Photos in this set in order are *taken from Adi Sri Guru Granth Sahib, Steek (Fareedkot Wala Teeka) - Bhasha Vibhag -4th ed 1992 - page 1005 The birth of Guru Nanak - from a Baba Atal Tower fresco - showing Mata Tripta and Bibi Nanaki *from Punjab Painting - RP Srivastava - Abhinav - 1983 - plate 130 Guru Nanak rejects the Janao detail of Bibi Nanaki Marriage of Guru Nanak Bibi Nanaki and her husband Jai Ram - Bibi Nanaki is sometimes referred to as the first Sikh Guru Nanak with his parents returns from his 12 year 'udasi' The wife of Guru Nanak - Mata Salakhani with their sons Lakhmi Das and Sri Chand The Guru Sahiban spoke out against Sati (burning of the widow with her husband)and Pardah (the veil) Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh ! This large post was prompted by the visit of my niece. She is starting to learn to read and has become a real book-worm, she loves Lemony Snicket and Harry Potter but she also loves to come to her Mama's house (me) to read my books on Sikh Heritage, especially 'Warrior Saints' 'Sikh Heritage' and 'The Arts of the Sikh Kingdoms'. It was while looking through these that she came out with a very pertinent and cutting question - the way kids do - "where are all the pictures of Sikh women ?" It then struck me that she was right, many of those books have absolutely no pictures of women. Some may have mythological depictions of Sita and Parbati or Raag Raagnis,some have portraits of Rani Jindan, but many have none at all. This prompted my wife and me to look through all our books and these pictures represent the collection we found for my niece. It is our hope this collection will help inspire and educate everyone on the pivotal role of Sikh women. The list is not exhaustive - it is limited to pictures we could find in our book collection. This post is dedicated to All Sikh Women - All Mothers, Guru Ke Mahel , Mahaan Shahids, Brave steadfast bahadar Singhaneean. To all Mata-jis, Bee-jis, Respected Grandmothers and mothers, Cherished sisters, soulmate partners and beloved daughters. In a time when daughters are still murdered in Punjab (and around the world) despite Guru sahib's command - Sikhi is the only dharam that expressly forbids the murder of female children - perpetrators being called 'Kurimaar' and ostracized by the sangat - this crime still persists - before it was done by placing 'Gur' in the mouth of the baby girl and saying ; "Gur khayeen te puni kateen , Aap na ayeen veeran nu ghateen" ( eat sugar and spin cotton, come not again but send brothers). Now it is murder perpetrated in the sex determination clinic. Misogyny is still rife in Punjab despite Guru Sahib's Hukums - when Guru Nanak was asked by the Siddhas why he had "added yeast to milk" by leading a householders life he replied that you denounce women but you still rely on women as you go begging for food to them. The same question was asked to Guru Hargobind he replied that ; Daulat guzran hai Aurat Iman hai Puttar nishan hai (money is my servant, Wife is my conscience and children keep the race going) Still today in popular Punjabi culture you will hear that - "a women is like a shoe" that "Janani di matt pichey geechee vich hundi" ( a women's brain is in the back of her head). Such sexist views are very prevalent as well as many superstitions regarding women. It is my hope that this post will show how women have played a pivotal role in Sikhi and continue to do so. It is mothers who care for and cherish their children's Kesh and show the importance of Kesh. It is mothers who instill the self confidence in their children to wear turbans It is mothers who enshrine beautiful gurbani in the hearts and on the lips of their children It is mothers who place gutkas into the hands of their children , who sing their children to sleep with gurbani "Tati Vao na lagaien" (Bilaval M5). I bow my head to these Mahaan Sikh Women ! Ranjit Singh 'Freed' reproduced from http://www.tapoban.org/phorum/read.php?f=1&i=111622&t=111622 The pictures to accompany this thread will be uploaded in groups, as only 10 images can be attached to each post. Also...some of the captions will add to the value of this thread. Stay tuned throughout the day as more pictures with captions are uploaded.