SRĪ GUR TĪRATH SAṄGRAHI (Srī = honoured ; gur= Gurūs of the Sikh faith; tīrath = places of pilgrimage ; saṅgrahi = collection) by Paṇḍit Tārā Siṅgh Narotam, lists places across the country hallowed by the visits of the Gurūs and their families. The work, written in Gurmukhī script was completed in 1940 Bk/AD 1883 and published by Bhāī Būṭā Siṅgh Pratāp Siṅgh, Amritsar. It is a pioneer work in this genre and gives the geographical location of each shrine, its religious and historical importance and the name of the sect to which its principal priest or custodian at that time belonged. In his Introduction to the book, the author stresses how important for a Sikh it was to visit these places of pilgrimage and what moral and spiritual benefits accrued from such visits. The first part of the book covers a total of 501 shrines, all in memory of the Gurūs ---64 commemorating Gurū Nānak, 7 Gurū Aṅgad, 11 Gurū Amar Dās, 9 Gurū Rām Dās, 33 Gurū Arjan, 79 Gurū Hargobind, 26 Gurū Har Rāi, 5 Gurū Harkrishan,100 Gurū Tegh Bahādur and 167 Gurū Gobind Siṅgh. This is followed by shrines in honour of the sons of the Gurūs (pp.167-190), the Gurūs' wives (pp.191-218) and important Sikhs connected with the Gurūs (pp. 219-231). Then there are small sections one each on Sikh relics and their location (pp. 232-35); the explanation of a verse by Gurū Nānak (āvan aṭhatarai jāni stānvai) (GG, 723) analysing it in the historical context (pp. 236-43); the jathedārs or leaders of the Sikh misls or chiefship (pp. 243-49); and on how to proceed on a pilgrimage (pp. 249-72). To locate these places of Sikh sanctity, Tārā Siṅgh Narotam travelled extensively. The book carries the imprint of Tārā Siṅgh's Nirmalā orientation and countenances at places ideas and practice contrary to the Sikh one". One of the examples is his advocacy of the wearing of the janeū, sacred thread of the upper caste Hindus, rejected by the Gurūs.


  1. Shergill, Surindar Siṅgh, Paṇḍat Tārā Siṅgh Narotam : Jīvan te Rachnā. Patiala, 1985
  2. Narotam, Tārā Siṅgh, Srī Gurū Tīrath Saṅgrahi. Kankhal,1975

Dharam Siṅgh