"Hindu scriptures hold women in high esteem because of their ability to engage in bhakti more effectively than everyone else," states Sri Krishnapremi Swamigal of Paranur. "Why? Because their heart, mind and body are gentle and innately devotional, a necessary quality for a devotee's heart to melt in surrender and devotion unto the Lord." Our utmost gratitude to Sri Krishnapremi Swamigal of Paranur, an illustrious 20th-century saint and scholar whose works have been the cornerstone of this Insight. The idea to write about these awe-inspiring women came from Smt. Vishakha Hari's Iconic Indian Women, an adapted English translation of Sri Krishnapremi Swamigal's Tamil treatise Sati Vijayam. The book details biographies of 103 powerful Hindu women of India--Goddesses, celestial women, seers, queens from the Puranas and Itihasas, warriors and bhaktas--who excelled in devotion, education, art, bravery and politics.