Cuḍālā

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By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Cudala, CuDAlA, Cudaalaa


Cuḍālā was the queen of Sikhidhvaja of Ujjayinī. Endowed with physical beauty and accomplishments in various arts and sciences, she spent a happy life with her husband for a few years.

The process of aging set her thinking about what is really permanent and unchanging in life. Through her own struggles she was able to attain spiritual enlightenment and also succeeded in teaching the same to her husband. The story is dealt with in detail in the Yogavāṣistha.[1] It intends to teach extreme form of Advaita Vedānta.

References

  1. Version of Rāmāyana
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore