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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Vishwamitra & Indra were enemies so why does the Brahmarishi sing verses in praise of Indra?

The entire story of Vishwamitra's ascension to Brahmarishi status is dotted with his conflicts with Devas especially Indra. Indra sent Menaka to disturb the rishi's penance and the Satyavrat episode ...
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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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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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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 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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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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Who was the preceptor of Seeradhwaj King Janak?

Who was the preceptor of Seeradhwaj King Janak & what is the Brahma Vidya that he taught to him? Why does Shri Krishna cite Seeradhwaj Janak as an illustrious example of the Karma yoga in Bhagawat ...
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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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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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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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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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Are Yoginis wild erotic creatures? Is there any truth in it?

As far as I understand, yogini simply refers to a female yogi or a female rishi. Who are yoginis according to Hindu scriptures? Devdutt Pattnaik, one of the populist writers on Hinduism, in his book ...
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Is Rishi Vishvamitra the one who cognised the Gayatri mantra?

This wiki article says this without providing any reference: Brahmarshi Vishvamitra is one of the most venerated rishis or sages of ancient times in India. He is also credited as the author of ...
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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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How can a brahmin attain powers in Kaliyuga similar to the Trikala Gnana brahmarshi's or Saptharishi's in other yugas?

How can a brahmin attain powers in Kaliyuga similar to the power of Trikala Gnana brahmarshi's or Saptharishi's in other yugas? Examples: Vasishta, Agasthya, Atri, Gautama, Kashyapa, Bharadvaja, ...
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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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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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Why are the Himalayas often associated with gurus and rishis?

Are there any reasons for it, or is it just the peaceful environment. Are there anymore places, which act as a popular dwelling places for the gurus and rishis?
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Gautama maharshi's parents/ancestry

Who are Gautama maharshi, one of sapta rishis, parents and ancestors linking all the way to Brahma? Are there any stories related to his birth? Mahabharata describes him as son of Gotama but nothing ...
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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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Mandavya Rishi, the King and Yamaraja Curse

As per the Adi Parva of Mahabharata, Chapter 106 & 107, the story of Mandavya Rishi is narrated. In short, he was given a punishment by the soldiers of a (KING ?) , and thus made to sit on a ...
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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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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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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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How many Saptrishis have been mentioned in scriptures? Which Yuga did they belong too?

Were there only seven Saptrishis? Were there any females amongst Saptrishis? Are they ever mentioned as doing parikrama around Sun or Earth? Have there been multiple sets of Saptrishis during various ...
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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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How did the Vedic Rishis chant Gayatri Mantra?

Gayatri Mantra is a highly revered mantra from Rig Veda. The prefix "oṃ bhūr bhuvaḥ svaḥ" is known as "mahāvyāhṛt" (mystical utterance) is mentioned later in Taittiriya Aranyaka, which states to chant ...
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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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Did sage Narada call sage Durvasa a Donkey?

Many sites claim that sage Durvasa was called a donkey by Sage Narada as his Knowledge was only book based. MY QUESTION : Is it true that Sage Durvasa was called Donkey by sage Narada?
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What is the correct story of Sukha Brahmarishi?

Lately, I was reading the article on Sukha Brahma on Wikipedia. There, it is mentioned that there are two completely different versions of Sukha Brahma's story. One in Mahabharata and the other in ...
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Is dharma created by God, rishis, and the devatas?

What does "dharma" mean? And is dharma created by God, rishis, and the devatas, or is it eternal and always applicable to all of humanity, all the time?
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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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If Akrodha is considered a virtue, then why most sages and Devtas do not possess it?

Akrodha is a virtue according to Hinduism and Krodha is consider a tamas quality. Absence of anger (akrodha) means being calm even when insulted, rebuked or despite great provocation. Akrodha does not ...
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Recreational activities

Can someone please provide the recreational activities suggested by ancient sages for students so that I can focus better. I mean how students in ancient India, while staying away from cities used to ...
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Why gods were unable to save them from curses of human beings?

No offense but I am unable to understand why Hindu gods seems unable to save themselve from curse. For example:- Ganesha was beheaded by Shiva because he was cursed by Sage Kashayapa, Vishnu was ...
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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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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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Is there any proof that none of our ancient rishis were unmarried or left their families?

So far as I know, brahmacharya is essential for spiritual advancement. I often hear though that our great rishis were married. Is there any proof in the scriptures that show that none of the rishis ...
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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?
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Significant devotion of Gunaseela Maharishi

What is the great achievement by this maharishi? How the God appeared before him and what the God asked him to do?
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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 ...