Skanda Purana: Sumedha and Somavan (Sanskrit)

  • Ruth Vanita


This story, from the Skanda Purana (compiled ca. 700–1150), is a variation on the familiar theme of the miraculous sex change. Set in the context of medieval devotion, it highlights the idea of the devotee being in a sense more powerful than the deity. The devotee’s powers of perception are able to transform a man into a woman, and not even a deity can undo the transformation.


Sexual Pleasure Male Couple Beautiful Woman Fragrant Substance Lotus Petal 
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© Ruth Vanita and Saleem Kidwai 2000

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