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The concept of Panchakanya in Hinduism – Five Holy Virgins

Panchakanya is an important concept in Hinduism. Chanting the names of the Panchakanya, or five holy virgins, in the morning helps in sin redemption. The five virgins are Ahalya, Draupadi, Kunti, Tara and Mandodari.

This concept is based on famous Sanskrit Chant:

Ahalya Draupadi Kunti Tara Mandodari tatha
Panchakanya smaranityam mahapataka nashaka
(Ahalya, Draupadi, Kunti, Tara and Mandodari: constantly remembering these five virgins destroys greatest of troubles.)

We all know that the above said five women are not virgins. Kanya here refers to daughters.

How Panchakanya Helps in Sin Redemption?
These five daughters suffered a lot. There was no end to their suffering. It is believed that they will be able to understand the pains of human beings better.

So remembering them will help us in overcoming the troubles on earth. When we chant the shloka, we are remembered about their struggles. This will motivate us to overcome the pains we are facing on earth.

These five women went through all possible emotional and physical troubles. But in the end they all achieved moksha or liberation. They were not bogged down. They did the best in the situation. They were subjugated by a male dominated society. But they stood by their family and clan during the tiring times. They made sure that their family emerged victorious in the battles.

To all those suffering on earth, these five women are an inspiration. They are representatives of people on earth.