ṬHAṬṬĀ, a small village 10 km west of Kapūrthalā (31º-22'N, 75º-22'E) in the Punjab, has a historical shrine, Gurdwārā Damdamā Sāhib, commemorating the visit of Gurū Nānak. According to local tradition, Gurū Nānak and the guests who constituted his marriage party, on their way from Sultānpur Lodhī to Baṭālā in 1487, made their first day's halt here. Hence the name of Gurdwārā, Damdamā, in Punjabi meaning a resting place. Bābā Bīr Siṅgh of Nauraṅgābād (d.1844), celebrated Sikh saint of early nineteenth century, is said to have served the shrine for some time. The construction of the present complex was commenced by Sant Kartār Siṅgh of Goindvāl in 1958 when a mosaic-floored square hall, was added to the older building raised in 1919. A new three-storeyed domed building and residential block were completed by 1984. The Gurdwārā is managed by Sant Kartār Siṅgh. Besides the daily services and observance of major Sikh anniversaries, a religious fair is held on 27 Baisākh (May) every year.


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