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Author: M L Ahuja
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788129118257
Women in Hinduism have since time immemorial played a significant role – as Shakti assuming the power of creation, as the divine mother, as sages, as spiritual and religious leaders, as noble queens, as ideal wives and as compassionate daughters. They have been the basis of inspiration to both men and women for centuries.
The book profiles twelve such legendary women including Ambika, Damayanti, Devahuti, Draupadi, Gargi, Maitreyi, Parvati, Saraswati, Sati, Savitri, Shakuntala, and Sita. All these women belong to the early Vedic times and are still revered for their extraordinary powers and roles. They symbolize the virtues that Hinduism ordains its followers to pursue, establishing the fact that essence of joy of life lies in pure, sacred and ever widening conjugal love.
Women in Indian Mythology should be of interest to the students of philosophy, indology, Indian history, women studies, and all others who wish to know more about the role of women in general and during the Vedic period in particular.
Right from the days of Vedas, women have not lagged behind men. During the Vedic period, many of them were epitomes of intellectual and spiritual attainment. They complemented and supplemented their male partners. Vedic Wisdom is encapsulated in myriad hymns- twenty-seven women-seers emerged from them. Some of them have been the basis for inspiration to both men and women for centuries.
Of all the organized religions of the world, women have perhaps the most prominent presence in Hinduism, both visible as well as invisible. As sages, Women have borne the revealed word. As spiritual and religious teachers, Hindu women have sustained our dharma in various Ways down the ages. As noble queens and as warriors, Hindu women have protected our faith from disintegrating into extinction. As musicians, dancers, and artists, they have been the embodiment of all that is beautiful. As ‘mothers, they have been our first teachers. As wives, they have provided the locus around which family and social life revolves. As daughters, they have taught us compassion and as our guides, they have made many men into great human beings.