Goddesses of India

Ancient India is known for a lot of things. Women’s liberation is not one among them. On one hand the womenfolk were worshiped as goddesses and on the other, they were seen as nothing more than domestic slaves. There is however, still one glory that you can’t deny India. It is the ¬†fact that there have always been women who broke the chains of servitude to carve their name in history and the men who always encouraged and supported women to reach for the stars.

As I read this in a social media post, I couldn’t think of a better way to wish all you lovely womenfolk a very happy women’s day.

“May the fire inside of you burn stronger than the storm surrounding you.”

Here is a small collection of my favorite women in Tamil sculptural heritage for this Women’s day.

Gajalakshmi, Gangaikonda Cholapuram, 11th Century AD
Gnana Saraswati, Gangaikonda Cholapuram, 11th Century AD
Gnana Saraswati, Gangaikonda Cholapuram, 11th Century AD
Vishnu Durga, Melpadi, 11th Century AD
Unknown Chola Queen, Kumbakonam, 9th Century AD
Gaja Lakshmu, Mahabalipuram, 7th Century AD
The Warrior, Mahabalipuram, 7th Century AD (yes we had women warriors with six pack abs too)
Durga & Thavvai, Kanchipuram, 8th Century AD
Kottravai, Mahabalipuram, 7th Century AD
Vishnu Durga, Thirukazhukundram, 12th Century AD