KALIPRIYA – A prostitute


The story of Kalipriya is brief but nonetheless important. It represents the point of view of the devotional groups and the abundant grace (prasada) that they promised. Kalipriya was absolved of her sins and received the merit (punya) to offset all her bad karma simply by performing a month-long fast (Kartika vrata). The Padma Purana did not say that she achieved liberation (moksha) but stated that she gained a rebirth in heaven (svarga), the hope of devotion lists (bhaktas), who longed to be with their supreme lord.

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