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Mata Kheevi ji is the only woman in Sikh History whose name has been mentioned in Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji
Sri Guru Granth Sahib or Adi Sri Granth Sahib Ji (also called the Adi Granth) is more than just a scripture of the Sikhs, for the Sikhs treat this Granth (holy book) as their living Guru. The holy text spans 1430 pages and contains the actual words spoken by the founders of the Sikh religion (six of the Ten Gurus of Sikhism) and the words of various other Saints from other religions including Hinduism and Islam. In its 1430 pages it teaches everyone the true values of life, One God of the universe, Equality, Live Truthfully, Practice Humility, Kindness, Compassion, etc.

One thing in Sri Guru Granth Sahib is worth noting—the mention of Mata Kheevi ji. Mata Kheevi (1506 - 1582) is the wife of the second Sikh Guru, Guru Angad; she was born in 1506 to Karan Devi and Bhai Devi Chand Khatri in a small town called Sanghar which is now located in the province of Sindh in Pakistan.

Mata Kheevi Ji is responsible for the establishment of the present-day Langar system. She continued to help improve the langar system until the Guruship of Guru Arjan Dev and then the langar became known as "Kheevi ka Langar". She was also responsible for the organisation of the Sewa system in the community. She took upon herself the onerous task of managing every detail of the langar. She lived to the age of 75 and died in the year 1582. Her pleasant personality made a large contribution to the spirit of hospitality, which is now considered an essential trait of Sikh culture.

She got the distinction of being the only one of the Guru's wives to be mentioned by name in Sri Guru Granth Sahib.

SGGS - Ang 967
Raag Ramkali.

ਬਲਵੰਡ ਖੀਵੀ ਨੇਕ ਜਨ ਜਿਸੁ ਬਹੁਤੀ ਛਾਉ ਪਤ੍ਰਾਲੀ ॥
ਲੰਗਰਿ ਦਉਲਤਿ ਵੰਡੀਐ ਰਸੁ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤੁ ਖੀਰਿ ਘਿਆਲੀ ॥

Balwand says that Kheevi, the Guru's wife, is a noble woman, who gives soothing, leafy shade to all.
She distributes the bounty of the Guru's Langar; the kheer - the rice pudding and ghee, is like sweet ambrosia.

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