Indian Mythological stories are normally treated as religious stories and tales. They are not only tales which depict Gods and Goddesses but also reveal the most advanced science and philosophy of that time. There were characters in Indian Mythology who were way ahead of this time in philosophy of gender transformation, they didn’t just honor each other for goodness of the world but also subtly acknowledged third gender characters. Indian mythology offers a veritable journey of discovery. A bizarre cocktail of mutated genes and even more. Lets revisit the epics and find out few characters and tales who were way ahead of their time.
Ila or Sudyumna
It was a curse which made Ila a woman. He was a king and accidentally turned into a woman. Once Sudyumna had entered into a forest that was under the spell of Shiva. The spell would turn every male in the forest (except for Shiva) into a female. His female version was called Ila. Ila married to Budh and given birth to the founder of Lunar dynasty, after birthing a son she turned into a man permanently.
Shikhandi is most important character from epic Mahabharata. He was the son of Draupad and caused the death of Bhisma Pitamah. He was born as a man and even got married with a woman but later on he got aware of his interest and gender fluidity. Then he ran away to the forest and took Yaksha’s masculinity.
Lord Shiva and Mohini
Lord Shiva is well known for his Ardhanarishwar avatar. Apart from this do you know about the birth of Hanuman and Ayappa. They both had taken birth with the union of Lord Vishnu as Mohini and Lord Shiva. As per the Indian Mythology Lord Vishnu had formed himself as Mohini a beautiful female to deceive demons. Lord Vishnu revealed the truth Mohini’s existence when Lord Shiva desired to see her again.
Bahucharji Mata is the goddess of transgender. As per the Indiam Mythology Mata Bahucharji and her sister killed themselves by cutting their breasts to stay protected from an evil Bapiya. Mata Bahuchari cursed Bapiya to become impotent. To attain penance Bapiya worshipped Bahuchara Mata by dressing and behaving as a woman, thus ultimately shedding his masculinity.
Arjuna and Urvashi
Urvashi was attracted towards Arjuna and when Arjuna denied to fulfill her wishes she cursed Arjuna to become impotent for a year.
The King Bhagirath who represented river Ganga into goddess Ganga was born with two women. It could happen with the boon of Lord Shiva. Story starts when Sagara’s descendants died without an heir. King Sagara after he loses his 60,000 sons to Kapila sage’s wrath. Dilip’s two widows united sexually and in tenth month one of then given a birth to Bhagirath. He was born by two Bhagas so was named Bhagiratha. he was the son that finally brought the river down to earth and released the trapped souls of his ancestors.
As per the Indian Mythology Sage Brihashpati cursed Budha grih to be neither male nor a female.In this way he represent gender fluidity.
Indian Mythology is famous and trusted for its epic intriguing narratives. If it is to be believed then above all characters and stories clearly depicts that they were loaded with wisdom and way ahead from us.
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