Brahmavadini

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Brahmavadini or "an expounder of the Veda" are those women who composed any hymns of the Vedas [1] The prominent among them were Lopamudra, Vishwawara, Sikta, Ghosha and Maitreyi.

Maitreyi, (the wife of Yajnavalkya) is accredited with about ten hymns in Rig Veda[2]

Two suktas (hymns) of the tenth Mandala (book) of Rigveda, 39 and 40, each containing 14 verses, have been attributed to Ghosha.[2] The first hymn praises the Ashvins. The second hymn is a personal wish expressing her intimate feelings and desires for married life.

Lopamudra was the wife of the sage Agastya.[2] A hymn in the Rigveda is attributed to her.

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  1. ^ The Sanskrit text brahmavadini is the female of brahmavadi. According to Monier-Williams’s Sanskrit-English Dictionary, "brahmavādín" means ‘discoursing on sacred texts, a defender or expounder of the Veda, one who asserts that all things are to be identified with Brahman’. It doesn't means "one who speaks like God".
  2. ^ a b c "Vedic Women: Loving, Learned, Lucky!". Retrieved 2006-12-24.