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Women In The Sacred Laws
Kulapati's Preface The Author
Foreword Prologue
The Dharma Sutras Contemporary Evidence
The Manu - Samhita The Later Law-Books
Digest On Hindu Law Espirit Des Lois
Major Sections

CONTEMPORARY EVIDENCE

He next comes to the audience hall of the king. Behind it are the apartments, of the Princesses or Kanyapuram.

We find this forming a part of the Antahpura and not outside it, as is implied by bahih in Kautilya’s description of the women’s apartments.

This custom of assigning separate, quarters to princesses was abolished by Vatsyayana’s time; for although Vatsyayana gives details of the construction of an Antahpura, he mentions no Kanyapuram. Here in Bhasa it is strictly guarded.

In Svapna-Vasavadatta Bhasa mentions many Antahpura. Udayana, the King of the Vatsas, inquires of the Messenger who came from his father-in-law - ‘My mother-in-law, the chief among, the sixteen queens, is she well ?'

Special aspects of the life of young maidens in a royal family are revealed in two places : one with reference to Princess Vasavadatta in the Minister’s Vow, another in Avimaraka. When Vasavadatta went to worship at tile shrine of the holy Yakshini, she went with her nurse in an open palanquin.

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