi, 1962

Major Gurmukh Siṅgh (Retd.)