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Rishikas of the Rigveda

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 ....read below

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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.

  • Binding: : Hardbound
  • 13 Digit ISBN : 9788124606568
  • 10 Digit ISBN : 8124606560
  • Edition : 1st Edition
  • Year : 2013
  • Pages : xvi, 151p.
  • Size : 23
  • Weight (approx.) : 400
  • Bibliographic Details : Appendices; Glossary; Bibliography; Index

Preface    
Acknowledgement    
Abbreviations    
Notes on Transliteration
    
Women Rishis (Rishikas) in the Rigveda  

PART I
Who Praised the Deities

1. Ghosha Kakshivati    
2. Godha    
3. Vishvavara Atreyi    
4. Apala Atreyi    
5. Juhu-Brahmajaya    
6. Agastya-svasa    
7. Aditi-Dakshayani    

PART II
Who Conversed with the Seers and Deities

8. Indrani    
9. Indramatarah    
10. Sarama Devashuni    
11. Romasha    
12. Urvashi    
13. Lopamudra    
14. Nadyah — The Rivers    
15. Yami Vaivasvati    
16. Shashvati Angirasi

PART III
Who Praised the Self

17. Sarparajni    
18. Vagambhrni    
19. Shraddha Kamayani    
20. Dakshina Prajapatya    
21. Ratri-Bharadvaji    
22. Surya-Savitri  

PART IV
Other Rishikas not Listed in Brihaddevata

23. Shaci Paulomi    
24. Shikhandini Kashyapi    
25. Indrasnusha-Vasukrapatni 

Appendices

A. Rishikas of the Yajurveda

Lopamudra, Sarasvati, Kashipa Bharadvaja-duhita, Vishvavara Atreyi, Sarparajni

B. Rishikas of the Samaveda

Godha, Indramatarah, Sarparajni

C. Rishikas of the Atharvaveda

Indrani, Indramatarah, Surya-Savitri, Sarparajni

D. Gargi Vacaknavi    
E. Maitreyi    
Conclusion    
Glossary    
Bibliography    
Index        


 

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