The Sikh Encyclopedia The Sikh Encyclopedia Encyclopedia of Sikhism

Arts & Heritage

Search Now!

KOTHA GURU, famous old village of the Punjab, announces its antiquity through the existence on its outskirts of a deserted ancient mound. This bulbous mountain of sand dominates the entire skyline of the village concealing within its folds many a layer of distant history. Once upon a time this sprawling old mound was the scat of the Mans, still called in those parts by their old name of "Manhas." The modern period of the village begins with the acquisition of the village site from the Mughal emperor Jaharigir by Baba Prithi Chand of the line of the Sodhis. The earlier name of Kothe Prithi Chand Kc was changed to Kotha Guru by Guru Gobind Singh. The story is also current about the Mughal official SulhI Khan who met with a painful death in a burning fire. He had allowed his horse to run loose over the halfburnt bricks of a kiln. The fact is attested by a line in the Guru Granth Sahib itself (GG, 825). In the time of Baba Prithi Ghand`s son Miharban, the place became a centre of learning and many weighty manuscripts emanated from here. Among them were the Costs of the Bhagats and BJiagat Barn Pammdrtha and Polhi Sac)i Khand which is aJanam Sakhi or life story of Guru Nanak. Miharban`s son and his younger brother wrote commentaries on the sacred texts. Sodhi Abhay Singh who lived in Kotha Guru wrote his monumental Harjas Granth. Sodhi Faujdar Singh was another charismatic character. He had been allowed by the Maharaja of Patiala to keep with him as a special privilege a body of 100 horsemen. In the Singh Sabha days, Pandit Indar Singh of Kotha Guru became famous for his learned commentary on an old Sanskrit text "Aushnash Simrti."
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