CHHOTA MIRZAPUR, a village in Mirzapur district of Uttar Pradesh, 18 km south of Varanasi (25 20`N, 82 58`E), is sacred to Guru Gobind Singh. He broke journey at Chhota Mirzapur while travelling as a child from Patna, his birthplace, to the Punjab. A Sikh sangat developed here in course of time. The present Gurdwara constructed recently on the site of an older one is, however, named Gurdwara Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur, Navami Patshahi, perhaps because at the time of his visit, Guru Gobind Singh had not yet been anointed Guru and the party travelling was only remembered as the family of the Ninth Guru, Guru Tegh Bahadur. Bhai Musa Singh, a native Sikh and head of the only Sikh family in the village, looks after the Gurdwara.
1. Tara Singh, Sri Gur Tirath Sangrahi. Amritsar, n.d.
2. Thakar Singh, Giani, 5r; Gurduare Darshan. Amritsar, 1928