DHAULA, village 11 km southwest of Barnala (30Â° 23`N, 75Â° 34`E) in Sarigrur district of the Punjab, has two historical shrines, both dedicated to Guru Tegh Bahadur. According to tradition, Guru Tegh Bahadur riding from Hadiaya to Dhaula arrived at the boundary between the two villages when his horse suddenly stopped. No amount of coaxing or spurring could make him go forward and enter the fields of Dhaula. The Guru explained to the Sikhs in his train that the Dhalivals of Dhaula were not yet ready to receive him.
“They will come round in time,” he remarked. He then turned west and arrived at the dhab, or pond, ofSohival where he made his ablutions. GURDWARA ARiSAR, 2 km north of Dhaula by a sandy cart track, marks the spot where the Guru`s horse had stubbornly stopped (an in Punjabi means an act of stubbornness). The Gurdwara comprises a 5metre square sanctum and a suite of rooms for the grant/if. It is affiliated to the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee and is administered by the manager of Gurdwara Guru Sar Pakka at Hadiaya.
Special divans take place on the fullmoon day every month. GURDWARA SAHIB PATSHAHI NAUMi SOHIVAL, locally called Sohiana Sahib, stands on a low mound. It consists of a memorial platform on the first floor of a domed building. The Guru Granth Sahib is seated in a hall near by. The old dhab has been lined and converted into a sarovar, holy tank. This Gurdwara is also attached for administration to Gurdwara Guru Sar Pakka at Hadiaya.
1. Malva Desh Ratan di Sakhi Pothi. Amritsar, 1968