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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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 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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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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What scriptures describe the Rishi Shalihotra cutting the wings off of horses?

The Ashva Shastra is a work of unknown authorship about the nature and proper care of horses. Now this chapter of the Ashva Shastra says that there used to be winged horses, but then Indra asked the ...
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What was the story of sage Kandu killing a cow following his father's words?

Rama is known as embodiment of Dharma. He followed his father's words and went to exile for 14 years. When Rama was ordered to leave the city to leave to forest, his mother Kaikeyi and his brother ...
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Which Sri Vaishnava works discuss Parashara’s Sharanagati for all Jivas?

The Sri Vaishnava sect has two sub-sects, Thenkalai and Vadakalai. Vadakalais follow the teachings of Vedanta Desikan, whereas Thenkalais follow the teachings of Pillai Lokacharya. My question is ...
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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 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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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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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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who is Audulomi who appears in Brahmasutras?

What is the history of Audulomi who appears in Brahmasutras of Vyasa
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Are the Brahmanas, Aranyakas, and Upanishads revealed texts, or are they composed?

No Hindu disputes that the mantras in the Samhita part of the Vedas are direct revelations by Rishis. But what about the texts of the Brahmanas, Aranyakas, and Upanishads? These don't seem to be ...
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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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Is there a relation between Gadhi, the Kaushik incarnation of Indra and Ahalya?

Indra, in the Subramanaya invocation is referred to as both Kaushik, one who calls him Gautama as well as the lover of Ahalya (Shatpatha Brahman relevant chapter). While the part about Gautam and ...
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Who is the figure Aktakshya, quoted in the Shatapatha Brahmana of the Yajur Veda?

The Shatapatha Brahmana of the Yajur Veda, in a passage that simultaneously discusses the creation of the world and the way to properly conduct a yagna (fire-ritual), quotes two individuals concerning ...
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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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Who is Shankhayana?

There is a Grihya Sutra in the name of Shankhayana, so is a Shrauta Sutra. Who is this Rishi? What is his period and status in the Vaidika practices?
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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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Is there any online Anukramanika (Index of Sages and deities) for Krishna Yajurveda?

Is there a list of seers and devatas of the mantras of krishna yajurveda? Is there any online reference which details the chapters of Krishna Yajurveda and its related rishis and devatas?
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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 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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Why is the divine architect Vishwakarma considered a descendant of Bhrigu?

Every Brahmin is a descendant of sages, which is why every Gotra or clan of Brahmins has an associated list of Pravaras, a list of the sages they're descended from. For instance, I am a Brahmana ...
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Did the Sages in Ramayana era , residing in Forests, pay any tax?

The Kings, who are the rulers of their kingdoms, need funds to administer his kingdom. In Vedic era the kings used to collect cess at the rate of 1/6 of the earnings of the people in their countries, ...
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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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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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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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What are the prayers of Kunti to demi-gods for begetting children?

What are the prayers (verbatim in Sanskrit) offered by Kunti before begetting Pandava children ? Are boon manthras given to her by sage Doorvasa mentioned in Mahabharata or elsewhere? Are they ...
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What makes Durvasa a monk?

If the monk Durvasa gets so agitated easily how can he be a monk because monks remain so calm all the time. Ex - Buddha, Ramkrishna etc So, what makes Durvasa a monk?
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Who was the sadhu from whom Tenali rama received the mantra?

Tenaliramans story is 5-6 century year old and he got blessings of maa-kaali. In dattatreya tantra, Shiva said that no mantras will work in kaliyuga except those which He mentioned in this work. ...
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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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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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How can one become a Brahmarishi?

Who coined the term Brahmarishi? How can one become a Brahmarishi? Does a Brahmarishi know the future? A lot of rishi's in Ramayana seem to know the purpose of Rama's birth, how is that they know ...
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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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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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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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Previous births of Indrajit and Meghavāhana

Just then a muni, named Aprameyabala, who had four kinds of knowledge, came to the garden Kusumāyudha. In that same place at night his brilliant omniscience appeared and the gods held an omniscience-...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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What is Ashta Kona Maharshi's contribution to Hinduism?

Elucidate about Ashta Kona Maharshi's contribution to Hinduism. In Hindu scriptures are his contributions narrated?
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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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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 ...