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Bibi Amro

Bibi Amro was a prominent preacher of Sikhism. She was the illustrious daughter of Guru Angad Dev and Mata Khivi. She is credited with having introduced Guru Amar Das to the teachings of Sikh religion, which ultimately led to his becoming the third Sikh guru.

Bibi Amro was married to Bhai Jasoo, the nephew of Guru Amar Das. Her singing of ‘shabads’ (holy hymns) greatly impressed Guru Amar Das, who was a hindu then. Influenced by the values of Sikhism exalted in these hymns, he met Guru Angad. He accepted the religious faith of the guru. Years later when he became the Sikh guru, he set up the Sikh nation, which is the modern Punjab. He organized the region into various districts, individually termed as ‘manji.’ He appointed Bibi Amro as the head of one of the manjis. Being the head of a manji was equivalent to being the Bishop of a church. This person was responsible for preaching the Sikh religion and also the administration of the region.

Bibi Amro serving in her right as the head of a manji, preached Sikhism with utmost devotion. She also looked after the welfare of the region and the collection of revenues. A tank called Bibi Amro Da Talab has been built at Basarke, her husband’s village, in her memory.

Updated on 7th June, 2005

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