CHHATTIANA, village 14 km north of Giddarbaha (32Â° 12`N, 74Â° 39`E) in Faridkot district of the Punjab, claims an historical shrine, Gurdwara Guptsar, sacred to Guru Gobind Singh who visited here after the battle of Muktsar (1706). Here warriors of the Brar clan received payment for the services they had rendered to the Guru. One who declined was Bhai Dan Singh. To quote an old chronicle. MaJva Desh Ratan di Sakhi Pothi, “Bestow on me sikkhi (the Sikh faith), if you please; I have no other desire,” begged he. The Guru administered to him the rites of initiation.
There was also a Muslim recluse, Ibrahim, who lived atop a sandy mound near by and was admitted to the Khalsa fold. He was renamed Ajmer Singh after initiation. Gurdwara Guptsar, reconstructed during the 1970`s, is a highceilinged hall with the sanctum at the far end. Above the sanctum are two storeys of square pavilions topped by a lotus dome with an electroplated pinnacle. To the east of the hall is the sarovar (holy tank) and to the south the Guru ka Larigar (community kitchen) and a row of residential rooms. The Gurdwara owns eight acres of farming land and is controlled by the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee.
1. Tara Singh, Sri Gur Tirath Sangrahi. Amritsar, n.d.
2. Thakar Singh, Giani, Sri Gurduare Darshan. Amritsar, 1928