Originally posted by lucykaedei have an idea in mind for cvs.i want cvs to show anusuya committing sati(acc to a story),then mahadeva bashing this tradition and parvati regretting her decision.in this way dkdm will do another social work of bashing sati pratha.
howz my idea?
Widows having to commit Sati has, thankfully, been relegated to history pages. Certainly there's no need to bring focus to this non-issue when there are other, more relevant issues that can be highlighted, e.g- society's parochial attitude towards women.
As regards Anusuya...I am not aware of any story where she was forced to commit Sati. Her husband Rishi Atri was one of the Saptarishis. Did he ever die a human death ?
Certainly, she is regarded as a MahaSati- meaning -the foremost among pativrata women. She was the devoted and dedicated wife of Maharishi Atri - who according to legends was a difficult person to live with.
Her chastity helped her pass the test put by the Trinity Gods who asked her to serve them food without any clothes on her body. She sprinkled some water on them and summoning her powers of chastity, turned the three most powerful Gods into helpless human babes who were now at her mercy.
She is considered the mother of Lord Dattatreya and Rishis Durvasa and Patanjali.
She is considered the embodiment of chastity- hence she is referred to as Maha Sati. That doesn't mean she shed her body on her husband's funeral pyre.
But perhaps there is an obscure legend somewhere, which I am not aware of, wherein Rishi Atri is presumably dead and Anusuya unhesitatingly climbs on his pyre,. only to be rescued at the last moment. Is there such a story hidden in some local legend?