The Hindu tradition, one of the last surviving planetary traditions that honor the sacred feminine, can help women recover the sacred aspect of the menstrual process.
Ayurveda recognizes menstruation as a physiological process and like other physiological processes, it is also governed by the actions of the Doshas.
Yogic literature perceives menstruation as a physiological process that is deeply connected with the Apana Vayu
Hinduism harmoniously integrates various elements of Ashaucha, austerity, purification, rest, sacredness, and celebration into menstruation process and practices, and facilitates women to attain overall well-being.
The monthly periods are understood as a form of austerity and self-purification in Hinduism
Calling menstruation as Ashaucha, does not degrade women nor make them inferior. It is a temporary state of impurity, that a woman enters purifies her and makes her remain ever pure.
In part one of a series about menstruation in culture, Nithin Sridhar writes about different views on menstruation around the world.
Women in the form of Prakruti have an established position in the Sanatan Dharma and also in the Puranic scriptures.
This is a brief tour report of the 14 city tour to promote Nithin Sridhar’s book ‘Menstruation Across Cultures: A Historical Perspective’ and speak about traditional knowledge and cultural practices related to menstruation. The tour was organized by Indic Academy as part of its initiatives to promote Indic authors and books that enunciate Indic knowledge. .
The whole issue of menstruation and related matters came to the fore during the recent Supreme Court Judgement which allowed women of the reproductive age to enter the sacred hill…