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Ahalya (Sanskrit: अहल्या, ahalyā) was the wife of Rishi Gautama. The word Ahalya means without any deformation. Her story is mentioned in[ the Hindu epic Ramayana. After her adultery with the god Indra, Gautama cursed her to suffer tapas (austere penance); some versions of the story say she was made invisible or was turned to stone (Refer Tulasi Das version below). She was liberated by Rama. The Sanskrit language ( , ) is a classical language of India, a liturgical language of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism, and one of the 22 official languages of India. ... The great Hindu Epics are also occasionally termed Mahakavya (Great Compositions); the terms refer to a canon of Hindu religious scripture. ... The (DevanāgarÄ«: ) is an ancient Sanskrit epic attributed to the poet Valmiki and is an important part of the Hindu canon (smá¹›ti). ... herro For other uses, see Indra (disambiguation). ... Tapas (tápas) in Sanskrit means heat. In Vedic religion and Hinduism, it is used figuratively, denoting spiritual suffering, mortification or austerity, and also the spiritual ecstasy of a yogin or tāpasá (a Vrddhi derivative meaning practiser of tapas). The adjective tapasvín means wretched, poor, miserable, but... Lord Rama (center) with wife Sita, brother Lakshmana and devotee Hanuman. ...


Rama and Lakshmana first came across the hermitage of Ahalya on their way to Mithilapuri with Sage Vishwamitra. They enquired about the hermitage to the Sage who told them about Ahalya's story. What happened after this varies in different version of Ramayana . Brahmarishi Viswamitra is one of the seven venerated sages of Hindu mythology. ... The (Devanāgarī: ) is an ancient Sanskrit epic attributed to the poet Valmiki and is an important part of the Hindu canon (smṛti). ...

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Tulasi Das's version

Baba Tulasi Das's version of Ramayana is popularly known as Ramcharitamanas.


Gautama cursed Indra to become a eunuch. Then he turned towards Ahalya and cursed her to become a stone. After this Gautama left the hermitage.


Later after several years, Rama and Lakshmana while going to Mithilapuri with Sage Vishwamitra saw this hermitage. They enquired about the hermitage to the Sage who told them about Ahalya.


Rama and Lakshmana entered the hermitage and saw the stone in the mud. They touched the stone with their feet. The stone changed into the beautiful Ahalya who had become pure and understood her sins. She blessed Rama and Lakshmana and they left for their destination.


Valmiki version vs. Tulasi version

Valmiki was a contemporary of Rama and his version of the story (which is in fact the first version) is the authentic one. All other versions are "derivatives" of this version. Also, Valmiki's version is more scientific than Tulasi Das's version.


Other versions of this story

There are plenty more versions of Ramayana which present this story in various ways. Ezhuthachhan's (known as Father of Malayalam language) version (known as "Addhyatma Ramayanam Khilippattu") says Indra was cursed to have marks of female organ (vulva) on all parts of his body so that other people could understand his dirty thoughts. Kamban (renowned Tamil poet in his version says Indra was first cursed to bear marks of female organ on all parts of his body but later as he pleaded to Gautama, the rishi cursed him to have eyes on all parts of his body instead of marks of female organ. After this Indra came to be known as the "Thousand eyed God". Malayalam (മലയാളം ) is the language spoken predominantly in the state of Kerala, in southern India. ... The Tamil people are an ethnic group from South Asia with a recorded history going back more than two millennia. ... This article discusses the term God in the context of monotheism and henotheism. ...


External links

  • http://www.vedmandir.com

References

  • Valmiki Ramayan by Swami Jagadishwaranand Saraswati published by Vijayakumar Govindram and Sons publications.
  • "Ahalya" The Concise Oxford Dictionary of World Religions. John Bowker (Ed.) Oxford University Press, 2000.
  • Dictionary of Hindu Lore and Legend (ISBN 0-500-51088-1) by Anna Dhallapiccola
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THE LIFTING OF THE CURSE (5382 words)
It was the flesh of Ahalya turned stone by reason of her husband's curse.* It was a forest path unfrequented of men.
*Ahalya according to legend errs with Indra and is cursed to stone by her husband Gotama.
Ahalya was reluctant to move out of her hut into the sight of men.
Ahalya at AllExperts (582 words)
Ahalya (Sanskrit: अहल्या, ahalyā) was the wife of the sage Gautama Maharishi in the Hindu epic Ramayana.
After her adultery with the god Indra, Gautama cursed her to suffer tapas (austere penance); some versions of the story say she was made invisible or was turned to stone.
What happened to Ahalya after this (whether she was freed from curese or united with Gautama etc) is not mentioned in Valmiki's authentic version.
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