“From her, kings are born. From women, women are born; without women, there would be no one at all.” - Guru Nanak Dev Ji
Throughout history, Sikh women have been a source of inspiration. Their lives showed us how to be devoted, passionate, generous, kind, fearless, tolerant, humble, and so much more.
As we celebrate mothers this Mother's Day weekend, we remember the lives of 5 incredible Sikh women. Each of them played an important role in shaping how we live out our faith today.
Mata Khivi Ji
Mata Khivi Ji was the wife of the Second Guru, Guru Angad Dev Ji. After Guru Nanak Dev instituted the practice of Langar, Mata Khivi made it a mission to continue the tradition while expanding Sikhi amongst women.
Mai Bhago Ji
Mai Bhago was the first woman to fight on the battlefield in Punjab. After learning gatka, a traditional martial arts form, she participated in multiple battles and ultimately became one of Guru Gobind Singh Ji's bodyguards.
Rani Sada Kaur Ji
Rani Sada Kaur became a woman-warrior after the passing of her husband in a battle against the Mughal empire. She fought countless battles and closely advised her son-in-law as he became the first Maharaja of the Sikh Empire, Maharaja Ranjit Singh.
Mata Gujri Ji
Mata Gujri Ji was the wife of Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji and the mother of Guru Gobind Singh Ji. Her role in the development of the Sikh faith is critical as she was a pillar of strength of the young Guru Gobind Singh Ji and a crucial leader in battles against the Mughal empire.
Mata Sundri Ji
Mata Sundri Ji (Sunder Kaur) was the wife of Guru Gobind Singh Ji and a remarkable personality remembered for her role as a confident leader of the Sikh community. After the martyrdom of Guru Gobind Singh Ji, Mata Sundri Ji played a critical role in being a guide and raising the morale of the Sikh community.