Padma Purana: Arjuni (Sanskrit)

  • Ruth Vanita
  • Kumkum Roy


The Padma [Lotus] Purana is a Vaishnava text (ca. twelfth century) devoted to the worship of Shri Krishna, incarnation of Vishnu. The Shri Krishna of this text is the god of full-blown medieval Vaishnavism, he whose erotic sport in Braja with Radhika and her friends, the cowherd women, represents the union of the divine with the human spirit.


Twelfth Century Western Lake Betel Leaf American Oriental Society Vedic Ritual 
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    For instance, Robert P. Goldman, “Transsexualism, Gender and Anxiety in Traditional India,” Journal of the American Oriental Society 113: 3 (July–September 1993): 374–401, mentions various accounts of Naradas transformation into a woman in his exhaustive list of sex change stories in ancient mythological texts but fails to mention Arjunas sex change.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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  • Kumkum Roy

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