Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru ji ki Fateh!
Sikhwomennow is celebrating mothers day in remembrance of Mata Khivi ji by emulating her finest attributes of generosity and congenial spirit. We are organizing a food drive to take a powerful stand against hunger. We humbly request all women to bring three or more items of non- perishable food to donate at the Gurdwara before Mothers day, May 8th, 2011. Please do not bring Fruits, vegetables, breads or frozen food. Cereals, pasta, peanut butter, canned or dry fruit, soup cans etc are OK. Please check the expiration date on the food item.
Mata Khivi ji was born in 1506 to Karan Devi and Bhai Devi Chand Khatri. She was married to Lehina in 1519, when she was 13 years old. There is historical evidence that she had 4 children, Dasu, Bibi Amro, Bibi Anokhi and son Datu. When Lahina became Guru Angad, second Guru of the Sikhs, life became very busy for Khivi. People were now coming to her house to see their Guru. She took upon herself the onerous task of managing every detail of the langar. Only the best possible ingredients were used, and everyone was treated with utmost courtesy. Her hospitality has been emulated over the centuries and has become the first cultural identity of the Sikhs. Khivi did much more than work in the kitchen. She created a loving atmosphere for all whom she came in contact with.
, wife of Guru Angad
Dev, is the only lady whose name has been mentioned in Sri Guru
Granth Sahib. She has been highly praised in one of the hymns composed by Balwand and entered in Guru
Granth Sahib at page 967. It goes like this: buluvu(n)dd kheevee naek jun jis buhuthee shhaao puthraalee || lu(n)gar dhoulath vu(n)ddeeai rus a(n)mrith kheer ghiaalee || (Copied from www. sikhitothemax.com
Here ‘th’ stands for s and ‘dh’ stands for d.) Balwand says that Khivi
, the Guru
‘s wife, is a noble woman, who gives soothing, leafy shade to all.
She distributes the bounty of the Guru‘s Langar; the kheer – the rice pudding and ghee, is like sweet ambrosia.
She lived for thirty yeas after her husband’s death. During these years she continued to serve the community. She had the distinction of meeting five Gurus. She breathed her last breath at Khadur in 1582 and the fifth Master, Guru Arjan Dev, himself attended her cremation. In brief, she was a devoted, noble, religious and very wise lady of sweet tongue and temper. She will always be remembered for making the tradition of community kitchen everlasting. Every Sikh should be proud of her and acknowledge her important contribution.