Recently I was in a discussion with a friend who had visited Chidambaram Temple and he was telling me about the legend of Vyaghrapada mentioned in this question but my curiosity was piqued by another statement he said. He mentioned that this lion-legged rishi was married to the sister of Brahmarishi Vasishth and they sired the rishi Upamanyu!

I am aware that Vasishth was one of the Manas Putras of Lord Brahma and all of them were male. As mentioned in the Bhagavata Puran:

Thereafter, Lord Brahma created ten more sons- Marichi, Bhrigu, Kratu, Pulah, Pulatsya, Angira, Atri, Vashishtha, Daksh and Narad. Nine out of them took permission for the creation of their offsprings, but Narad accepted celibacy and resolved to preach Bhagwad bhakti (devotion for God.)

So my question is - Is there any mention of a sister of Brahmarishi Vasishth in any scripture and if so is she mentioned as the wife of Vyaghrapada and mother of Upamanyu?

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    So this means that when Vasishtha and Agastya emerged from the pot, along with Agastya Bhrata who features in Ramayana, there is now a sister also? I don't remember this particular detail, though you can check Shiva Purana for the veracity of the claim, as Upamanyu's story is detailed there.
    – Surya
    Jul 18, 2018 at 14:10
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    @Surya Yes that's the only possibility but I haven't read about a woman emerging from the pot along with these two anywhere! BTW regarding the brother of Agastya I had a different theory that I had mentioned in the answer here - hinduism.stackexchange.com/questions/7979/… Jul 19, 2018 at 12:36
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    @Surya yes that's always a possibility ;) However it does suggest some link to Vasishth so its worth exploting I guess if someone can figure out who Vasishth's sister was. Jul 20, 2018 at 13:11
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    @Dr.VineetAggarwal Are you talking about same Upamanyu who on being hungry started crying..... If so..as per Vamana Purana, his mother's name was Atreyi...
    – YDS
    Jul 29, 2018 at 10:29
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    Not sure if it is the same one but thanks for sharing this info. If we assume her name refers to her being a daughter of Atri rishi it gets even more confusing since Vasishtha was not Atri's son rather was his brother. Jul 30, 2018 at 12:13


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