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I rouse and order battle for the people, I created Earth and Heaven and reside as their inner controller.On the world's summit I bring forth the Father: my home is in the waters, in the ocean.The early Upanishads are, however, generally silent about women and men, and focus predominantly about gender-less Brahman and its relation to Atman (Soul, Self). Brihadaranyaka Upanishad, composed about 800 BCE, for example, in the last chapter detailing the education of a student, include lessons for his Grihastha stage of life.There, the student is taught, that as a husband, he should cook rice for the wife, and they together eat the food in certain way depending on whether they wish for the birth of a daughter or a son, as follows, And if a man wishes that a learned daughter should be born to him, and that she should live to her full age, then after having prepared boiled rice with sesamum and butter, they should both eat, being fit to have offspring.The main female character in the Mahabharata, Draupadi is married to all the five Pandavas, thus has five husbands.She insults Duryodhana, one of the triggers for the great war.
The 10th chapter of the Rigveda, for example, asserts the feminine to be the supreme principle behind all of cosmos, in the following hymn called as Devi Sukta, I am the Queen, the gatherer-up of treasures, most thoughtful, first of those who merit worship.
I make the man I love exceeding mighty, make him nourished, a sage, and one who knows Brahman.
I bend the bow for Rudra that his arrow may strike and slay the hater of devotion.
Ancient and medieval era Hindu texts present a diverse picture of duties and rights of women in Hinduism.
The texts recognize eight kinds of marriage, ranging from father finding a marriage partner for his daughter and seeking her consent (Brahma marriage), to the bride and groom finding each other without parental participation (Gandharva marriage).In its first book, Dushmanta asks Sakuntala (above) to marry him for love, in Gandharva-style marriage, without the consent of their parents.