Bhāgo, Mātā

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Bhāgo, Mātā or Māī Bhāgo (Pañjābī, ‘mother’; b. 17th cent. CE). Sikh heroine. Māī Bhāgo rallied the ‘forty immortals’ at Muktsār, vowing that she would, if necessary, die for Gurū Gobind Siṅgh. Wearing men's clothing, she fought bravely, killing several men of the local Mughal governor, Wazir Khān, and was blessed by the Gurū. Apparently she subsequently lost her reason and died at Nander.