One of the wives of Vaśiṣṭha (Vashishtha)— vaśiṣṭhaścakṣamālayā.
Many have identified Akṣamālā (Akshamala) with Vaśiṣṭha’s famous wife Arundhatī (Arundhati). But Arundhatī was born of Prajāpati (Prajapati) Kardama to Devahūti (Devahuti), and was hence, of a much nobler birth. On the other hand, Manu records that though Akṣamālā was born to a woman of inferior descent, she possessed many virtues. Thereby, she was married to the great sage Vaśiṣṭha, and came to be revered by people. According to another rendition, Arundhatī was born as a śūdra (shudra) woman. Instances of everlasting love mentioned in Mahābhārata (Mahabharata) includes Vaśiṣṭha and Akṣamālā alongside the couples of Rudra and Rudraṇī (Rudrani), Candra (Chandra) and Rohiṇī, Cyavana (Chyavana) and Sukanyā (Sukanya), et al.