When the heart is involved, what may seem like the most insignificant gesture may grow to be a time honored tradition lasting centuries.
Mai Ji's longing to serve the guru manifested in a "handi" or clay kettle, of Khichri (khichdi). An elderly woman of meager means, she sacrificed, scrimped, and saved, until she stockpiled enough rice and lentils to feed her Khichri to Prince Gobind Rai, his family, and their entire entourage. Her effort to serve Khichri to the sangat for the remainder of her life, ultimately manifested in the historic community kitchen langar of Gurdwara Handi Sahib of Danapur, Bihar, which continues her tradition today.
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Khichri combines rice, lentils, and vegetables, to make a delicious, and nutritious, meal in one pot.