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Hinduism - Who Is Gautama? Why Did He Curse Ahalya And Indra?


Kashyapa, Bharadvaja, Vasishtha, Bhrgu, Atri, and Vishvamitra are the other seven sages whose names denote a clan "lineage" (gotra) in Hindu mythology.

All brahmins are said to be descended from these seven sages, with each family adopting their progenitor's name as their gotra name.

These gotra divides are still essential in current times, since marriage inside the gotra is prohibited.

After her marriage, a new bride takes her husband's gotra as part of her new identity.

Gautama is most known for being Ahalya's husband.

When he finds that the deity Indra has slept with Ahalya, he curses both his wife and Indra with a thousand vulvas on their bodies.

Both curses are eventually changed to make them less severe.

Ahalya is turned to stone, but when touched by the deity Rama's foot, she comes back to life, whilst Indra's body is covered with a thousand eyes.


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Hinduism And Hindu Theology - Who Is Ahalya?

Ahalya is the wife of the sage Gautama in Hindu mythology. 

  • Gautama's curse turns her into stone, but she is subsequently brought back to life by touching the deity Rama's foot. 
  • The deity Indra, who has a desire for Ahalya, is responsible for Gautama's curse. 
  • When Gautama walks to the river to bathe (snana), Indra assumes Gautama's body and travels to Ahalya with the intention of making love to her.
  • Whether Ahalya is aware of her lover's identity varies according to the accounts—in some, she is pleased by Indra's attention, while in others, she is truly misled. 
  • As a punishment for his desire, Gautama curses Ahalya to become a stone and Indra to have a thousand vaginas on his body. 
  • Gautama is eventually persuaded to change the curses such that Ahalya would stay a stone until Rama's foot touches her, and Indra will be covered in a thousand eyes instead. 

This tale mainly demonstrates the sages' ability to curse even the gods, but the various versions also show differing beliefs about women's character.

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