Usually Hindu scriptures have stressed at woman being subservient to their husbands and they can never be independent et cetera.

The reason behind this must be because (especially in that ancient times) a husband looks for all goods and bads of his wife, so if a woman is subservient to husband then also she can attain higher levels. [At least in my opinion]

But, these days women are as capable as men (and they always were, even at that ancient time). And moreover, it is not even a fight of gender or inequality. It is a moral thing that women and men are equal.

Anyways, so, this "Woman cannot be independent" has been a great source of support to Anti-Hindus or Anti-Religion people to refute Religion, and Hinduism also.

So, have there been mentions that women should worship God and become independent?

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    FYI, the Indian govt. only recently (2005) gave Hindu women rights to inheritance on par with men via the The Hindu Succession (Amendment) Act. Maybe the reasoning until the govt. intervened was that unlike men, women could become independent without relying on any inheritance! Dec 19 '17 at 17:06

Yes. Women must also take shelter to God and become independent.

Devi Bhagawatam, 8 Book, Chapter 9
स्त्रियो व्रतैस्त्वां हृषीकेश्वरं स्वतो
ह्याराध्य लोके पतिमाशासतेऽन्यम् ।
तासां न ते वै परिपान्त्यपत्यं
प्रियं धनायूंषि यतोऽस्वतन्त्राः ॥ १२ ॥
स वै पतिः स्यादकुतोभयः स्वतः
समन्ततः पाति भयातुरं जनम् ।
स एक एवेतरथा मिथो भयं
नैवात्मलाभादधिमन्यते परम् ॥ १३ ॥
या तस्य ते पादसरोरुहार्हणं
न कामयेत्साखिलकामलम्पटा ।
तदेव रासीप्सितमीप्सितोऽर्चितो
यद्‍भग्नयाञ्चा भगवन् प्रतप्यते ॥ १४ ॥

Lakshmi worships Vishnu thus-
The women that know Thee, the Lord of all and worship other bodies for their husbands, then those husbands can never save them, their lives, their wealth, progeny or other dear things, as they are controlled by Time and Karma.
Thou art the Real Husband; and no other. For Thou art naturally fearless and Thou protectest in every way the persons that become afraid. Thou art the Lord of all wealth so no other is superior to Thee. How can then, they be independent whose happiness depends on others. The lady that desires to worship Thy lotus feet only and becomes subservient to no others, she attains all the desires. Again the lady who, desiring other things than to get Thee, does not worship Thy lotus feet, Thou fulfillest the desires of her too. But, O Bhagavaan! When the period of enjoyment of these things ceases and when the objects of these enjoyments are destroyed, then she repents much due to the loss of those things.

  • Where does above quote say women can become independent?
    – The Destroyer
    Jan 21 '18 at 8:43
  • @TheDestroyer "The lady that worships thy lotus feet an becomes subservient to no other attains all desire."
    – user12826
    Jan 22 '18 at 9:05
  • @TheDestroyer I get your point what you mean to ask. Yes, the answer says an independent woman attains everything, but it does not specifically tell women to actually get dependent- this you may be doubting. Well, I think I was also in too much hurry to just tick the answer. Hope someone else will answer soon.
    – user12826
    Jan 22 '18 at 9:10

dear friend may be i could help you out. The great scholar yagnawalkya said to his wife maitreyi:—

One should indeed see, hear, understand and meditate over the Self, O Maitreyi; indeed, he who has seen, heard, reflected and understood the Self – by him alone the whole world comes to be known.

—  Brihadaranyaka Upanishad 2.4.5b

And as per respects see this:—

"Women must be honored and adorned by their fathers, brothers, husbands, and brothers‑in‑law, who desire their own welfare. Where women are honored, there the gods are pleased; but where they are not honored, no sacred rite yields rewards. Where the female relations live in grief, the family soon wholly perishes; but that family where they are not unhappy ever prospers. The houses on which female relations, not being duly honored, pronounce a curse, perish completely, as if destroyed by magic. Hence men who seek (their own) welfare, should always honor women on holidays and festivals with (gifts of) ornaments, clothes and (dainty) food."

—(Manu Smriti III.55-59)

and see what itself bhishma says:—

Grandfather Bhishma explained: "O ruler of the earth (Yuddhisthira) the lineage in which daughters and the daughters- in-law are saddened by ill treatment, that lineage is destroyed. When out of their grief these women curse these households, such households lose their charm, prosperity and happiness."

—( Mahabharata, Anushashanparva, 12.14)

And for god worship see :—

"Yea, many a woman is more firm and better than the man who turns away from Gods, and offers not."

—(Rig-Veda , 5.61.6)

means women too have been worshiping gods.

source:— https://www.stephen-knapp.com/women_in_vedic_culture.htm

And you need to know that even vedic richas (hymns too) are writtten by women too. like -gargi, maitreyi etc.

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    Not answering the question
    – user9554
    Dec 19 '17 at 15:25
  • what more is required i quoted how the womens were indipendent and even the households are not subordinate but equal. Worship of gods along with vedas are too allowed. Dec 19 '17 at 15:32
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    Great effort Fiercelord. But as @Parikshitha said, there is a lack of direct answer. The citations by you are quite much about greatness or equality of women. But my question is something else.
    – user12826
    Dec 19 '17 at 16:02
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    @prikshitha thanks because, of you i got those verses of atharvaveda which really does not exist were deleted. Dec 19 '17 at 18:16
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    And @Anurag singh sorry but may be in future i would be updating my answer. Dec 19 '17 at 18:16

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