JOGĀ, village 19 km north of Mānsā (29º-59'N, 75º-23'E), in Mānsā district of the Punjab, has a historical shrine dedicated to Gurū Tegh Bahādur. According to local tradition, the village was not in existence when the Gurū visited these parts. He encamped at the site now marked by Gurdwārā Pātshāhī IX, half a kilometre east of present-day village of Jogā. No one noticed the Gurū's presence. It was only when he prepared to leave, that Jugrāj, the local chief, came to offer obeisance. He requested the Gurū to stay a little longer. Gurū Tegh Bahādur said, "Establish a village on that mound. The site is invulnerable." Jugrāj founded the habitation as directed and named it Jogā after his son. A memorial platform was also constructed where Gurū Tegh Bahādur had sat. This was later replaced by a gurdwārā. The present building, in the middle of a one-acre walled compound entered through a high gateway flanked by rows of rooms, comprises a square domed sanctum at one end of a spacious hall. The sanctum is supported by four grooved octagonal columns while another four pillars, cylinderical in shape, support the rest of the hall. The Gurdwārā owns 20 acres of land and is administered by the Shiromaṇī Gurdwārā Parbandhak Committee through a local committee.
Major Gurmukh Siṅgh (Retd.)