KĀBUL VĀLĪ MĀĪ, or the Lady from Kābul, is the name chroniclers have given to a woman who rendered devoted service during the digging of the bāolī at Goindvāl under the supervision of Gurū Amar Dās. Day after day, says Sarūp Dās Bhallā, Mahimā Prakāsh, she toiled away at the site, without anyone knowing who she was, and where she had come from. One day Gurū Amar Dās told the Sikhs that the lady was from Kābul and that she had by her love of the Almighty and duty towards her husband attained spiritual insight.

         An old manuscript, Mahimā Prakāsh Srī Gurū Amar Dev, and an inscription in Gurdwārā Havelī Sāhib at Goindvāl mention a lady being in charge of the mañjī or Sikh centre at Kābul, though they name her differently --- the former calling her Bībī Bhāgo and the latter Māī Sevāṅ. It is likely that the Kābul Vālī Māī was that lady, later appointed by Gurū Amar Dās a preacher in her own country.


  1. Santokh Siṅgh, Bhāī, . Srī Gur Pratāp Sūraj Granth. Amritsar, 1927-33
  2. Bhallā, Sarūp Dās, Mahimā Prakāsh. Patiala, 1971

Balbīr Siṅgh Dil