[Advaita-l] Pancha Kanya Questions

sriram srirudra at vsnl.com
Wed Jun 6 11:29:47 CDT 2012

I have heard it -as recited by my father as -Ahalya,Dhraupathim,Seetha , 
Tara Madhodharim thatha.Pancha Mathru smaren nithyam maha pathaka 
nasanam.They are revered mothers as per this version.About your queries as 
to  why only these five  are quoted and that too there are some  observed 
deviations from the bench mark of an ideal womanhood in these divine 
characters I have no answer.Perhaps if the authorship of this sloka is known 
we may get the correct perspective.That will be purely academic and may not 
help you spiritually.
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Ahalya Tara Mandodari Draupadi Seeta Tatha
Panchakanyaha Smaran Nityam Mahapataka Nashanam

The five famous Pativratas are Ahalya, Tara, Mandodari, Draupadi and
Seeta. Remembering them great sins will get wiped out.

 But there are questions.

1 Why are these five Kanyas? Are they Virgins?

2 Except Mandodari the four had contact with Para Purusha man other
than husband. But still they are great? Why?

Ahalya was Gautama Rishi's wife. Indra came in Gautama's disguise to
enjoy her. She knew it was Indra not Gautama but still she enjoyed
with Indra. How can she become  a great Pativrata?

Tara was Vali's wife but she lived with Sugreeva after Vali was killed by 

Draupadi was physically handled by Dushasana.

I heard Mandodari married Vibhishana after Ravana's death. Is it
correct? I heard she said to Ravana once-  'I wish Rama was my
husband'.  Is this correct?

Seeta was kidnapped by Ravana.

On Tue, Jun 5, 2012 at 9:03 PM, Rajaram Venkataramani
<rajaramvenk at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Tue, Jun 5, 2012 at 3:59 PM, Srikanta Narayanaswami <
> srikanta.narayanaswami at yahoo.com> wrote:
>> .I didnot say that there was Sringara rasa between Ravana and sita.Santam
>> papam.I regard Sita as the divine mother and any such entertainment is a
>> sacrilege.I too belong to Srram,s group.What I said was any 
>> interpretation
>> untoardly beyongd what Valmiki wrote in the kidnapping episode is a mere
>> extrapolation,and we cannot attribute any thing based on subjective
>> analysis.We have to take what Valniki has written at its facevalue.
>> N.Srikanta.
> I misread your statements based on a recent conversation I had on this
> topic, where a similar accusation was made that I had to defend. I stand
> corrected and glad to note the high degree of reverence to the divine
> couple.


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