The Sikh Encyclopedia The Sikh Encyclopedia Encyclopedia of Sikhism

Historical Sikh Events

Search Now!

BAHIR JACHCHH or Bahir Jakkh, a village in Samana tahsil of Patiala district, situated on the left bank of the Sarasvati, a small stream sacred to the Hindus, commemorates the visit of Guru Tegh Bahadur, who is believed to have stayed here with a devotee, Malla, a carpenter by trade. A small mud hut marked the site until Maharaja Karam Singh, of Patiala, in whose territory the village lay, had a proper gurdwara constructed in 1840. This, too, has since been demolished and replaced by a bigger gurdwara and a sarovar, holy bathing pool.

There is a story connected with the construction of the Mariji Sahib at BahirJachchh by Maharaja Karam Singh. It is said that once the Maharaja, accompanied by the Maharani, went on a pilgrimage to Pehova, which fell in the territory of Bhai Ude Singh of Kaithal. There arose a dispute over protocol between the Maharani and the Rani of Bhai Ude Singh as to who should take her dip in the Sarasvati first. The Rani of Kaithal remarked sarcastically that, if the Maharani of Patiala was so jealous other superiority even at holy places of pilgrimage, she should find a holy place in her own territory.

Maharaja Karam Singh, on his return to Patiala, enquired from the pandits whether there was not a comparable holy place within his dominions. The pandits recommended BahirJachchh for its location on the holy Sarasvati, for its connection with the story of the Mahabharata and for Guru Tegh Bahadur`s visit to the place. The Maharaja then got a gurdwara and a temple built in the village. The Gurdwara, named after Guru Tegh Bahadur but commonly called Gurdwara Bahir Sahib, is affiliated to the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee. The management for the present is in the hands of sants of Pehova who are supervising its reconstruction.

References :

1. Thakar Singh, Giani, Srf Gurduare Darshan. Amritsar, 1923
2. Tara Singh, Sn Gur Tirath Sangrahi.Amritsar, n.d.
3. Fauja Singh, Guru Teg Bahadar : Pramparavan te Yad Chinn. Patiala,

More in this category: « AMRITSAR BAJAK, »


Leave a comment

Joomla SEF URLs by Artio

All About Sikhs

AllAboutSikhs is a comprehensive web site on sikhism, sikh history and philosophy, customs and rituals,sikh way of life, social and religious movements, art and architecture, sikh scriptures,sikh gurudwaras. Based on the belief in One God, the Sikh religion recognizes the equality of all human beings, and is marked by rejection of idolatry, ritualism, caste and asceticism. This website serves to heighten the awareness of Sikhism and hopefully can be of some use to seekers of knowledge.


Search Gurbani

SearchGurbani brings to you a unique and comprehensive approach to explore and experience the word of God. It has the Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji, Amrit Kirtan Gutka, Bhai Gurdaas Vaaran, Sri Dasam Granth Sahib and Kabit Bhai Gurdas. You can explore these scriptures page by page, by chapter index or search for a keyword. The Reference section includes Mahankosh, Guru Granth Kosh,and exegesis like Faridkot Teeka, Guru Granth Darpan and lot more.


World Gurudwaras

World Gurudwaras will strive to be most comprehensive directory of Historical Gurudwaras and Non Historical Gurudwaras around the world.The etymology of the term 'gurdwara' is from the words 'Gur (ਗੁਰ)' (a reference to the Sikh Gurus) and 'Dwara (ਦੁਆਰਾ)' (gateway in Gurmukhi), together meaning 'the gateway through which the Guru could be reached'. Thereafter, all Sikh places of worship came to be known as gurdwaras.



Get Latest Updates