Women Doing Prakash on Guru Gaddi Day. The women take a strong leadership role in our community. Especially in the Gurdwara. It is common to see women running most of the Gurdwara (Kirtan, sewa, etc) instead of the men.

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  1. Jaspal says:

    Its a shame Panjabi women can’t do the same. I guess Panjabi men are too blame and on whole Panjabi Society.

    So far all the pictures havd been my favorites. Its like I am watching history. Sorry I can’t explain.

  2. Don’t take it as a shame nor blame others.
    Don’t think that you are watching history..think positive.
    Just think what you have done and what you are willing to do.Thats it!

    Get inspired…from Mata Sahib Kaur, Mata Sundri, Mata Bhago…..

    bhand jammee-ai bhand nimmee-ai bhand mangan vee-aahu.
    From woman, man is born; within woman, man is conceived; to woman he is engaged and married.

    bhandahu hovai dostee bhandahu chalai raahu.
    Woman becomes his friend; through woman, the future generations come.

    bhand mu-aa bhand bhaalee-ai bhand hovai banDhaan.
    When his woman dies, he seeks another woman; to woman he is bound.

    so ki-o mandaa aakhee-ai jit jameh raajaan.
    So why call her bad? From her, kings are born.

    Waheguru ji ka Khalsa
    Waheguru ji ki Fateh

  3. Anonymous says:

    jaspal.. Punjabi origin women are very open minded just like any other. The only thing is that 3ho bibian sangat is more open in public, while punjabi ladies shy away from public. But always notice, 99% of peoples who have Guru Sahib jee at home, ONLY women do the whole Sukhasan/Santokhna sewa !

    At end.. all are same but with a little differences in cultural background :)

  4. Anonymous says:

    Veer Jee, What is this Gurdwara called and where is it located? in New Mexico…

  5. Anonymous says:

    these types of comments are really shocking. Just admire the dedication, commitmetment,love of the honorable bibi’s. sikhism is the only religion may be in the world which has given equal status to women as men.
    Guru Amardas ji, when gave 22 gaddis to preachers for preaching Sikhism around the subcontinent, 3 gaddis were given to women.
    One needs to go through history before passing such comments.
    common let’s rise to the level of a sikh, where there is no discrimination between men and women

  6. Anonymous says:

    Wonderful…more power to them. Women strong in their faith and love for Sikhism is the way to go. Inspirtional for ALL Sikhs worldwide.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Wonderful…more power to them. Women strong in their faith and love for Sikhism is the way to go. Inspirtional for ALL Sikhs worldwide.

  8. Anonymous says:

    There is no equality in sikh ,punjabi society for women.Worst sex ratio in India is in Punjab due to female foeticide,,thts why akal thakht had to intervene to issue hukamnama against it.There is no shame in highlighting problems in our society.
    Ever heard of honour killings!

  9. Anonymous says:

    I being in medical field have seen parents crying at the birth of baby girl.
    Where is equality!


  10. xSHANTIx says:

    its such a nice picture! some comments have been about hoping punjabi women should be the same….from the punjabi communites that i know of here in the uk it seems that the Punjabi heritage is more important than their religion..im not sure if this is out of ignorance or miseducation or simply not caring but there are definitely a lot of younger girls starting to wear dastar and take amrith here who are growing up with a more equal role in their Sikh community and spending less time over what makes them punjabi or not….just to add though i was raised in a really strict Roman Catholic Irish Italian family and i can honestly say the women are all very much traditional in the way of lifestyle, ie stay at home mums who cook and raise kids. Also the women in my family are not intrested in politics or business or more worldwide issues…hahah but then theres me and i dont mind a heated debate..but i get shouted at it by the men of my family coz im female so im always wrong when it comes to things outside the kitchen =D i cant help wonder where this comes from the christian bible where the Virgin Mary gave birth to Jesus..so now Catholic women have to act all pure and innocent and accept whatever life throws them and the men the ones who spark debates and new ideas..or is it simply down to Irish and Italian culture?? I really shudnt have got started on this now i will be up all night pondering the thought.sorry to go on but soo nice to see women and men in your community are appreciated. Waheguru Ang Sang

  11. Anonymous says:

    To the ignorant poster who posted on “12:04 PM, July 20, 2005” and said theirs no equality in Sikhism.

    HELLO!!…. read the Sri Granth Guru Sahib ..you’ll find the status of women is uplifted from what it was when Islam or Hindu’s ruled nothern part of Indian subcontient.

    Punjabi culture maybe to blame why some families want son’s over daughters. Maybe cos of being on the border with Islamic pakistan, a hostile neighboour,…and in constant warfare means boys are more needed than girls when fighting is required. But their’s not excuses for infanticide anyone who takes part in that kinda of activity should be ex-communited from the Sikh panth by Akal Takht.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Eqality is what is practiced not what is written in books.Everyone in sikh/punjabi society knows how it is practised in reality!

  13. Anonymous says:

    jaspal..that’s not true..
    i know in our sangat here in Toronto…our sevadaar is a lady and many of the sevadaars are ladies….
    we’re having a samagam in TO at teh end of july..you can come see all the seva that the ladies are in charge of..
    for more info..

  14. isingh says:

    xshanti, [email protected]:40 pm, i sit across an irish catholic woman(in the us) who’s a pilot and defies every irish woman stereotype.

    story for ann @6:40 pm yesterday, it’s not the religion and yes, its’ the practice that counts. this isn’t a defense of the way things are but the reason they are. i read a really good article by some westerner(probably an englishman) where he talked about the church (for those of you who don’t know “the church” is commonly refered to the catholic church) going to india(southern part…i forget the exact location) and trying to convert hindus to christianity.

    the church however is strictly against the caste system (and was then too). so the person in charge of the mission there in india(n city) sets up a beautiful mission and so on…and he comes back a year later and finds that the hindus have converted to christianity but are still wearing their “thread” signifying their caste.

    the church tries and tries and tries for years but it can not get the hindus to stop wearing that thread on their bodies.

    finally the church gives up and lets the newly converted christians to have their threads that signify what class they’re in(i think brahmin). by the way that practice alone does not make them catholics.

    so the moral of the story is that the almighty church yielded to this ages and ages old “religion” and people.

    it’ll take time probably long after we’re gone through education and hard work to teach our people how hurtful their old mentality can be to the population such as (wanting the boys as opposed to girls). btw i’ve seen that happen too, way too close to my family than i want to admit (not my parents).

    so sad cuz all my life i wanted a sister :( and couldn’t understand why people didn’t like girls.

    i don’t believe in asking for something (from god) and thanking god for anything that i got. i find the thanking premature and i find asking for something plain foolish. BUT i did want my first born to be a girl and i got one :). the rest is up to him!