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Wikipedia provides the names of some of the "Brahmavadinis" (ब्रह्मवादिनी) or female scholars of ancient times, who studied topics related to brahman (ब्रह्म) and took part in debates and discussions about brahman (ब्रह्म) similar to how men participated.

Example:

Lopamudra, Ghosha, Sulabha, Maitreyi, Gargi etc.

Apart from the above names, are there any other female "Bhramvadinies" mentioned in any of the Vedic or Upanishadic literature or scripture?

I would also like to know in brief about their works (literature) and any stories associated with these women, if any are available.

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According to Brihad Devata, 2.82-84 Sanskrit Source and English Transliteration Source, there are several Brahmavadinis as follows:

Ghosa Godha Visvavara Apalopanisan Nisat ;

Brahmajaya Juhur nama, Agastyasya svasaditih. [82]

Indrani cendramata ca Sarama Romasorvasi;

Lopamudra ca Nadyas ca Yami nari ca Sasvati .[83]

Srir Laksa Sarparajnl Vak Sraddha Medha ca Daksina;

Ratrl Surya ca Savitrl brahmavadinya Iritah. [84]

  • Ghosa: Name of the authoress of RV 5.39 and RV 5.40
  • Godha: Name of the authoress of a Sāman Source
  • Visvavara: Name of the authoress of the hymn RV 5.28
  • Apala: Name of the authoress of the hymn RV 8.91
  • Upanisat
  • Nisat
  • Juhu Brahmajaya: Name of the authoress of the hymn RV 10.109
  • Agastyasya
  • Aditi: Name of the authoress of the hymn RV 4.18
  • Indrani: Name of the authoress of the hymn RV 10.86
  • Indramata
  • Sarama: Name of the reputed authoress of RV 10.108
  • Romasa: Name of the reputed authoress of RV 1.126,7
  • Oorvasi
  • Lopamudra: Name of the authoress of RV 1.179
  • Nadya
  • Yami
  • Sasvati: Name of the authoress of RV 8.1
  • Sri Lakshaa
  • Sarparajni
  • Vak
  • Sraddha
  • Medha
  • Daksina: Name of the authoress of RV 10.107
  • Ratri
  • Surya Savitri: Name of the authoress of RV 10.85

Except these, there are some others.

  • Vasukrapatni: Name of the authoress of the verse RV 10.28.1

I have also taken help from Hindupedia.com website.

  • @SwiftPushkar thanks I am still editing and will add that part too. – Triyugi Narayan Mani Oct 7 '16 at 11:02
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    Yes , nice find , i will also do the same ,with sources.:) – SwiftPushkar Oct 7 '16 at 11:03
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As already answered here, R. L. Kashyap in Essentials of Rig Veda lists about 30 ṛṣhikās (women seers of Rigveda) along with the verse numbers. The author also notes the list is not exhaustive.

Appendix

Women Ṛṣhis (ṛṣhikā) in the Rig Veda Samhitā

Aditi                   4.18

Aditirdākshāyaṇī        10.72

Agastyasvasā            10.60.6

Apālā Ātreyī            8.91

Dakshiṇā Prājapatyā     10.107

Godhā                   10.134

Goṣhā Kākshīvatī        10.39, 10.40

Indrāṇī                 10.86, 10.145

Indra-mātaraḥ           10.153

Jaritā Sharṇgā          10.142

Juhūrbrahmajāyā         10.109

Kāshyapī                9.104

Lopāmudrā               1.179

Rātrīrbhāradvājī        10.127

Romashā                 1.126

Suryā Sāvitrī           10.85

Saramā Devashunī        10.108

Sārparājnī              10.189

Sashvatyāṇgīrasī        8.1

Shachī Paulomī          10.159

Shradhdā Kāmāyānī       10.151

Sikatā Nivāvarī         9.86

Sudītīrangirasā         8.71

Tvaṣhṭa Garbhakartā     10.184

Urvashī                 10.95

Vāgambhṛṇī              10.125

Vasukrapatnī            10.28

Vishvavārā Ātreyī       5.28

Yamī Vaivasvatī         10.10

Yamī                    10.154

(The list is not exhaustive)
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    You shouldn't post same answer multiple times.. – The Destroyer Feb 21 at 6:59
  • Yeah, normally I don't but I didn't think both questions were exact duplicates. Do you have a link to any Meta.SE post that says we shouldn't? @TheDestroyer – sv. Feb 21 at 13:49

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