NESTĀ, village 2 km south of Aṭārī in Amritsar district of the Punjab, is sacred to Gurū Hargobind (1595-1644) who stayed here for a while during his journey from Lahore to Amritsar. According to local tradition, at the villagers' complaint that the water of their well was brackish, the Gurū had them dig another well close to it. The water of this well was sweet (miṭṭhā, in Punjabi). Both these wells still exist side by side. The shrine established here came to be called Miṭṭhāsar. Gurdwārā Miṭṭhāsar Chhevīṅ Pātshāhī , as it is now named, is situated north of the village close to the approach road from Aṭārī. Its present building, constructed in 1930 in a half-acre walled compound, comprises a modest-sized hall with a domed sanctum inside it. The Gurdwārā is managed by a village Committee under the auspices of the Shiromaṇī Gurdwārā Parbandhak Committee.


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