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ROHTAK (28°56`N, 76°34`E), district town in Haryana, claims two historical shrines, both dedicated to Guru Tegh Bahadur. GURDWARA BANGLA SAHIB is on the northwestern outskirts of the city. Guru Tegh Bahadur stayed at this site, near a pond. A small shrine was later raised on the spot. The shrine was under Udasi priests until 1924, when a local committee of Sikhs took possession of it with official intervention and assistance.

The Udasis had permitted the construction, on the Gurdwara land, of some Hindu shrines which still exist within its compound. Since the influx of Sikh immigrants from Pakistan in 1947, the Gurdwara has undergone considerable extensions. A large hall with a verandah on three sides was added during the 1950`s. The Gurdwara is administered by a local committee, under the auspices of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee. GURDWARA MAI SAHIB.

While staying at the site now occupied by Gurdwara Barigia Sahib. Guru Tegh Bahadur visited at her request the home of a devoted old lady, who lovingly cooked a meal for him. The house thus sanctified by the Guru`s visit continued to be acknowledged as a holy place and in time became Gurdwara Mai Sahib, i.e. Gurdwara dedicated to the devout lady. It comprises a single room with a small compound in front, and is served by a grantht appointed by the local Gurdwara committee.

References :

1. Narotam, Tara Singh, Sri Guru Tirath Sangrahi. Kankhal, 1975
2. Gian Singh, Giani, Twarikh Gurduarian. Amritsar, n.d.

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