anvādheya

(‘given after’)

Strīdhana or a woman’s property is an important topic discussed by the writers of the dharmaśāstras. A perusal of Vedic and early dharmaśāstra literature reveals that women had an honoured place in the Hindu society. References are not wanting to show that they were given gifts and endowed with property of which they could be independent owners (Ṛgveda 10.85.13 and 38; Āpastamba Dharmasūtras 2.6.14.9).

Among the five or six varieties of strīdhana mentioned, anvādheya is one. It is generally defined as what is obtained by a woman after (anu = after) her marriage, from the family of her husband as also from the family of her father’s kinsmen. It could include all kinds of movable property.

See also STRĪDHANA.