Biographies | Women
Vaidik wisdom is encapsulated in myriad hymns and 27 women-seers emerge from them. But most of them are mere abstractions except for a few, such as Ghoshaa, who has a definite human form. Granddaughter of Deerghtamaa and daughter of Kakshivat, both composers of hymns in praise of Ashwinee Kumaar, Ghoshaa has two entire hymns of the Rig Ved 10th book 39 and 40), each containing 14 verses, assigned to her name. The first one eulogizes the Ashwinee Kumaar, the Heavenly twins who are also physicians; the second one is a personal wish expressing her intimate feelings and desires for married life.
Ghoshaa suffered from an incurable disfiguring disease, probably leprosy, and remained a spinster at her father's house. Her implorations with the Ashwinee Kumaar, and the devotion of her forefathers towards them made them cure her disease and allow her to experience wedded bliss.
Created by Sushma Gupta on 5/27/03
Updated on 03/22/13