Rishikas of the Rigv...
Rishikas of the Rigvedaby: 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.
Year Of Publication: 2013
Pages : xvi, 151p.
Bibliographic Details : Appendices; Glossary; Bibliography; Index
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
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.
Notes on Transliteration
Women Rishis (Rishikas) in the Rigveda
Who Praised the Deities
1. Ghosha Kakshivati
3. Vishvavara Atreyi
4. Apala Atreyi
Who Conversed with the Seers and Deities
10. Sarama Devashuni
14. Nadyah The Rivers
15. Yami Vaivasvati
16. Shashvati Angirasi
Who Praised the Self
19. Shraddha Kamayani
20. Dakshina Prajapatya
Other Rishikas not Listed in Brihaddevata
23. Shaci Paulomi
24. Shikhandini Kashyapi
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