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Rishikas of the Rigveda

by: Swamini Atmaprajnananda Saraswati

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: 9788124606568
Year Of Publication: 2013
Edition: 1st
Pages : xvi, 151p.
Bibliographic Details : Appendices; Glossary; Bibliography; Index
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Size: 23
Weight: 400

Overview

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.

Contents

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

Meet the Author
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1955
Swamini Atmaprajnananda Saraswati, a first class science graduate, joined as a Probationary Officer in a Public Sector Bank in 1978, and worked in various managerial capacities in India until 1992. After completing MBA (1991) in Finance and Marketing from XIMB, she joined a multinational Bank in Muscat. A chance meeting with Swami Dayananda Saraswati in Muscat in 1996, brought about a life transformation. She resigned and studied Vedanta and Panini under Swamiji, in his gurukulas at Rishikesh, Coimbatore and Saylorsburg, before taking Sannyasa in 2008. In the meantime she completed Masters (2005) and PhD (2012) in Sanskrit. Her other areas of interest are — Vedic chanting, Temple Architecture, and Buddhism. A Vedantin, a committed scholar and an enthusiast of Indian culture the Swamini set up her Arsha Vidya Vikas Kendra in 2004. Besides organizing national conferences on Vedas, Vedanta and Indian culture she is actively involved in various community services in the field of health and education.
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