MANOHAR DĀS, a nineteenth-century saint of Saṅgat Sāhib Ke sect of the Udāsī Sikhs, usually stayed at Kankhal, near Haridvār, where he collaborated with some other sādhūs under the leadership of Santokh Dās to establish a separate Udāsī body called Srī Gur Nayā Akhāṛā Udāsīn, popularly known as Udāsīāṅ dā Chhoṭā Akhāṛā. Manohar Dās won especially the respect of the rulers of the Phūlkīāṅ states of Paṭiālā, Nābhā and Jīnd. Mahārājā Karam Siṅgh of Paṭiālā (1798-1845) once made to him a donation of 1,00,000 rupees which sum he spent on constructing a bridge over a turbulent seasonal stream on the outskirts of the town and raising buildings for the Chhoṭā Akkhāṛā at Kankhal. He established two Udāsī, ḍerās or monasteries, one at Paṭiālā, in the vicinity of Qilā Mubārak, and the other at Paṭṭī, in Amritsar district. Manohar Dās also earned wide esteem for his humanitarian service as a practitioner of Āyurvedic medicine.
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