Description MAI BHAGO, (Mata Bhag Kaur) the sole survivor of the battle of Khidrana, i.e. Battle of Muktsar (29 December 1705), was a descendant of Pero Shah, the younger brother of Bhai Langah, a Dhillon Jatt who had become a Sikh during the time of Sri Guru Arjan Dev Ji Maharaj. Born at her ancestral village of Jhabal in presentday Amritsar district of the Punjab, she was married to Nidhan Singh Varaich of Patti. A staunch Sikh by birth and upbringing, she was distressed to hear in 1705 that some of the Sikhs of her neighbourhood who had gone to Anandpur to fight for Guru Gobind Singh Ji had deserted him under adverse conditions.She rallied the deserters persuading them to meet the Guru and apologize to him. She set off along with them and some other Sikhs to seek out the Guru, then travelling across the Malva region. Mat Bhago and the men she was leading stopped near the dhab or pool of Khidrana where an imperial army in pursuit of Guru Gobind Singh Ji had almost overtaken him. The 40 sikhs known as the 'Chali Mukte' challenged the Mughal Imperial Army, which entered the battle with 10,000 soldiers, and inflicting such damage onto them, that they had no option but to retreat. Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji, who had supported them with a shower of arrows from a nearby high ground, found all of the fourty men who had signed a paper dis-avowing him as their Guru, except one, Mahari Singh, had died of their wounds when he visited the battlefield. Mahari Singh, who had been seriously wounded, also died as the Guru took him into his lap. (taken from wikipedia)
Bhagat Bedi, GTA Region Member Since July 2008 Artist Statement Bhagat Singh was born in Ludhiana, and moved to Canada when he was young. He has been painting Sikh history since he moved to Canada many years ago. He used to paint historical works done by famous Sikh artists like Sobha Singh and Kirpal Singh. Later in hischool, he started doing concept art for Sarbloh Warriors and later, Elvana. Having an interest in sciences, Bhagat enrolled in the Biology program in Ryerson. However, his painting interests had become his passion over the summer. Feeling that Sikhs are under represented in the media, Bhagat took the responsibility of putting Sikhs out there, and worked on his Sikh Mutants storyline, in hischool. He also started reading the many blood filled pages of Sikh history, being quite interested in the Sikh philosophy as well. It was during the summer of his first year in Ryerson, when he decided to paint those episodes of Sikh history. Bhagat is now striving to be a great artist and an intelligent Biology student.