Indian Daughter Complex
Poorna Sreekumar

Even five thousand years ago, Indian daughters had lesser filial piety

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Daksha is a Sanskrit word said to be a Prajapati or one of the Brahma’s sons. The equivalent meaning in English is “competent.” One of the daughters of Prajapati (often said to be the youngest) was Sati or Dakshayani, who had always wished to marry Shiva. Daksha forbade it, but Sati disobeyed him and did so anyway, finding in Shiva a doting and loving husband. Daksha disliked Shiva intensely, calling him a dirty, roaming ascetic and reviling the great yogi’s cohort of goblins and ghouls.

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The Mahabharata/Book 1: Adi Parva/Section LXV

Daksha Yagna[edit]

Main article: Daksha yaga

Daksha Yagna was an important turning point in the creation and development of sects in Hinduism like Shaktism and Shaivism. It is the story behind the ‘Stala Purana’ (Origin story of Temples) of Shakti Peethas. There are 51 Shakti Peethas shrines all over South Asia. The story made Shree Parvati in the place ofSati Devi and lead to the story of Ganesha and Subrahmanya.

.Daksha organised a huge yaga and intentionally avoided Shiva and Sati. Even though discouraged by Shiva, who told her not to go to a function where she and her husband was uninvited; the personal bondage with her parents made Sati ignore social etiquette and her husband’s wishes. Sati without Shiva went to the ceremony. She was snubbed by Daksha and insulted by him in front of the guests. Sati unable to bear further insult ran into the Sacrificial fire and immolated herself. Shiva upon knowing the terrible incident in his wrath invoked Virabhadra and Bhadrakali by plucking a lock of hair and thrashing it on the ground. Virabhadra and Bhoota ganas marched south and destroyed all the premises. Daksha was decapitated and theyagnja shaala was devastated in the rampage. The Bhutaganas’ celebrated victory by plucking the beard of ‘Presiding Master’ of the yagnja, Sage Bhrigu as a war souvenir. Daksha was later forgiven and given life by fixing a ram (Male Goat)’s head and the yagna was allowed to complete, with the presence of all the divinity.

The story continues by the act of Vishnu in pacifying Shiva, who was in deep grief in seeing the half burned corpse of his beloved wife. Vishnu embraced Shiva to pacify him. Shiva unable to part with Sati took her corpse and wandered. The body parts of the corpse of Sati Devi fell in the places Shiva travelled. The places where the body parts Sati Devi’s corpse fell came to be known as Shakti Peethas.[12][13]ample

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