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 Universe, and whose teachings formed the basis for the spiritual culture of the ancient Vedic civilization.

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What are other incidents where Rishis created Dharma?

I have found two incidents in the Mahabharata where Rishis have apparently created some rules of Dharma. The first incident is Ushanas' banning of liquor consumption among Brahmanas: The learned ...
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What is the mystery behind Sage Vāmadeva fighting with Indra?

According to Bṛhaddevatā, Indra, immediately on his birth, fought with Sage Vāmadeva for 10 days and nights. What is the mystery behind Sage Vāmadeva fighting with Indra?
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What is the story of Rishika Vagambharni who had reached the stage of identifying herself with Devi through her Saadhana?

While chanting Devishukta of Rigveda (10.125) in recently passed Navaratri time, I came to know about daughter of Ṛṣi Aṃbhṛṇa​, named Vāk (also known as Vāk + Aṃbhṛṇa​ = Vāgāṃbhṛṇi). It is said that ...
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What is the story of Vasishta and Agastya's brother Matsya?

Most people only know about the fact the famous sage Vasishta, guru of Rama, was one of the mind-born sons of Brahma. But as I discuss in this question, Vasishta is no longer the son of Brahma. ...
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Who was sage Harita, the son of Bhṛgu?

I came across a text similar to the Smṛtis or Law Books which is called the Harita Samhita. He seems to be somebody of significance because his laws are repeated by Ṛṣi Markandeya in the book. The ...
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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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How did rishi Bhringi take birth with 3 legs?

There are many sculptures of rishi Bhringi in temples of South India; which show he has 3 legs. Is there any scriptural basis that he had 3 legs by birth or did he get them after birth? Here are some ...
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Who are the 5 terrestrial Rishies that were mentioned in Rig Veda II.34.14?

Rig Veda II.34.14, dedicated to Maruts, narrates briefly about 5 terrestrial rishies तानियानो महि वरूथमूतय उप घेदेना नमसा गर्णीमसि | तरितो न यान पञ्च होतॄनभिष्टय आववर्तदवराञ्चक्रियावसे || ...
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Do scriptures mention of rishis, who have the power to create fully grown human beings? [duplicate]

Do scriptures mention of rishis, who could create fully grown human beings using their power?
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What scriptures say Indra has right/authority to test sages with Kama, Krodha, lobha, Moha, Madha and Matsarya?

Mylavarapu Srinivasa Rao is a well-known scholar of Hinduism and its philosphy in Telugu states. He talks about Greatness of Indra in this video (in Telugu). He says Indra is king of all Devas who ...
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Origin of “Kushika” gotra?

My friend's surname is Chakraborty, and his original surname is Devsharmana. He was discussing his lineage, and he said that his gotra as his father used to speak at rituals is "Kushika". We ...
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Is there any subtle explanation to Shiva's manifestation as Sri Dakshina Murty?

This question is not a duplicate of the following question. What scriptures mention Shiva's Dakshinamurthi form? This answer under the above question, explains that Dakshinamurty form of Lord Shiva ...
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Is the Anukramani index of sages and deities of the Rig Veda available online?

As I discuss in this answer, how the Vedas originated is that from time immemorial, sages known as Dhristas have heard mantras (sacred verses) directly from the gods during a state of Tapasya (deep ...
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What is the inner meaning of Saraswati following Sage Kavasa?

The following is an extract from Aitareya brahmana. In the Eausitaki Br&htnanam (12, 3), the story of Kavasa is reported in the following way: the Risis, called the "middle ones" (...
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Why does Sage Bhrigu have an extra eye on his foot?

It is a part of folklore that Sage Bhrigu has another eye on his foot. However, it is difficult to find on the internet any authoritative source for this piece of information. The Wikipedia article ...
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Was Shukracharya a Brahmarishi?

Shukracharya was the preceptor of the asuras and was the only one who knew the sanjeevani mantra. Since he commanded such power, I'm wondering if he was a brahma-rishi. The wiki page as well as other ...
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Are king Harita and sage Harita one or two different persons?

I am searching about harit gotra and came across two persons harit king and harit sage. Are they different personalities or one person?
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Who is the seer/rishi of the mantra Om Namaḥ Śivāya?

It is said that every mantra that is available to us on our planet was brought to us by some seer. The seer of the mantra is called the rishi of that mantra. It means the one who saw. So I want to ...
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Do sages have unlimited time vision?

Sage(Rishi) in Hinduism has capacity to view and feel the events and happenings in past and future. We know that universe(s) has neither beginning nor ending. So the time is infinite in both the ...
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On Identity of Sage Valmiki

Rishi Valmiki is the author of the Great Epic Ramayana. What are whereabouts of his earlier life? I have heard something like this about him (that he was dacoit) is there a way to prove or disprove ...
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Who was Rishi Atharvan who wrote Atharva Veda?

I recently came to know about this Rishi Atharvan who is believed to have compiled the Atharva Veda along with Angiras. Wikipedia says he was a Manasputra of Brahma abut when you check the list of ...
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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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Which are all Rishis whom Rama met during his Exile of 14 years?

I am interested in knowing stories of various ancient Rishis and hence I sometimes look for those stories from Puranas and Itihasas. I had watched Ramayana TV series in my child hood. Recently ...
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Where does Narada muni lives [duplicate]

This thread explains different lokas in detail. In which of these lokas, Narada Muni lives? Is there a reference in puranas about this?
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How did mantras come to exist?

How did these people know about the powers of chanting mantras? Specifically how did they know what to say and what exactly they are.
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Why did Muni Jahnu drank entire water of holy river Ganga?

Recently at a vedic discourse I heard about this saint Jahnu who drank the entire river Ganga, so my question is: Why did he drink the entire river? What is the origin of this story? Please cite ...
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Was the list of Rishis associated with Rigvedic verses preserved with comparable accuracy with the verses themselves?

The actual verses were transmitted orally with elaborate precautions to prevent corruption over the generations. Is anything known as to how the names of the seers of various verses were memorized ...
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Who was Parashara and what are the works attributed to him?

I am asking about the original Parashara - not the Srivaishnavite teacher Parasara Bhattar. Which works are attributed to him?
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Who is Shukla Avatar of Lord Vishnu?

The Satvata Tantra Part 2 Verse 8 mentions: Seeing Kardama Muni's austerities aimed at attaining mystic powers, the Lord appeared as Sukla in a pure and transcendental form. After giving him the ...
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Does South India comes within land of mlechhas? [closed]

Manusmriti 2:22-23 But (the tract) between those two mountains (just mentioned), which (extends) as far as the eastern and the western oceans, the wise call Aryavarta (the country of the Aryans)....
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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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Reference of the divine Sage Narada in The Vedas

What are the available references in The Vedas for the divine sage Narada? Would appreciate the exact locations / coordinates (like the mantra with number, recension, publication etc.)
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Was Vasista a jivan mukta?

Vasista is known to be a guru of Lord Rama. It is well known that he is one of the rishi in sapta rishis. Was he a jivan mukta?
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When was Rishi Garga born?

Garga is a well known rishi in Hinduism. He authored a couple of books in Hinduism which cover Krishna's pastimes and astrology. At which time he was born?
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Do the 3,339 Gods mentioned in Rig Veda III.9.9 indicate number of sages got wisdom before Viswamitra?

Rig Veda III.9.9 says trīṇi śatā trī sahasrāṇyaghniṃ triṃśacca devā navacāsaparyan | aukṣan ghṛtairastṛṇan barhirasmā ādid dhotāraṃ nyasādayanta || Three times a hundred Gods and thrice a ...
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Do penance makes body shine?

I heard, more progress towards spiritual life or penance will result in more light coming out from body (like God's body, not as much light as God has but still some) means, more we do penance, more ...
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Which all works are attributed to sage Shaunaka?

The name of Sage Shaunaka is often heard in the Puranas. The Puranas are narrated by Suta Mahamuni to the sages headed by Shaunaka. Besides being the listener to the Puranas, he has also authored ...
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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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Is there any reference to how vedic mantras revealed to Rishis? [duplicate]

I would like to know how it happened . 1) Like did Rishis , for instance Vishvamitra or Vashishta would give up attachments and go to forests to do penance and then , for how many tens of years they ...
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Why God doesn't show any minor sakshatkaram as a ray or lightning in present 21st century? [duplicate]

Unless God shows some sort of his/her power when devotee prays atleast by a ray or lightning mode of sakshatkaram in present 21st century belief will gets diminished? Are there any Maha Guru's ...
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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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Why did the Brahmins before Uddalak not have the knowledge of the other world while Kshatriyas did?

This story from the Chandogya Upanishad 5.3-10 states something very interesting: Shvetaketu was distressed and felt very much humiliated at this. So he returned home and asked his father Uddalaka, “...
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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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Are there any mantra or mantras in Veda Samhitas that confirm that Vedas are apaurusheya?

We know that the Vedas are authorless or apaurusheya.. At least we believe the Vedas to be so. The mantras of Vedas are revealed directly by God to some selected Rishis in a trance like state that ...
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What is the lineage of Yajnavalkya, the guru of Janaka?

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 Janaka of ...
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Who was the Rishi Katyayan who became father of Goddess Katyayini?

In the Nava-Durga the sixth form is of Goddess Katyayini & I have heard that Goddess Durga became the daughter of Rishi Katyayan that is why she was given this name. I want to know who the rishi ...
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Was Brihaspati mentioned in Rig Veda and Usana mentioned in Rig Veda and Bhagavadgita the same person?

Brihaspati was praised in Rig Veda as follows: गणानां तवा गणपतिं हवामहे कविं कवीनामुपमश्रवस्तमम | जयेष्ठराजं बरह्मणां बरह्मणस पत आ नः षर्ण्वन्नूतिभिः सीद सादनम || Rig Veda 2.23.1 WE ...
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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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Why did Sri Krishna say he is Usanas among seers?

Sri Krishna says that he was Ushanas among seers in B.G. वृष्णीनां वासुदेवोऽस्मि पाण्डवानां धनंजयः। मुनीनामप्यहं व्यासः कवीनामुशना कविः।।10.37।। Of the Vrsnis (the members of the Vrsni ...
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Was Kanada a Rishi?

This wiki article describes Kanada as both a sage and a philosopher. Was he a Rishi or a mere philosopher?