Yuba City Punjabi’s Welcomes New Year in a Unique Way by Helping Needy Fellow Human Beings.

While people were sleeping after celebrating the advent of 2011 on the morning of the January first, 2011; members of Punjabi American Heritage Society were distributing the Jackets to needy people to protect them from cold winter. 40 jackets and socks pairs were distributed to the homeless people on behalf of Punjabi community of Yuba City.

This generous effort was dedicated to honor the memory of Mata Gujri.

Gujar Kaur known as Mata (Mother) Gujri was imprisoned at age 81 and left to die on the cold days of December in a freezing Jail cell. Sikhs called her mother of the Sikh Nation because she sacrificed her Husband, only Son and 4 grandsons for the sake of freedom of speech and people‚Äôs right to practice the religion of their choice. Mata Gujri (1624 -1705) (whose formal name was ‘Mata Gujar Kaur’) was the wife of the ninth Sikh Guru, Guru Tegh Bahadur; the mother of the tenth Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh, and the grandmother of the four Sahibzade. She was born in 1624 and was the daughter of Bhai lal Chand Subulikka and Bishan Kaur, a pious couple of Kartarpur, in present-day Kapurthala district of the Punjab. Her role in the development of the Sikh faith has been crucial. She was the wife of a supreme martyr; mother of a brave saint-soldier; and the grand-mother of four amazing children who all attained martyrdom at the ages of 6, 9, 14 and 18 years. She had been close to the two younger sahibzade and took up their guardianship in the flight from Anandpur under a promise of safe passage to Punjab. Imprisoned in the Thanda Burj (Cold Tower) of Sirhind with her youngest grandsons Zorawar and Fateh Singh, she attained martyrdom, at the age of 81 years, when she was told of their execution.

Her role was pivotal during the difficult period from about 1650 to 1705 for the people of India when Aurangzeb ruled this country from 1658 until 1707 and spread his tyranny and barbaric practices to the sub-continent. She was the “iron-lady” who was responsible for giving birth to and raising the last human Guru, Guru Gobind Singh. She endowed in him the best qualities of the Sikh faith.

Mata ji gave birth to Gobind Rai at Patna in 1666, when she was 42 and alone as her husband, Guru Tegh Bahadar was on tour across Bengal and Assam spreading the word of the Lord. She made sure that the young Gobind had the qualities of bravery and acute awareness and a highly discerning consciousness.

When she was 51 year old, her husband attained martyrdom and she had to guide the Panth and protected and guided the young Gobind to become the magnificent leader that he was. Again, her role during these years of widowhood are a clear example of how to accept the Hukam of the Lord and live a life of righteousness and chardikala.

For more information please contact information is Harjeet Singh 530-218-7614 and Jasjit Singh 218-1108.

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