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Questions tagged [rishi]

rishi (Sanskrit: "seer; one who sees") — is a word that simply means a sage or a divine seer in general. the great sages of ancient India who, in deep states of meditation (communion with the cosmos), and through spiritual experimentation, discovered the underlying, fundamental truths of the ...

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Who was Rishi Etesha and why was he racing with Surya?

I had earlier asked a question on Indra taking away a wheel from Surya's chariot and from the answer by Pushkar it turned out that he had done that to help his friend Rishi Etesha: There was ...
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What's difference between Rishi, Rajarishi, Maha Rishi, Brahma Rishi and Saptarishi? [duplicate]

I have heard a lot about those rishis. I know these are categories or may be level/rank of rishis. "Rishis" are bottom level and "Saptarishi" are top level. But what made them any of these? I mean, If ...
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What is the story of Rishi Shakti?

Shakti is the father of Parashara and son of Vashishtha. Vashistha is well-known sage, Guru of Sri Rama, seer (द्रष्टा) of Vedic hymns and is among one of Shaptarshi. Parasara is also well-known sage ...
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Does the Kaundinyasa/Kaundinya Gotra derive it's lineage from Buddha's disciple Kodanna?

I have been trying to trace the history of the Kaundinyasa gotra. Most of the references I find imply that Kaundinya was a brahmin at the court of the father of prince Siddharth (later Gautam Buddha) ...
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Who is Samyuka Barhaspatya?

The Shatapatha Brahmana 1.9.1 mentions about a certain priest who went to heaven after performing a particular fire-sacrifice: Thereupon he pronounces the 'All-hail and blessing' (sam-yos). Now ...
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Who is the Rishi Hiranyastupa of the family of Angiras?

Shatapatha Brahmana 1.6.4 mentions that Indra after hurling the thunderbolt at Vritra, hid himself and certain divinities were deputed to find him: Agni of the deities, Hiranyastûpa of the ...
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Instances of a rishi's curse being nullified by another boon/curse? [duplicate]

For a rishi's curse to take effect, the rishi must have done a lot of tapasya equivalent to the force required for that particular curse to work, which will then get deducted from the rishi's karmic ...
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What scriptures describe Parashara asking for Moksha for everyone?

In 7 minute mark of this lecture, the Sri Vaishnava lecturer U. Ve. A.S. Rajagopalan Swami explains the importance of Sharanagati, or complete surrender to Vishnu as a means of getting Moksha, using ...
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Who are these learned rishis mentioned in the Mahabharat?

The Anushasan Parva of Mahabharat mentions many dignitaries that are praiseworthy and names a few rishis: After this I shall recite the names of those foremost Rishis who are known as Manavas. They ...
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Was there any Rishi/Sant/Saint by the name of Maadan?

I was reading an article about Shukracharya here, which says: There lived Saint Maadan in ancient India, once he visits an Ashram (residential area for saints in jungle) and see beautiful ...
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Was the Atharva Veda compiled at the time of King Parikshit?

The Hymn 127 of Book 20 of Atharva Veda glorifies the king Kaurama who is further mentioned with the name of Parikshit: Listen to this, ye men, a laud of glorious bounty shall be sung. ...
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Who is this King Bhavya who lived on the banks of Indus?

Rig Veda Book 1 Hymn 126 is dedicated to a king who has given a lot of gifts to a certain Kakshivan in a sacrifice: 1 WITH wisdom I present these lively praises of Bhāvya dweller on the bank of ...
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When the Sun was lost?

Mahabharata: Adi Parva: Sambhava Parva says the illustrious Atri who illumined the world of old when the Sun was lost.. Where this story can be found in detail which tells when and why the Sun ...
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What is the connection between Vidura from Mahabharata & Rishi Atri?

Mahabharat Sambhava Parva mentions the following about Vidura: O king, thou shouldst know that he who was known on earth as Vidura, who was the first of all virtuous men, who was the god of Justice ...
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Who is the Rishi Lamagayana, relative of Agni’s wife Svaha?

This excerpt from the Gopatha Brahmana of the Atharvana Veda describes the goddess Svaha, wife of Agni the fire god: Svaha was born of truth, she was made by the Brahman, and she is of the same ...
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History of Chyavana Rishi, Ashvini kumaras, and Chayavanprash [duplicate]

What is the history (from purana or itihasa) behind Chyanava Rishi, the Ashvini Kumaras, and the origin of Chyavanaprash leghyam which could supposedly rejuvenate your life (like a fountain of youth)?
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Marici (Mareechi), in Jainism and Hinduism. Are they the same?

Hinduism has Rishi Marici, who is one of the Saptarshis. Wikipedia says that he is the founder of Vedanta. However the first systematized book on Vedanta is the Brahma Sutras, composed by Badarayana. ...
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What is the exact motive of the “yagya” which is done by Rishi-munis?

Rishi-munis did the 'yagya' many times due to an order of his king. they did because fulfil their king's wish. So, was there any benefits or importance for common society people for yagya?
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How our great Maharishis did a concentration lots of time?

I have doubt on mind-concentration which is done by our great Rishi-munis in ancient time. I have tried to concentrate but I was disturbed in little time. What technique or method was he used to doing ...
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Who were the Vedic composers (qualitatively)?

I am seeking something different from all that has already been touched upon. I am aware of the fact that Vedas are 'Apaurusheya' and 'Anaadi' and that they were revealed to the sages by the Gods ...
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Did the Ancient Indian Rishis keep Shikha?

Shikha is a lock of hair on the crown on a shaven head. In the modern times, it is mostly worn by priests. It is believed that traditionally all Hindu men kept Shikha, but later this was restricted ...
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What is the story of Narad's birth to a maid?

Shrimad Bhagvatam mentions the following about Devarishi Narad's birth: 1.1.7 Naradji’s Advice to Ved-Vyas Naradji told him that though he had created great epics, yet all of them lack a ...
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Who was the sage who asked his disciples to guard his wife while he was away?

What was the name of the rishi who asked his disciple to watch over his wife while he was away? When he was away, Indra approached his wife. Where does this story occur in Mahabharata. I can remember ...
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How are rishis not able to control anger despite doing meditation?

Lord Shiva does Dhyana almost all of the time. Then why can't he control his anger? There were some very famous Rishis known for their bad tempered. How also they unable to control their anger?
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What were the 7 previous births of Brahmarishi Vasishtha?

The Yog Vasishtha narrates the fascinating story of an immortal crow named Bhushunda who is met by Brahmarishi Vasisth. In Chapter 22 while reminiscing about his past lives, the divine crow tells ...
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Why does Krishna suck his toe while lying on a Banyan leaf?

The very famous imagery of a baby Krishna sucking his own toes is mentioned in various places. The first paragraph of the Balamukundashtaka clearly depicts the scene: Kararvinde na padarvindam ...
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Was the Akshay Patra ever used before Mahabharat?

Chapter 9 of Book 12 of the Devi Bhagvat Puran mentions the following benediction by Devi Gayatri to Rishi Gautam: Thus praised and worshipped, the World-Mother appeared and gave to the Risi one ...
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Was Rishi Agastya the uncle of Ravana?

According to the Shrimad Bhagvatam Rishi Agastya was the son of Pulastya and a brother of Vishrava: The sage Añgirã and Sraddhã had four daughters and two sons, Utathya and Brihaspati. The sage ...
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Did all rishis keep uncut hair (kesh) coiled on top of their heads ? what was its significance?

Whenever we think of a rishi , we imagine someone with white flowing beard and white long hair coiled on top of his head held together by a maala (rosary). Why didn't rishis cut their hair , when ...
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For how long did Ratnakar did penance to become Valmiki the great sage?

Is there any mention as to how long Ratnakar who was a hunter and thief did penance to wash off his sins and become a sage called Valmiki ??
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What is the story of Sage Shaunaka?

Sage Shaunaka, is well known for being an active listener of the Mahabharata which was narrated by Sage Suta. The Wikipedia page on Sage Shaunaka is a bit ambiguous. It mentions that Shaunaka ...
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Who was Akritavrana, the follower & witness of Parshurama's actions?

Section CXV of the Vana Parva of Mahabharat mentions a rishi called Akritavrana who used to reside on the Mahendra hill, the abode of Lord Parshurama. In the Mahabharat, he narrates the entire life-...
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What is the story of Sage Suta?

Sage Suta, is well known for narrating most of the Puranas and the Mahabharata, in the forest of Naimish. (We can read about the importance of Naimisharanya in this other question Naimisharanya in ...
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What is the lineage of Yajnavalkya, the Guru of Janak?

Yajnavalkya is an ancient rishi who is associated with many texts in Sanskrit such as the Shatapatha Brahmana, Shukla Yajurveda and the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad. His discussions with Raja Janak of ...
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Which scripture mentions Vasishth praying to Tantrik Goddess Tara?

The Tarapith Temple in West Bengal Goddess Tara, one of the Dash-Mahavidyashas, and has an interesting legend associated with it: Another oral legend about the temple states that sage Vashishtha ...
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Clarification about Saptarshis of Vaivasvat Manvantar

Answer of the question Do Saptarishi exist in today's time? says: Saptarshis live for a period of Manvantara. So, they are alive now. Srimad Bhagavatam 8.13.5 gives names of seven sages for ...
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What is the story of sage AshvalAyana?

Ashvalayana (ITRANS : ashvalAyana) is a famous rishi associated with a shAkha of Vedas and vedanga sutras. What is his life story ? What are some important texts written by him ?
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Is there any mantra that addresses the Saptarishi?

Is there a mantra that addresses all of the Saptarishi. I used to chant "Om Jai Shri Saptarishi Namah". I found out that "Chitrasikhandin" is a word used to refer to the seven sages, so I made up ...
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Who is Jatukarnya the officiating priest for Vyasa?

This excerpt from the Matsya Puran mentions a certain rishi Jatukarnya as the priest designated for Vedvyas incarnation of Lord Vishnu. The same list has been shared in a different question. For a ...
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What do we know of the lives of Parvati's sisters Ekaparna & Ekapatala?

The Vayu Purana mentions Parvati as having four sisters: I also came across the following passage in the Harivamsha: The king of the mountains had three daughters through Mena: Aparna, ...
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If Devas and Rishis are self-realized, then why do they act contrary to it?

According to the Bhagavad Gita, a self-realized person is one who has gone beyond fear, anger, hatred, jealousy, pain and pleasure, etc. and all dualities of the material world. AKA he is situated in ...
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Do Saptarishi exist in today's time?

We heard about saptarishi in almost every purana. They are always present in every story. As per my knowledge Saptarishi is a kind of post/designation in which candidates change from time to time. In ...
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Who was sage Lomasa?

Got to read about sage Lomasa here while researching about Kamyaka Forest: The Pandavas came back from the Dwaita woods to Kamyaka again for a 2nd time. This time they lived without Arjuna who ...
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What are the eight defects or handicaps in Ashtavakra?

Ashtavakra is a greatly celebrated sage and composer of Ashtavakra Geeta. His name means- Eight(Ashta) bends with(Aavakra)- One with Eight Bends or bodily defects or handicaps. So what are his ...
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Who are Rishi Asita and Devala?

Recently, while searching for the information about Pravara (प्रवर​) regarding this question, I found that Pravara refers to best among Rishi who are seer of Vedic hymns. Following is some useful ...
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Who is the Rishi who cut off his own hands for stealing?

As I discuss in this question, by far the most popular school of Hindu philosophy is the Vedanta school. But there are five other Astika or orthodox schools of Hindu philosophy: Purva Mimamsa, Samkhya,...
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Vanshaj of great Hindu Rishi Munis?

We all know that there were many great Rishi Munis (Sage) who have blessed our motherland and we also know that genes are passed on from one generation to the next one, so would it be correct to ...
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Who was sage Harita, the son of Bhrigu?

I came across a text similar to the Smritis or Law Books which is called the Harita Samhita. He seems to be somebody of significance because his laws are repeated by Rishi Markandeya in the book. ...
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Was the Avadhut and Yogi Lord Dattatreya married & did he have a son?

As mentioned in the answer to this question according to the Mahabharat, Lord Dattatreya, the son of Rishi Atri, had a son called Nimi. I have never come across any mention of Datta guru as a ...
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Who were the seven rishis called Chitrashikhandins?

In the Shanti Parva of Mahabharat SECTION CCCXXXVII the following verse is mentioned: King Uparichara, otherwise called Vasu, became a disciple of Vrihaspati and soon became the foremost of his ...