BAMBELI (also referred to locally as DuggBambeli because of its proximity to another village called Dugg), 12 km north of Phagwara (31Â°, 14`N, 75Â° 46`E) in the Punjab, is sacred to Guru Har Rai who visited here during one of his journeys between Kartarpur and Kiratpur. Gurdwara Chaunta Sahib Patshahi VII, near the confluence of two chos or seasonal streams to the northwest of the village, marks the site where the Guru had halted and sat on a platform of earth work (chaunta in the local dialect of Punjabi).
The Gurdwara building, constructed during recent years, comprises a large hall with a square sanctum in the middle. The shrine is affiliated to the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, but is administered by Sant Harbans Singh of Dumeli, who raised the present building. Two Sikh penants close to the Gurdwara mark the spots where four Babar Akalis brought to bay by British police fell fighting in a prolonged encounter on 1 September 1923.
1. Tara Singh, Sri Gur Tirath SarigraAi. Amritsar, n.d.
2. Thakar Singh, Sn Gurduare DarsAan. Amritsar, 1923