ĀKAṚ, a village in the interior of Paṭiālā district, possesses a historical shrine called Gurdwārā Nim Sāhib. The Gurdwārā commemorates the visit of Gurū Tegh Bahādur who, during one of his journeys through the Mālvā territory, put up here near a nim (margosa) tree, which still exists. The leaves of one of the boughs of this tree which leans over the shrine are tasteless while those on the rest of the tree possess their natural bitter taste. The miracle is attributed to Gurū Tegh Bahādur, who is said to have pulled off a twig from this branch and used it to cleanse his teeth. The one-room Mañjī Sāhib was replaced in 1924 by a larger building. The present complex, completed in 1972, consists of a spacious hall, with a verandah in front. The sanctum marking the original site of the Mañjī Sāhib is in the middle of this hall with a domed room over it on the first floor. The shrine is managed by a local committee.
Major Gurmukh Siṅgh (Retd.)