The story of Devi Ahalya from the times of Ramayana is often cited as an example of how women were discriminated against even in those. Ahalya Story – When Lord Indra was cursed for lust! – Indra, also known as Sakra in the Vedas, is the leader of the Devas or gods and the lord of. Ahalya was characters of Ramayana also known as Ahilya, is the wife of the sage Gautama Maharishi. She was made by Brahma and was surreal beautiful.

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Here, Ahalya agrees to have sex with the disguised Indra because she has long been craving affection from her ascetic husband.

Account Options Sign in. At one point, Ahalya receives a visit from Indra’s female messenger, who proceeds to mock husbands who avoid sex by saying that it is not the right day for pleasure.

Ahalya Story – When Lord Indra was cursed for lust!

You must be logged in to post a comment. Pichamurthy —76 haalya Ahalya as an allegorical representation of life, with Gautama as the mind and Indra pleasure.

Stlry, the divine sage Narada tells Brahma that Gautama went around the three worlds before Indra. Sreedevi’s Malayalam language work translated as “Woman etory Stone” focus on Rama’s “double standard” from a feminist perspective. Therefore, to use this case to make a point only to prove that women were discriminated against is not correct. The Mahabharata Book Why do bad things happen with good people?

He twlugu one look at them and realised all that had transpired. Brahma prescribed severe penance to Indra, undergoing which, he earned the grace of Shiva. Once sun and moon assisted Indra in confusing Gautama that it was morning while it was actually night. When Gautama persuades her to lie to society by claiming to have been raped, she debates chastity and freedom of mind with him.

However, Anjani is cursed by Gautama in these versions, generally for aiding Indra and Ahalya in concealing the secret. In the earliest full narrative, when Indra comes disguised as her husband, Ahalya sees through his disguise but nevertheless accepts his advances.

However, it flattered her that the great deva found her so charming that he ran the risk of being condemned by the worlds and yet came to her asking her for her love. A New Perspective, feels that Ahalya was made vulnerable due to her acceptance of gender norms; she ungrudgingly accepted the curse while acknowledging her need for punishment.


Ahalya was doing this sadhana for quite a long time. While ancient narratives are Rama-centric, contemporary ones focus on Ahalya, telling the story from her perspective. A materialistic mind always reacts, while a stable mind watches. Even though Gautama cursed Ahalya and turned her into stone, he did leave a way out for her that when son of Dashrath would stoy and touch her, she would become human again.

Her story has been retold numerous times in the scriptures and lives on in modern-age poetry and short stories, as well as in dance and drama. After this act of romantic consummation was performed, however, Ahalya regained her senses and she asked Indra to leave immediately.

Such is the irony of life. Proceedings of the National Seminar, Kolkata Our mind has not one but 8 supernatural ahalua Dictionary of Hindu Lore and Legend. Narayan — focuses on the psychological details of the story, reusing the old tale of Indra’s disguise as Gautama, his flight as a cat and Ahalya’s petrifaction. May you lose the form you are so proud of and subsist only on air. Patriarchal society always condemns Ahalya as a fallen woman.

Agamudayar derived from “brave”who confronts Gautama, Maravar derived from “tree”who climbs a tree and Kallar derived from “thief” or “rock”who hides like a thief behind a large rock.

She got patient, understood the presence of Lord, and attained devotion by the grace of the Lord Ram. The author regards Ahalya as an independent woman who makes her own decisions, takes risks and is driven by curiosity to experiment with the extraordinary and then accept the curse imposed on her by patriarchal society. This episode about Gautama punishing Indra is there in all the versions of the story, but some of us conveniently forget it.

Another legend, generally told in Indian folk tales, states that Arunathe charioteer of the sun-god Surya, once became a woman named Aruni and entered an assembly of celestial nymphs, where no man except Indra was allowed. While most versions agree that Gautama curses Ahalya after discovering the affair, the curse varies from text to text. If fairness is what you are looking for in this story, then how innocent or justified was it for Brahma to create an exceptionally beautiful woman and then hand her over to a sage who was no comparison to her either in looks or in vitality!


It is perception that defines the world. Lord Murugan, the son of Shiva and Parvati, is a much revered deity of Hindus[ The beguiled Ahalya declares herself blameless, but Gautama considers her impure and curses her to be reduced to a mere skeleton of skin and bones.

Medieval story-tellers often focus on Ahalya’s deliverance by Rama, which is seen as proof of the saving grace of God. So the must hyped transformation of Ahalya too was a metaphorical reference and the only person who suffered the punishment for being unfair in the entire episode was Maharishi Gautam himself, who lost a lovely wife to his vain ego!

Official Site of Darbhanga District. He himself sacrificed too and never left the righteous path.

The real story of Ahalya: When Lord Indra was cursed for lust!

Ramavarier and M. State University of New York. Thereafter, Gautama abandons the ashram and goes to the Himalayas to practise asceticism.

Early in the 20th century, the old norms were reasserted. Do you work towards making it better with your efforts or you steal? With clear and pure voice, she decided to praise Ram. In traditional Hinduism, Ahalya is extolled as the first of the panchakanya “five virgins”archetypes of female chastity whose names are believed to dispel sin when recited.

The extremes were nullified. Bhattacharya, Pradip November—December In the Brahma PuranaAhalya is cursed to become a dried up stream, but pleads her innocence and produces servants, who were also deceived by Indra’s disguise, as witnesses. In ij popular retelling of the legend in later works, as well as in theatre and electronic media, Ahalya is turned to stone by Gautama’s curse and returns to her human form only after being brushed by Rama’s foot.