Avantini in Mahabharata | Wife of Shalya

Avantini was the wife of Shalya, the king of Madra Kingdom, and they had three children. She was the princess of the Avanti kingdom. Her sister-in-law was Madri who was the wife of the Hastinapur King Pandu. She was a chaste, beautiful and good natured woman, and she remained as a dutiful wife throughout her life time. She shown great affection on the Pandavas, and she was a sincere devotee of Lord Krishna. She was the friend of Draupati, Rukmani and Satyabama.

In the great epic Mahabharata, there are lot of holy female characters like Ma Draupati, Ma Gandhari and Ma Rukmani. Similar to these noble characters, Ma Avantini lived a pious life, and treated all the people in her kingdom as her children. When Shalya decided to join on the side of Kauravas, it was Ma Avantini who stopped him from doing that act. But since he has already promised Duryodana, he participated in the Kurukshetra war, and finally he was killed by Yudhishtra. After the death of Shalya, Ma Avantini entered into the pyre of her husband, and died. After her death, she went to the abode of Lord Indra, the Swarga Loka along with her husband, Shalya.

Ancient women were considered as precious Gems, due to their chastity, generosity and adjustability. We can take Ma Vasuki as a good example for ancient chaste women, who lived before 2000 years. She contains very good qualities, and she used to move obediently with her consort Valluvar. She never spilled even a single piece of rice while offering food to him, and whenever she hears his sound, she immediately stops her work and would attend to him urgently. That’s why after her death, she has become a powerful Devata, and she is still showering her grace on to her devotees, and she is worshipped as “MA VASUKI AMMAN”.

Ma Kannagi who has lost her husband Kovalan due to an incorrect judgement given by the Pandiyan King, had burnt the entire city of Madurai, through the fire of her chastity, and due to that, she has been called as “KANNAGI AMMAN”, and she is still worshipped by lakhs and lakhs of her devotees throughout India.


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