ISSN: (Online) 2321 -4155
ISSN: (Print) 2320 -7000

JOURNAL OF INDIAN RESEARCH
VOLUME : 3, ISSUE : 3, July-September, 2015 (ISSN No. : 2321-4155)
 
HINDU WOMEN IN THE MIRROR OF TIME: AT ONCE A GODDESS AND A SLAVE?
Sugandha Rawat & Dr.Pradeep Kumar
 
ABSTRACT
Hindu women’s role and status in India has been subject to frequent change. In Vedic religion which is often considered as the bedrock of present Hindu dharma, women were given the status of goddess, and from their shakti (force),it was said,emanated the male strength. Indian annals hail women as dutiful wives and benevolent mothers but we have numerous instances where they stood up for themselves against predetermined discriminatory law and customs, whether that be Sita, Satyavati, Kunti and Draupadi of epic age or Durgavati, Jijabai, Kittur Chennamma or Laxmibai from more recent times. While on certain levels Hindu women seem to have gained equality with men, severe handicaps and restrictions blight their progress, otherwise. In modern India, women have held highest offices of the land including that of the President and the Prime Minister. But a pertinent question lingers regarding he paradox in India- Does our country of Devi worshippers really worship their women or is it just religious symbolism which often defy the actual picture?The present paper aims at discovering women’s true space in Hindu society by taking into account Hindu religious texts,social customs and moral codes of conduct.
 
KEYWORD
Hinduism, Vedic pantheon, Shakti, Tokenism, Women Empowerment.
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