Feminist Narrativization of Patriarchy in Swosthani Vrata Katha

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  • Nabaraj Pandey Tikapur Multiple Campus, Far Western University, Nepal

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3126/jotmc.v5i1.46517

Keywords:

Patriarchy, Swosthani vrata, major and minor characters, feminist perspective

Abstract

The paper explores Thulo Shree Swosthani Vrata Katha profoundly examining its fasting process and the stories of the protagonists through feminist perception on patriarchy. Goddess Parvati, Shiva, Goma Brahmini, Vrinda and Chandrawati in the book represent all married and unmarried Hindu women living with a rooted brainwashed psychology of patriarchy. The women taking vrata envision the same ancient mindset of getting a husband and fortune. The old patriarchal ideology of not allowing daughter(s) get prasad of Swosthani has not completely changed yet. Patriarchy refers to the institutionalized system of a society wherein the father rules and controls the mother and other female family members. Moreover, it confines women within the routinized law and order of men. Thus, the paper aims to explore the status of patriarchy in Swasthani Vrata Katha from a feminist perspective. The theoretical modality for the study is a descriptive-based qualitative research design primarily applying Sylvia Walby’s notion of Theorizing Patriarchy (2016). The paper collects data from secondary sources though few are collected via personal communications with Swami Ishwor Chaitanya Ji Maharaj and a social worker Madhuri Joshi. The significance of the study lies in the investigation of the patriarchal instinct of Swosthani vrata. Thus, the finding of the study affirms that the radical feminists critique Varta Katha as being full of personal and patriarchal.

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Published

2022-07-14

How to Cite

Pandey, N. (2022). Feminist Narrativization of Patriarchy in Swosthani Vrata Katha. Journal of Tikapur Multiple Campus, 5(1), 91–108. https://doi.org/10.3126/jotmc.v5i1.46517

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