Gurdwara Mata Kaulan

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Gurdwara Mata Kaulan at the side of the Sarvor Kaulsar

Gurdwara Mata Kaulan Sahib or Gurdwara Kaulsar Sahib is a sacred Sikh shrine on the west-side of Gurdwara Baba Atal in Amritsar, Punjab near the main Darbar Sahib at Harmandar Sahib.

Next to the Gurdwara Mata Kaulan lies a Sarovar (pool) known as Kaulsar Sahib or Kaulsar Sarvor, named after a holy lady who was raised as a Muslim called Bibi Kaulan, the adopted (possibly Hindu) daughter of the Qazi of Lahore.

She was a highly spiritual woman who was above religious divides and took refuge with the sixth master Guru Hargobind Ji at Amritsar (1606-1645). The samadh of Mata Kaulan lies at the western end of the Kaulsar Gurdwara.

The significance of Gurdwara Mata Kaulan and Kaulsar sarovar could be adjudged from the fact that Guru Hargobind, the sixth Sikh guru, had directed the devotees to take a dip in the Sarovar Kaulsar before the Golden Temple sarovar. (a sakhi to this effect is written right outside the entrance of Gurdwara Bibi Kaulan, adjacent to Darbar Sahib).

Mata Kaulan, against whom her 'father' the qazi had pronounced a death sentence, for showing devotion to Sikh gurus, was brought discreetly to Amritsar by Sant Mian Mir who had laid the foundation stone of the Golden Temple. Mata Kaulan, who was allotted a special place near the Golden Temple and Baba Atal, where she spent her entire life before breathing her last at Kartarpur.

The excavation of Kaulsar was started in 1624 and was completed in 1627 under the supervision of Baba Budhaji, first head granthi of the Golden Temple.

Kaulsar is one of the five holy tanks (Sarovars) at the holy city of Amritsar including Santokhsar, Bibeksar, Ramsar and the main one after which the city is named, Amritsar at the Golden Temple.

In March 2004, the karseva of the first-ever sarovar named after a muslim woman, Mata Kaulan, adjoining the Golden Temple was completed when a 'state of the art' filteration system was also installed.

The Gurdwara and Sarovar's location can be seen on the Map of Harmandar Sahib

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Five Sarovars of Amritsar

AmritsarKaulsarSantokhsarBibeksarRamsar