A home where a woman is disrespected can never be happy or flourish. ~ Bheeshma
History has been at large ‘His’ story. ‘Her’ story hasn’t received that due attention. Hence, Indic Academy has come up with Aryaa – An Anthology of Vedic women. And, the author of this article is one of the writers. This is an Anthology of women in India’s past, who shaped/reshaped the civilizational ethos for the good.
Chitrangadha protected her kingdom and made sure it was safe.
Damayanti restored her husband’s glory.
Subhadra took the onerous task of protecting her husband and brother’s legacy.
Gargi was unafraid to take on the mighty Maharishi Yajnavalkya in a debate….and many more
My story revolves around the famous character of Shakuntala. We usually see her story from Kalidasa’s angle; the famous love story of Dushyanta and Shakuntala. However, my story focuses on Shakuntala, the mother. After all, she was the mother of the man whose name our civilization draws: Bharatvarsha.
She was a wife, a mother, a queen-mother, friend, or anything she wished to be.
She protected the king, shaped an emperor, challenged a sage, etc.
A manifestation of eternally present Shakti, she was Aryaa – the noblewoman of Aryavarta. Here is a shloka:
आदिशक्ति नमो नमः
सर्व शक्ति नमो नमः
प्रथम भगवती नमो नमः
कुण्डलिनी माता शक्ति नमो नमः
Primal Shakti, I bow to thee
All-encompassing Shakti, I bow to thee
That through which god creates, I bow to thee
Creative Power of Kundalini, Mother of all, I bow to thee.
This is a labour of love from the ten of us. We hope that this effort of ours is liked and received well by everyone.
Please note that all the authors have taken our creative freedom. However, we have tried to stay true to our history and literature.
To buy Aryaa – An Anthology of Vedic Women, follow the link:https://amzn.to/3XF1qB9. The US and kindle versions will be available in a few days.