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Amrapali: The most beautiful woman in the world history

Updated on April 29, 2016

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Amrapali Photo as shown in movie poster Style 1
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Amrapali Photographs in Jaipur Gem and Jewelry show
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Amrapali Photo as shown in movie poster Style 2

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.

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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.


Tumhe Yaad Karte Karte - Amrapali

Vaishali and Magadh

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Rajgir (Rajgriha) was the capital of Emperor Shrenik, Magadh. Shrenik fall in love with Amrapali.

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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

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Amrapali, the most beautiful woman of the world born and brought up in Vaishali, ancient democracy in India.

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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.

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      Jyoti Kothari 2 years ago from Jaipur

      Hi Aesta,

      Thanks for your comment. From which culture do you belong to?

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      Mary Norton 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks for the introduction to this beautiful woman. I am always interested to read about characters in other cultures.

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      Jyoti Kothari 2 years ago from Jaipur

      Hi Prasad,

      Thanks for commenting. I agree with you.

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      Dr.S.P.PADMA PRASAD 2 years ago from Tumkur

      A good write up on A beautiful lady, the last film on whom had made us frequently look at the wall posters of movie halls during our younger days. yes,that was the immortal picture in which Vyjayanthimala played the role.

      Much authentic details are not available on her. Historical novels mentioned by you have good amount of author's imagination in them.

      In replay to one of the reader's comments, i wish to mention that, in Jain tradition, Ajata shatru is the son of Shrenik

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      Jyoti Kothari 3 years ago from Jaipur

      Kanchan,

      Ashoka was not the son of Bimbisar but of Bindusar. Bindusar was son of Chandragupta Mourya. Period of Bimbisar is 300 years prior to that of Ashoka. Pl do not be confused.Ashoka the great

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      Kanchan Kumar De 3 years ago

      Mr Jyoti, Mr Arunendra Singh wrote to u in letter "Bimbisar had a son with Amropali called Asoka the great emperor." Plese explain on this point so that my doubt will be clear. Thanks. Kanchan Kumar De.

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      Kanchan Kumar De 3 years ago

      Mr Jyoti, Mr Arunendra Singh wrote to u in letter "Bimbisar had a son with Amropali called Asoka the great emperor." Plese explain on this point so that my doubt will be clear. Thanks. Kanchan Kumar De.

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      Bharat Bajaj 3 years ago

      Awesome story..really heart touching too. What her parents must have gone through and she also..

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      kanchan kr de 4 years ago

      Mr Jyothi, I was really in earch to know about the life of AMROPALI .I a m grateful to you. But i heard that king Ajatsatru also loved Amropali and attacked Vaishali to get her. King Ajatsatru was the son of Bimbisar. On this point can you write something so that actual truth will comeout.

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      dhiresh kr. thakur 5 years ago

      i am en engineer, i went to vaishali and came to know about amrapali then i serched on google and came to know abt her... i really found it very interesting. thank you for this article

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      Sheepsquatch 5 years ago from Springfield, MO

      This was a very interesting hub. The culture of India and ancient India is very different from my own.

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      himanshu kumar 5 years ago

      this is very precise knowldge about most beautiful lady in ancient democrate in world that was great state of bihar who still live in our mind thanks 4 great expction about it.

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      Reetika 5 years ago

      it is true that we can find true beauty like amrapali only in India.she was the queen of beauty without any make up.

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      pramita kastha 5 years ago

      Amrapali is the most beautiful woaman in the world.I like her beauty very much.

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      asit sinha 5 years ago

      any one know how did Amrapali die?

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      Balesh Jain 5 years ago

      Shrenik was able to manage to pass a night with Amarpali and a son was born out of this union. His name was Vimal Koddaj. For refrence please see "Hindu Civilization" by Dr.R.K. Mukarji and works of Dr.Bharat Singh Upadhyay on Buddhist period.

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      scony walter 5 years ago

      i guess there are some historical pannels available in meusm if you could plz put up the pictures of it if available.....Thank you....

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      scony walter 5 years ago

      thank you this helped me complete my research..........

      added more information in my research.....

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      suvash gayen,bangladesh 5 years ago

      Very intersting story.thanks 4 your creatyion

      S.Gayen

      Bangladesh

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      arup sur 5 years ago

      thanks Mr Jyothi for this article. i only have little doubt. i read long ago that the parliament decided to make her nagar nati(dancer) not bahdu(wife). the word nagar nati , came only after her appointment. obviously you have more knowledge and document but i doubt that no govt or king(if he is Hindu by heart) cant do this.

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      Sam 5 years ago

      Hi Jyothi,

      Is ashoka born for amrapali, can you please give any historical source for it

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      Rakesh 6 years ago

      nice article..Beauty is an aesthetic consideration. When judging beauty, it's appropriate to think in terms of the whole personality...hwvr the rest of the world remained rude to her...she sustained the worst with dignity.

      never knew b4 tat, such a beautiful girl ever lived..really she z the most admirable...!!

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      Vrushali 6 years ago

      very nice article...did not know this much about the ancient Indian beauty and her life...

      thanks for sharing knowledge...

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      Anoop Trehan 6 years ago

      is that story true? any historic evidence? as i consider this was an old movie story starrer vajintimala & sunil dutt

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      jyoti 6 years ago

      really grt, lucky girl she was such a beautiful and world was crazy for her

      but unlucky too dat she couldn't live normal life.......

      i wish i could saw her live

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      lakum parth 6 years ago

      dear jyoti sir, i m an engg student.i love history and mythology oh india.i m so touched by this article.really amrapali was a woman of substance.......please upload her ancient paintings or pictures if possible..

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      lakum parth 6 years ago

      i really wish to see such an iconic lady,buty....there were such a great ladies in india......

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      eventsyoudesign 6 years ago from Nashville, Tennessee

      I love this article. I like learning about other countries history and culture. You have created another fabulous hub. Thanks for sharing. Teresa

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      Jyoti Kothari 6 years ago from Jaipur

      Hi Ciprian,

      Thanks for your comment. Romania has close relationship with India.

      Amrapali shaped Indian history in her own way as Vaishali and Magadh (Presently in Bihar state) were the most important dynasties in ancient India.

      Thanks again,

      Jyoti Kothari

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      Ciprian 6 years ago

      Very intersting indeed.I`m writing you from Romania, a very far away country by India, but this is not important, the good stories united us, wherever the world! Thank, I surely enriched my general culture.

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      6 years ago

      Thanks a lot, so nice history!) so beautiful, thanks and gratitude. from Buenos Aires , Argentina in Sudamerica.

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      Bimbsar Singh 7 years ago

      wish to more about King Bimbsar for the same i am surfing and landed to this page, it will be pleasure to know more about Bimbsar .

      Regards

      Bimbsar Singh

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      Bimbsar Singh 7 years ago

      thanks alot for recollecting data of ancent history in better way for all .

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      Devashish Yadav 7 years ago

      Very nice work sir!! If you don't mind please answer the question related to Amrapali on Yahoo answers.

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      Jyoti Kothari 7 years ago from Jaipur

      Hi RD Dixit,

      Thanks for your comment. I agree, spirituality drove the last part of her life.

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      rd dixit 7 years ago

      This is all because of a burning craze for spirituality. May it be a nagarbadhu or ordinary woman. She aspired for the ultimate goal of this vacuous life.

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      Jyoti Kothari 7 years ago from Jaipur

      Hi Raj,

      Thanks for visiting and commenting on this hub.

      Jyoti Kothari

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      raj aryan 7 years ago

      thanx

      it is really great to know about the great lady of Vaishali

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      Jyoti Kothari 7 years ago from Jaipur

      Hi Arunendra,

      Thanks for visiting the hub and commenting on it. You have added value to the story of Amrapali by furnishing some historical data.

      However, Ashok was not the son of Bhambhsar Shrenik but of Bindusar. Bindusar was the son of Emperor Chandragupta who born at least after 200 tears from Shrenik, the Bhmbhsar.

      Thanks,

      Jyoti Kothari

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      Arunendra singh 7 years ago

      Dear Mr. Jyoti,

      you have included the Amrapali story in beautiful way.Also please manage to edit that her mother Arya Matangi was the Lover of two persons - are - A) Srenik Bimbsar ( the Magadh Emperor ) and B) Arya Pt. Varshkar ( the Maha Amatya - Prime Minister) of Bimbsar. Amrpali was daughter of Varshkar and there was a son from Bimsar Name - Som Prabh who was unknowingly appointed as Senapati ( Chief Commander) of Bimbsar. Bimbsar loved Amrapali and had a son who was Lord Ashoka after wards.

      Regards to you,

      Arunendra Singh

      Lucknow.

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      Jyoti Kothari 7 years ago from Jaipur

      Hi Dr. Sandhu,

      Thanks for your thought provoking comment. Every thing has its own pros and cons, so with Amrapali.

      She wanted to marry a man. However, she could not decide her own fate. She sacrificed her life to save national interest.

      This adds to her beauty.

      Thanks,

      Jyoti Kothari

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      Dr Madhu Sandhu 7 years ago

      The tragic fate of a woman?

      If she marry a man, she might be cursed to loose her name, beauty, respect,personality, intellect etc

      &

      If she becomes a nagarvadhu_ a pros for higher class people_ she can remain young and alive for centuries.

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      Jyoti Kothari 8 years ago from Jaipur

      Hi Kalini,

      My sources are "Buddhacharita" and "Vaishali ki Nagarvadhu". a novel by Acharya Chatursen Shashtri.

      Both have depicted Amrapali nicely. Moreover, I am a practitioner of Vipassana meditation and sourced some from those texts.

      Thanks,

      Jyoti Kothari

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      kalini 8 years ago

      Dear Sir,

      I am a student of archaeology. The film version of Amrapali is very different from Amarchitrakatha Amrapali (closer to your version and Buddhacharita. From where have you got your information? I would like to know the original source of it. Could you please help me? My e-mail is kalinikhandwalla@yahoo.com

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      Anjali 8 years ago

      Jyoti,

      This is a fantastic one. How this most beautiful dancer turned into a nun! Amazing. I had been once to Bihar but never to Vaishali. I really regret now. i have missed opportunity to visit the place of most beautiful woman.

      You have reported well about Vipassana meditation. I know some people who are practicing vipassana. They are quiet and calm people.

      Anjali

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      Jyoti Kothari 8 years ago from Jaipur

      Dear countrywomen,

      Any one who gives up earthly desires and move to spiritual path finds peace and happyness like Amrapali. Wish the same for you and all.

      Jyoti Kothari

      http://vardhamangems.webs.com

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      countrywomen 8 years ago from Washington, USA

      I have seen that movie. Finally Amrapali found peace and happiness. Thumbs up for a good hub.

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      Jyoti Kothari 8 years ago from Jaipur

      Dear Divyani,

      If you can read Hindi Please refer to Vaishali Ki Nagar Vadhu by Narendra Kohli.

      Thanks,

      Jyoti Kothari,

      http://vardhamangems.webs.com

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      divyani 8 years ago

      thanx a lot jyoti for providing this piece of information. I am searching for such beautiful stories of indian culture to make a fiction. could u plz help me to find more about her ... It's a great story of loving heart of a women who can bear anything to give love and happiness to others. Hats off to such beautiful divine souls.

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      Jyoti Kothari 9 years ago from Jaipur

      Ely,

      Would you like to writre some?

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      Steve Andrews 9 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Excellent story!

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      Jyoti Kothari 9 years ago from Jaipur

      Thanks for praising but I do not feel myself worthy of it.

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      Reddy R.S. 9 years ago

      Jyoti,

      This is beautiful and marvelous.You have crossed all barriers. Varrying topics and differing subjects with a command shows your tallent.

      I am proud of you. I feel this as I am an Indian too like you.

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      Jyoti Kothari 9 years ago from Jaipur

      Thanks Stooge. Many people were asking for a picture but I could not add to it. Now it is added by you.

      Regards,

      JYOTI kOTHARI

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      Jyoti Kothari 9 years ago from Jaipur

      Thanks Stooge. Many people were asking for a picture but I could not add to it. Now it is added by you.

      Regards,

      JYOTI kOTHARI

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      Stooge 9 years ago

      Jyoti, great that you brought this up. This is a touching but forgotten story. After reading the hub, I actually searched Google for an artist's impression of her beauty or even an image of her statue. There were just paintings on her that I could find on the following link. See if you want to upload them on the hub:

      http://www.decoruk.com/traditional.php?page=4

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      SparklingJewel 9 years ago from upper midwest

      A great story! I have never heard of her before. It is interesting how male dominance in any field is so hard to get through for women...and it is because of their own weaknesses ! (males I mean)

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      Jyoti Kothari 9 years ago from Jaipur

      I wish I had the pictures but I don't have. I have tried to link with some related websites but failed due to some technical problem in hub page.

      Thanks kamalesh for posting comment.

      jyoti

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      dutch84 9 years ago

      I wish you had pictures of the women for people to see.

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      Kamlesh kumar 9 years ago

      Nice work

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      Jyoti Kothari 9 years ago from Jaipur

      Yes.

      I can see. Etternal beauty. A beauty encrypted in peace, spirituality and etternal love.

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      john schmit 9 years ago

      Dear jyoti,

      The beauty of Amrapali as a Buddhist Bhikkhuni!

      Can you imagine?