Kabul Vali Mai

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Kabul Vali Mai or the Lady from Kabul, is the name chroniclers have given to a woman who rendered devoted service during the digging of the baoli at Goindval under the supervision of Guru Amar Das. Day after day, says Sarup Das Bhalla, Mahima Prakash, she toiled away at the site, without anyone knowing who she was, and where she had come from. One day Guru Amar Das told the Sikhs that the lady was from Kabul and that she had by her love of the Almighty and duty towards her husband attained spiritual insight. An old manuscript, Mahima Prakash Sri Guru Amar Dev, and an inscription at Gurdwara Haveli Sahib at Goindval mention a lady being in charge of the manji or Sikh centre at Kabul, though they name her differently the former calling her Bibi Bhago and the latter Mat Sevan. It is likely that the Kabul Vali Mat was that lady, later appointed by Guru Amar Das as preacher in her own country.