OTHIAN, a village 6 km north of Batala (31Â° 49`N, 75Â°12`E) in Gurdaspur district of the Punjab, is sacred to Guru Arjan, who halted here during his journey to Barath to see Baba Sri Chand. The Gurdwara commemorating his visit comprises a small domed octagonal Manji Sahib, with averandah in front and several ancillary rooms within a walled compound. The water of an old eightcornered well outside the compound is believed by the devotees to possess medicinal properties for curing certain diseases.
The Gurdwara owns 93 acres of land and is affiliated to the Shiromam Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee. Gatherings take place on Sunday and on amdvasyd (last day of the dark half of the month). A special day on the annual calendar is the anniversary of the martyrdom of Guru Arjan. A sarovar has recently been dug, across the approach road, by the followers of Sant Gurmukh Singh.
1. Tara Singh, Sri Gur Tirath Sangrahi. Amritsar, n.d.