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Women of the Vedic period (c 1500-1200 BCE), were epitomes of intellectual and spiritual attainments. The Vedas have volumes to say about these women, who both complemented and supplemented their male partners.

Myriad hymns of the Vedic era bear testimony to the wisdom of contemporary women and names of 27 women-seers emerge from them. But most of them are mere abstractions except for a few, such as Ghosha, Lopamudra, Sulabha Maitreyi, and Gargi, who are some of the most significant female figures of the Vedic period.

Ghosha: Daughter of Kakshivat, composer of hymns of ancient Hindu scriptures, Ghosha has a few hymns and verses, assigned to her name.

Lopamudra: She was 'created' by sage Agasthya and given as a daughter to the King of Vidarbha. The Rig Veda testifies to her great intelligence.

Maitreyi: The Rig Veda contains about one thousand hymns, of which about 10 are accredited to Maitreyi, the woman seer and philosopher.

Gargi: She was a Vedic prophetess and daughter of sage Vachaknu. She composed several hymns that questioned the origin of all existence

Ghosha: Daughter of Kakshivat, composer of hymns of ancient Hindu scriptures, Ghosha has a few hymns and verses, assigned to her name.
Lopamudra: She was 'created' by sage Agasthya and given as a daughter to the King of Vidarbha. The Rig Veda testifies to her great intelligence.
Maitreyi: The Rig Veda contains about one thousand hymns, of which about 10 are accredited to Maitreyi, the woman seer and philosopher.
Gargi: She was a Vedic prophetess and daughter of sage Vachaknu. She composed several hymns that questioned the origin of all existence.

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April 4, 2011 at 4:25 am
(1) Rajan Varghese says:

I like verymuch our early caste system.
some people telling Vedas are from Iran side, Very similarities with Parsy ‘AVESTHA’
Is it Mohanjadaro Harappa civilisation was Vedic? Thers is no evidence in vedas. Sanscrit is anew generation Indo-Europian language? Only 1200years old, But Thamil had solid evidence it is 6000 years back.

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March 13, 2012 at 9:00 am
(3) Sanjay Bhagat says:

Mr Rajan, your knowledge is limited or read wrong books. The Sanskrit is the language which has got no author, like wise vedas has no author and written in Sanskrit, is the language of God. Same for Hinduism has no date when it begin because it is since the creation. Rest of the religion or language in the world is made by man and are not actual, just for their convenience.

March 13, 2012 at 11:08 am
(4) Sibaprasad Dutta says:

Hinduism is an evolutionary religion, and the essence of Hinduism is coded in the Vedanta which deals with man’s relationship with his creator. It deals as much with our source of origin as the point of our dissolution. Even the physicists accept that the earth will one day melt into black hole. What exists thereafter is Brahman or Self or God – by whatever name we call it. Hindduism embraces idolatry as much as it embraces the materialistic philosophy of Charvak. A Hindu, belonging very much akin to his religion, is also permitted to be an atheist, and no Hindu has ever been a bigot. Hinduism is a vast ocean into which all streams of faith flow and with which all streams or rivers mingle. Those who speak of intermediation or formlessness follow a fallacious thought, because while human mind can never conceive of any formlessness, intermediation frustrates the father-son
relationship which is direct. Worship of idols has an aesthetic value, and a form of beauty speaks of highest sense of Beauty. If worship of beauty is decried, it decries fundamental issue of aesthetics. Rituals degenrate in course of time and lose their significance; Vedic rituals are not what they appear today.

March 13, 2012 at 1:12 pm
(5) madhulekha says:

I always feel apprehensive about the future of Hinduism, is it confined to a small following worldwide , something like Zoroastrianism,…..will our religion stand the test of time?Or will it be confined to the archives? In India, religion and mythology are so intrinsically linked and I have to say this, as a child, Mythology was my hobby, and religion followed…..

March 13, 2012 at 10:46 pm
(6) shanti maharaj says:

sanatan dharma often referred to as hinduism was never founded by man thus it is known as the religion of eternal light as the rivers of the world flow into the great white ocean so to will humanity recognise the importance of this tremendous vedic knowledge. i have been raised as a hindu woman all my life. yes there were times i wondered in the still of night only to be awakened with the consciousnes of my shree raam and hanumanji. vande mataram. we are criticised by the west as idolators only because the westerners really do not believe and imbibe that god is truly omnipresent . who are we as ordinary mortals to question the multiplicity of the divine. i feel comforted when i chant hey raam hey krishnah. i often cry when i listen to the hanuman chalisa. what is this welled up emotions. is it from another life always remember that no one stones an empty mango tree — think about this anology to our great heritage that is sanatan dharma

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