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Amrapali: The Most Beautiful Woman in the World History
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Who was Amrapali?
Amrapali of Vaishali democracy (Presently in Bihar state) in ancient India was the most beautiful woman of the world. She was the best in the league of most beautiful women in the world likes of Cleopatra, Monalisa, and Nefertiti. She is the all-time best. She is the only woman in the history who had been forced to prostitution by state order.
Amrapali was born in Vaishali, the ancient democratic state of India to an unknown parent. Someone found her beneath a mango tree. He and her wife adopted her as their daughter. Mango is Amra in the Sanskrit language thus she was named Amrapali.
She had grown up in her youth with a magnificent look. She had a milk like white skin, her lips were as red as a pomegranate, her chicks were like the roses, she had a nose like a parrot, she had a lotus eye, her neck was long as a crane. Her legs and hands were long and slim. Her fingers were like the brush of an artist. Her naval was compared with the depth of a lake. There are tons of description of her beauty in ancient and medieval Sanskrit texts.
No doubt, she was the most beautiful woman of the world. As she stepped into her youth people of Vaishali state became crazy of her. Everybody wanted to marry her. Her beauty made the city mad.
People started coming with proposals to her parents. The Lords, merchants, senators, generals of army everyone had only one wish.....get Amrapali. Her parents were perturbed with flooded proposals. They could not decide anything about her marriage.
The poor fellows, what could they do? If they decide in favor of anyone others would be angry and could create a problem for them. Her beauty became her greatest enemy.
Sacrifice of Amrapali to save unity of Vaishali, her country
Vaishali was a democracy in ancient India. The parliament of Vaishali was also informed of the same. Members of the democratic parliament sat to discuss the issue. There was a real threat to the democracy and the nation in this issue. They saw danger while viewing with foresight. They discussed and debated long. Every member put his own view. After long sessions, they came with a unanimous decision.
Parliament of Vaishali took a unique and historical decision. It decided to make her a prostitute. It was dangerous to hand over Amrapali to anyone. Others would not accept it easily. It would break the unity of Vaishali, the most powerful democracy of ancient India.
Amrapali was forced to be a Nagar (city) Vadhu (wife) that means a prostitute, by order of Parliament. She sacrificed her wishes, her married and family life in order to save the unity of her country.
Unique!!! Her sacrifice was.
Everybody was then permitted to meet with and to make love with her. She was not only the most beautiful but also an expert in dance and music. She entertained Lords and mass, rich and poor, braves and cowards, everyone.
Amrapali - Neel Gagan Ki Chhaon Mein
Amrapali and Emperor Shrenik
Fragrance of her beauty, her art, her intelligence and skill in dance and music spread crossing borders of her state.
Shrenik, the bhambhasara, Emperor of powerful Magadha (Presently in Bihar state in India) dynasty was attracted to her. As Vaishali was an enemy of Magadha, it was difficult for him to come and meet with her. But he found himself unable to resist from meeting this heavenly beauty of Vaishali. He came to Vaishali in a disguise and made love with Amrapali.
Emperor Shrenik offered Amrapali to make her Empress of Magadha. Amrapali denied being her Empress because she knew that her state Vaishali would never accept it. This marriage could trigger a battle between two powerful dynasties the mighty Magadha and the brave Vaishali. Being refused Shrenika came back broken heart to his capital Rajagriha. Later on, Ajatshatru also loved and wanted to marry her. He was the son of emperor Shrenik who became emperor of Magadh killing his father.
Amrapali was not mentally satisfied in spite of comfort and luxury provided by the state. She never liked to be a prostitute. She hated this life. She wanted to live a normal peaceful life.
Vaishali and Magadh
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Amrapali in Bhikkhuni Sangh of the Buddha
In between, Gautama, Prince of Kapilavastu, initiated. He sacrificed all earthly comforts and luxury in search of eternal peace. He attained enlightenment after long years of austerity.
He became the Buddha, Gautama, the Buddha. He started preaching Ariyo atthangiko maggo, the eight-fold path of spirituality. He started teaching Vipassana meditation, the path of Sheela, Samadhi, and Panyya. His preaching attracted large numbers of people. Magadha, Vaishali, Kashi, Kosala all the states of ancient India was flooded with his followers.
Amrapali heard of the Buddha and of his preaching. She wanted to meet him and to listen to his enlightened doctrines. She managed to do so and became his devotee. She proposed The Buddha to take her in his Sangha as a bhikkhuni (Nun), but the Buddha refused to do so. He told her that there was no arrangement for bhikkhuni in the Sangha. Only bhikkhus (monks) are allowed in the Sangha.
Amrapali asked boldly why the arrangement was like that. The Buddha replied that a woman could break the sanctity of the monks. Amrapali again argued with courage whether the monks of the Buddha were so weak that they could break their vow if in touch with a woman? Buddha could not reply and took the most beautiful woman in his Sangha.
Amrapali was posted as the head of the Bhikkhuni Sangha of the Buddha
Amrapali in map
Amrapali, the most beautiful woman of the world born and brought up in Vaishali, ancient democracy in India.
Shrenik, the Bhambhasar was the emperor of Magadh, in the sixth century BC. He fall in love with Amrapali, the most beautiful woman of the world.