Role Of Women In Ancient India

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TOWARDS EMPOWERMENT OF WOMEN: KUDUMBASHREE OF KARODE PANCHAYAT, THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, KERALA AISWARYA GIREESH aishukda@gmail.com INTRODUCTION Rabindra Nath Tagore observed “Women is the builder and moulder of a nation’s destiny. Though delicate and soft as a lily, she has a heart far stronger and bolder, than that of man. She is the supreme inspiration for man’s onward march”, on analyzing the status of women in Indian society, it can be said that the status of women varied over periods. In other words, from ancient period to contemporary Indian society, the position of women in society had undergone various changes. Women unsurpassed the equality enjoyed by them with men ever since Rig Vedic times. The status of women during ancient period was far better or equal to men. Women even enjoyed the status of goddess, like Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth. The position of women during this period could be understood through a famous Sanskrit shloka, “Yatra Naryastu Pujyante, Ramante Tatra Devta” means ‘the place where women are worshipped, God themselves inhabit that place’. Furthermore, in ancient period women had voice in every field of life. The illustrated example to this is right to select the life partner. Women were not denied education. She even participated in debates. Practices such as child marriage, sati and polyandry were unknown. Status of women in Vedic period started declining with the advent of time. Her status started to deteriorate in later Vedic period. This

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