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10 Sikh Women You Should Know and Why You Should Know Them

The Fearless Warrior-Saint : Born in Jhabal village (now Amritsar, Punjab in India), Mai Bhago grew up in a time when the 10th guru, Guru Gobind Singh, fought to defend Sikhs against Mughal forces and hill chiefs. During a great siege in 1705, Mai Bhago rallied 40 deserters and led them into battle herself, sword in hand. They died fighting and became known as the Chali Mukte, the Forty Liberated Ones. Afterward, Mai Bhago became the Guru's bodyguard, donning a turban and cross-dressing in…

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10 Sikh Women You Should Know and Why You Should Know Them

The First Woman Commander-in-Chief : Rani Sada Kaur became a young widow when her husband was killed in a battle among Punjabi chiefdoms. She used the moment to transform herself into a woman-warrior, donning a high turban and weaponry. She commanded battles and laid the foundation for the Sikh empire, which spanned the Punjab from 1799 to 1849. She closely advised her son-in-law as he became the first Maharaja of the new empire, Maharaja Ranjit Singh.

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Bhai Sahib Mohinder Singh Ahluwalia is a visionary Sikh faith leader and is the Chairman of the Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha in Birmingham, United Kingdom, a religious charitable organisation.