TULAMBĀ, commonly pronounced Talumbhā, an ancient site now also known as Makhdūmpur, a rail/road station along the Lahore-Multān highway in Multān district of Pakistan, was where Gurū Nānak met Shaikh Sajjan, who, according to the Janam Sākhī tradition, was a thug living in apparent piety. Sajjan maintained a mosque as well as a temple for use by Muslim and Hindu travellers and seemed to welcome anyone for a night's lodging and meal. Many unsuspecting wayfarers gratefully accepted his hospitality and fell into the trap laid out by Sajjan, who to rob them of their goods strangulated them during the night. As Gurū Nānak travelling through southwest Punjab once arrived at his house on the highway, he welcomed him with his customary courtesy, but all cunning thoughts soon vanished from his heart. He bowed at the Gurū's feet and turned a disciple, giving away all the goods sinfully gathered. Sajjan converted his house into a dharamsālā, i.e, a place of religious assembly, and became a zealous disseminator of Gurū Nānak’s teaching. Later, Bhāī Jodh, a Sikh of the time of Gurū Har Rāi (1630-61), who preached the Sikh faith in this area, made Tulambā his centre. His descendants raised a gurdwārā here in 1913, but it had to be abandoned during the1947 exodus caused by partition.


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  2. Santokh Siṅgh, Bhāī, Srī Gur Pratāp Sūraj Granth. Amritsar, 1927-35
  3. Vīr Siṅgh, Bhāī, ed., Purātan Janam Sākhī. Amritsar, 1971

Major Gurmukh Siṅgh (Retd.)