Homosexuality And Hinduism In Ancient India

The Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code states – “Whoever voluntarily has carnal intercourse against the laws of nature with any man, woman or animal shall be punished with imprisonment for life.”

However, due to tremendous support for granting of the ‘gay-rights’, this section was put off with immediate effect by the Delhi High Court thereby legalising consensual homosexual activities between adults. Owing to the dismay of many Indian communities towards this decision, the Supreme Court overruled the judgement of the High Court and the matter is again left untouched.

But what do you say when the beautifully preserved heritage of the Hindu Mythology supports ‘same-sex’ relationships? Can you deny the facts that prove its existence in history?

The tragic tale of ‘Aravan’

Aravan is known to be the son of Arjuna and Ulupi who had to be sacrificed to let the Pandavas win the Mahabharat war. However, he did not want to die unmarried and no woman wanted to marry a man who was about to die the next day. So Lord Krishna took his female form, Mohini and married Aravan. He also slept with him a whole night and the next day mourned for him as he became his widow.

Lord Shiva and the Mohini avatar of Lord Vishnu

An old tale describes Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati when once visit Lord Vishnu, Shiva asks Vishnu to take his very gorgeous Mohini avatar. When Shiva sees the elegant Mohini, he is overcome by lust and envies Parvati by chasing Mohini. And from the coupling of Shiva and Mohini, Maha-Sastha is born.

From the Vedic religion, this is Lord Buddha (the planet Mercury)

It is said in the Vedas that the planet Mercury (Lord Buddha) is neither male nor female. Brihaspati (Lord Jupiter) discovers that his wife, Tara (Goddess of stars) is pregnant with the son of her lover, Chandra (Moon God) and so he curses the child in the womb. The son Buddha later marries a man Ila, who becomes a woman when he walks into a forest.

The tale from the Ramayana

It is said in the Ramayana that in order to taste Ravana, the Rakshasa women would kiss each other on the lips.

The story about the witty Lord Narada

In order to understand Lord Vishnu’s Maya, Lord Narada baths into a lotus pond as his guide asked him to do so. When he comes out of the pond, he gets transformed into a beautiful woman and forgets his past. He even marries a king, lives his life as a queen and even had children!

The son of Lord Shiva and Mohini

The female avatar of Lord Vishnu, Mohini is worshipped throughout the Indian culture and known to be the gorgeous forms of the deity. It is a surprise because in the Shiva Purana, the birth of Lord Hanuman is traced to be from Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu (Mohini).

These sculptures also have clear signs.

Have a look at this sculpture in the temples of Khajuraho.

And the evergreen tale of the ‘Kamasutra’

The Hindu Mythology has illustrations in the Rigveda, which say that what is unnatural is also natural. It has references to homosexuality. And moreover, we have the ‘Kamasutra’ as the Indian treatise on sex which depicts homosexuality without any hypocrisy.

What do you say about this?

This erotic carving is also a part of the many sculptures which prove that homosexuality already had its roots in India.

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