I am asking this question due to the confusion between popular notion in current society and the scriptural references.

Consider the following statement by Vyasa in the Mahabharatha

(The house-holder) should never summon his wife to bed except in her season.

[Section 243, Mokshadharma Parva, Santi Parva, The Mahabharata]

It is clearly saying that one can order the female partner to participate in sex during her menstrual cycle. And should not order her any other time. But, there is a popular (and also obvious) notion and some scriptural statements that women should not participate in sex during her season. Both seem contradictory to me.

Am I going wrong anywhere? Which one is correct?

Or any separate context is needed to understand in totality?

  • Order for sex? What's the original sanskrit word used? Order and summoning anyone, for sexual activity, doesn't seem a justified choice of words.
    – peace
    May 22 at 14:00
  • @Vivikta ह्वयते is the word learnsanskrit.cc/…
    – hanugm
    May 22 at 14:14
  • @Vivikta We can use the word called for instead of order or summon...
    – hanugm
    May 22 at 14:17
  • Even ur link says "Sixteen nights are the season of women"..so it's not her menstrual cycle, right?
    – YDS
    May 22 at 14:46
  • Maybe. Kind of iffy and contextual.
    – peace
    May 22 at 15:06

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