SADHĀR, village in Ludhiāṇā district, 20 km north of Rāikoṭ (30º-39'N, 75º-37'E), claims a historical shrine,Gurdwārā Srī Gurū Hargobind Sāhib Pātshāhī Chhevīṅ Gurū Sar, popularly designated Gurū Sar Sadhār. Gurū Hargobind made a brief halt here during one of his tours of Mālvā country. According to local tradition, it was here that Rāi Jodh of Kāṅgaṛ village met Gurū Hargobind, though there are some historical accounts which place this meeting in Bhāī Rūpā. Rāi Jodh was a follower of Sakhī Sarwar, but his wife came of a Sikh family. On her persuasion, he came to call on the Gurū. Rāi Jodh turned a devout Sikh. Likewise, it is believed that at Sadhār a rich horse trader from Kābul, Kāroṛī by name, met Gurū Hargobind and told him how he had been robbed by the Mughal governor at Lahore of the two horses of excellent merit and beauty he was bringing as an offering for him. Bhāī Bidhī Chand later recovered these horses one by one.

        The construction of the present building at Gurū Sar Sadhār commenced in March 1956 and was completed in June 1962. It is a rectangular hall enclosing within it a square prakāsh asthān, over which there is a domed room. Inside, the hall has a gallery at mid-height. The small sarovar, Gurū Sar, adjoining the hall was reconstructed in 1964. The Gurū kā Laṅgar and residential suites are across a paved courtyard to the right as one enters. On the left are Khālsā High School and the Khālsā College of Education. The Gurdwārā is managed by Shiromaṇī Gurdwārā Parbandhak Committee through a local committee.

        In a private house inside Sadhār village, pieces of a pair of shoes are preserved as a relic. It is said that Gurū Hargobind, pleased at the devotion of one Bhāī Javandā who went about barefoot, gave him a pair of shoes. Bhāī Javandā, however, instead of putting it on placed it reverentially on his head. The gift was preserved by his descendants as a holy relic till someone in the family once used it. The elders, indignant at the sacrilegious act, cut the shoes into pieces so that no other person could use them again.


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Major Gurmukh Siṅgh (Retd.)