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Rishikas of the Rigveda

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This interesting compendium highlights the importance and stature of women Rishikas in the Vedic literature as epitomes of spiritual attainments, and emphasises that the gender discrimination as seen in the Hindu traditional thought was a later phenomenon. It provides a list of women Rishikas and mantras envisioned by them.

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ISBN 13 9788124606568
Book Language English
Binding Hardcover
Total Pages 151
Edition 1st
Release Year 2013
Publisher D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Author Swamini Atmaprajnananda Saraswati
Category Cultural Studies   Hinduism   Women Studies   Ever Green Shelf Life  
Weight 400.00 g
Dimension 14.00 x 22.00 x 1.80

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The volume presents a study of the famous women Rishikas mentioned in the Vedic literature. The book describes the great respect offered to seers in the Vedic literature and the equal importance given to Rishikas when compared to Rishis. Discussing how even women of the Vedic period were epitomes of spiritual attainment, the book admiringly points out that the gender discrimination seen in the Hindu traditional thought was a later phenomenon (such as that women are not adhikaris for the study of the Vedas). It states that there are twenty-seven women mantra-drashtarah in the Rigveda. It provides a list of these women Rishikas and deals with the mantras envisioned by them. The Rishikas are mentioned in the study on the basis of those who praised the deities, those who conversed with the seers and deities, and those who praised the self. The Rishikas mentioned in the Yajurveda, Samaveda, and Atharvaveda are also mentioned. Rishikas whose individual contributions are taken up in detail include Vagambhrni, Surya-Savitri, Shraddha, Daksina, Aditi, Ratri, and Urvashi, among others. The volume is bound to be a handy reference book for all those interested in Indology, particularly students and scholars of Vedic and gender studies.
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