MIHRĀ, BHĀĪ, a resident of Bakālā, now called Bābā Bakālā in Amritsar district of the Punjab, was a devoted Sikh of the time of Gurū Hargobind. According to Gurbilās Chhevīṅ Pātshāhī , he built a new house and took a vow not to live in it until the Gurū had once sanctified it with his footsteps. He went to Amritsar and conveyed to the Gurū what he had in his mind. The Gurū's mother, Mātā Gaṅgā, recommended that Bhāī Mihrā's wish be granted. Gurū Hargobind travelled to Bakālā along with Mātā Gaṅgā, and stayed in the new house his disciple had built. After some days Mātā Gaṅgā fell ill and died on 12 June 1628 in Bhāī Mihrā's house. The site is still marked on the premises of the main gurdwārā at Bābā Bakālā. Bhāī Mihrā lived long enough to witness the annointment, on 11 August 1664, of Tegh Bahādur as the Ninth Gurū.


  1. Sohan Kavī, Gurbilās Chhevīṅ Pātshāhī. Amritsar, 1968
  2. Santokh Siṅgh, Bhāī, Srī Gur Pratāp Sūraj Granth. Amritsar, 1927-35
  3. Giān Siṅgh, Giānī, Twārīkh Gurū Khālsā. Patiālā, 1970
  4. Macauliffe, M.A., The Sikh Religion. Oxford, 1909

Bhagat Siṅgh