Guru Stories:The Women Parishes
The Women Parishes
In one of the verses of As-di-Var it is said ‘Why demean them who give birth to Kings among men?’ p. 474 Guru Amar Das, the third Guru, appointed women to conduct Sikh missionary and parish work. Districts under the charge of men were known as Manjian, from manji or string-bed. Those in the charge of women were known as Pirhian, form pihi or low-sitting-stools on which they sat to minister to the disciples. Their selection for this important task indicated the faith of the Guru in the capacity of women for organizational work.