MĀLDĀ (25º-7'N, 88º-11'E), a district town of West Bengal situated on the banks of the River Mahānandā, is sacred to both Gurū Nānak and Gurū Tegh Bahādur, who visited it in the course of their travels through the eastern region. A Sikh shrine once existed here in Sārbārī area of Old Māldā, but with the development of new Māldā town across the river, Old Māldā declined in importance and population, and all that was left of the Sikh shrine was a site with an old well and two platforms, one dedicated to the First Gurū and the second to the Ninth Gurū. Native Sikhs from the neighbouring Purneā (now Kaṭihār) district of Bihār used to assemble here once in an year to celebrate the birthday of Gurū Nānak. In the mid-1970's efforts were initiated to reconstruct the gurdwārā.

         The shrine is now called Srī Prayāg Sāhib, Sārbārī, Old Māldā, though an old marble slab, acquired from Bihārī Sikhs and kept in Gurdwārā Siṅgh Sabhā, describes it as Gurdwārā Nīmā Sarāi, Srī Gurū Tegh Bahādur, Old Māldā.


  1. Giān Siṅgh, Giānī, Twārī kh Gurduariāṅ. Amritsar, n.d.
  2. Narotam, Tārā Siṅgh, Srī Gurū Tīrath Saṅgrahi. Kankhal, 1975

Major Gurmukh Siṅgh (Retd.)