Mata Sundri Ji was the wife of Guru Gobind Singh Ji, the tenth guru of the Sikhs. Born on 23rd Dec. 1667, she was married to the Guru in 1686. Hers was a remarkable personality that blended to a distinction, the diverse roles of a devoted wife, an ideal mother and a confident and far-sighted guide of the community. After the death of Guru Gobind Singh Ji, the Sikh masses found themselves in a state of disarray because of State terror, in addition to other hardships. In this difficult situation, it was Mata SundriJi who served as their guide, raised their morale, and virtually breathed new life into them through her wisdom, erudition and spiritual power.
It was she who got the writings of Guru Gobind Singh collected and compiled as "Dasam Granth". She also persuaded devout Sikhs to prepare copies of holy hymns to be compiled in Adi Granth Sahib. Further, Mata SundriJi took care to ensure that the tradition of "langar" (free community kitchen) continued to flourish. Today, when moral values have declined, her lofty personality shines all the more by virtue of sheer contrast
For about forty years Mataji stayed at the premises now occupied by Gurudwara Mata Sundri Ji. The institution of higher learning built adjacent to it is an apt tribute to her. Students from diverse religious backgrounds, faiths, castes and echelons of society have come together here and excelled in their chosen areas of interest, be it academics, sports, or extra- curricular activities. As per the values promulgated by Mataji, equal opportunities and facilities are provided to all. The college imbibes her ideologies and it is an index of our homage to her memory, that this institution has been named after her.
I would say that
whatever I have learnt in my life, the credit of that journey goes to my lovely institution, Mata Sundri
College.I believe that studying at Mata Sundri College helped to develop my talents and my hidden
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