Pativratadharma, Pativratādharma, Pativrata-dharma: 1 definition


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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Pativratadharma in Purana glossary
Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Pativratādharma (पतिव्रताधर्म) refers to the “duty of a chaste lady”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.54 (“Description of the duties of the chaste wife”).—Accordingly, as a Brahmin lady said to Pārvatī: “[...] Lord Śiva, benefactor of the depressed, worthy of worship and the goal of the good shall be served by you always. The duty of a chaste lady (pativratādharma) is very important and it has been mentioned in the Vedas and Smṛtis. No other duty is so admirable as this. [...] O gentle lady, the chaste ladies can be divided into four classes. Even when they are remembered they dispel sins. The divisions comprise of the superior etc. They are superior, middling, inferior and very inferior. [...]”.

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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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