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Gurdwara Sri Mai Bhago

Location - Chabal Kalan, Tarn Taran, Punjab, India

Associated with - Bibi Mai Bhago Ji

Sikh Artifacts - None

Sarovar - None

Sarai - unknown

Chabal Kalan is a village located 14 km's from Tarn Taran in the Tarn Taran district of the State of Punjab.

There are 2 Historic Sikh Gurdwaras in Chabal Kalan located near each other.

Gurdwara Sri Bibi Viro

Bibi Viro Ji was the only daughter of Sri Guru Hargobind Ji and Mata Damodari, her marriage to Bhai Sadhu took place here.

Forward Bibi Viro - was the only daughter of Sri Guru Hargobind Ji.

Bibi Ji was married to Bhai Sadhu, son of Bhai Dharma who was from village Malla in district Faridkot, Punjab. This Gurdwara Sahib is situated very near Gurdwara Sri Mai Bhago.

Gurdwara Sri Mai Bhago

Mai Bhago was a descendant of Pero Shah, the younger brother of Bhai Launga, a Dhillon Jatt who had converted and become a Sikh during the time of Sri Guru Arjan Sahib Ji.

Mai Bhago was born at her ancestral village of Chabal Kalan at the site of Gurdwara Sri Mai Bhago. Mai Bhag Kaur, as she was also known after taking Amrit, wanted to stop injustices and violence against the Sikhs. She had inherited from her family ideals of bravery and courage. Faith, truth, and fearlessness were her ornaments.

Mai Bhago, along with her family, visited Guru Tegh Bahadur twice. She also visited Anandpur with her father in 1699 when Guru Gobind Singh created the Khalsa and was intitiated into the Khalsa along with other members of her family.

Mai Bhago wanted to stay at Anandpur to learn the martial arts and become a saint soldier, but her father brought her back because she was a woman and women did not take part in the Sikh army in those days. However, she longed to join the Sikh army and started learning the art of warfare and horse riding from her father. She made a top knot of her head hair and covered it with a small turban. She had a spear in one hand, sword in the other, a shield on her shoulders and other small arms in her belt. She had fiery eyes on her bright face.

Forward Mai Bhago - a symbol of bravery and courage.

Mai Bhag Kaur came to know that some Sikhs of her area had deserted Guru Gobind Singh at Anandpur Sahib and renounced his guruship in writing. Mai Bhago exhorted the ladies not to entertain the deserters and not to allow them to enter their houses. Her sharp and frank words pricked the conscience of the deserters and awakened their souls.

She challenged their vanity and made them regret. She displayed manly spirit and courage. They, along with their leader, Mahan Singh, marched to help the Guru and seek his forgiveness. They armed themselves and then took the oath to die fighting and not to retreat from the battlefield. They meant to make amends for the apostasy.

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