Gārgi Vācaknavi

From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Gargi Vacaknavi, GArgi VAcaknavi, Gaargi Vaacaknavi


Gārgī, daughter of Vacaknu, was the only woman-sage who was present in the court of the king Janaka. She questioned Yājñavalkya, the greatest exponent of the knowledge of Brahman of his times, about the warp and woof that links all the things. Her learning is representative of the high intellectual standard of the women of the upper classes during the age of the Upaniṣads.


References

  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore