Everything about Saptarishi “The 7 Great Sages”: Today we’ll discuss about the 7 great Sages ‘Saptarishi’. It is believed that the Adiyogi (Lord Shiva) himself taught yoga to the seven great sages. Lord Shiva taught them so that the sages could carry forward the knowledge and pass it on to the coming generations. It is believed that the Saptarishis have been guiding mankind for Yugas and will continue guiding mankind & humanity. So, let’s take a deep dive into the ocean of knowledge and gather some important knowledge & information about the seven divine Sages ‘Saptarishi’.

Everything about Saptarishi “The 7 Great Sages”

Atri

Atri was a great sage and is a part of the Saptarshi (the seven great sages). According to popular beliefs and scriptures, it is said that Sage Atri was married to Anasuya Devi. The great sage had 3 sons (Chandra, Dattatreya and Durvasa). Whereas Sage Atri’s wife Anasuya Devi is considered to be one of the most chaste women of the world. According to some legends it’s believed that because of the deeds of Anasuya Devi, the Tridev (the trinity of Gods in Hinduism) were born to her as children. Where Lord Brahma is believed to be born as Chandra, Lord Vishnu as Dattatreya and Lord Shiva in the form of Durvasa. In Sage Atri’s honor the 5th Mandala (5th book) of Rigveda is called the ‘Atri Mandala’. The book has 87 hymns in it  which are attributed to Sage Atri and his descendants.

Bharadvaja

Sage Bharadvaja is another great Rishi who is believed to have composed sections of the ‘Rig Veda’. Vedas are one of the most significant scriptures in Hinduism. The great sage was so dedicated towards learning and understanding the Vedas that he asked Lord Indra (King of Gods) for additional lives. The great sage wanted multiple lifes as one life wasn’t sufficient for understanding and reading the vedas. Sage Bharadvaja learned the science of ayurveda from Lord Indra to help mankind and humanity. Most of the instruction & information shared by Sage Bharadvaja is recorded in the ‘Charaka Samhita’. And it is also considered one of the foundational texts of Ayurveda. The great Sage was also the father of Dronacharya who was the guru of Pandavas and Kauravas.

Everything about Saptarishi “The 7 Great Sages”
Everything about Saptarishi “The 7 Great Sages”

Gautama

Sage Gautama is a MahaRishi and son of Maharshi Dirghatamas and Mata Pradveshi. Since childhood Gautam was trained well by his father, mother and grandparents. Eventually the bright child inherited the knowledge and intelligence from his elders. Sage Gautam was the first MahaRishi who wrote scriptures for social and religious laws. His scripture is known as ‘Gautama Dharmasutra’. Sage Gautama is also acknowledged for the creation of river Godavari, this is the reason that the river is also referred as Gautami. 

Jamadagni

Sage Jamadagni is Saptarishi who is also known for his anger. He was the father of Lord Parashurama (an incarnation of Lord Vishnu). According to the Hindu epic ‘Mahabharat’, once the Warrior Sage (Jamadagni) shot many arrows in the sky to warn the Sun (Sun God) for creating excessive amounts of heat which was unbearable for ordinary people. After the event the Sun God appeared in front of the Sage and gave him 2 items that could help mankind to tackle the sun’s heat. The two items were an umbrella and sandals .

Kashyapa

Sage Kashyapa is considered to be the father or progenitor of all living beings and creatures. The great Sage is credited for composing a few hymns of the Rigveda. The hymns are mainly from the 9th Mandala (9th book) of the Rigveda. It is also believed that the valley of ‘Kashmir’ was named after Sage Kashyapa. The great sage is also the author of the ‘Kashyapa Samhita’. The scripture is used in Ayurvedic pediatrics, obstetrics and genecology.

Everything about Saptarishi “The 7 Great Sages”
Everything about Saptarishi “The 7 Great Sages”

Vashishtha

Sage Vashishtha was the guru of Lord Rama (an Incarnation of Lord Vishnu). The great Rishi is acknowledged as the main author of Mandala 7 (7th book) of the Rigveda. Significant books and scriptures like ‘The Vasistha Samhita’, ‘Yoga Vasistha’, and even some versions of the ‘Vishnu Purana’ and ‘Agni Purana’ are attributed to the great Sage Vashishtha. Sage Vashishtha is the husband of ‘Arundahit’. That is the reason that he is also referred to as ‘Arundhati Natha’. 

Vishwamitra

Great Rishi Vishwamitra was born as a Kshatriya (warrior) but later became a Brahmin (devoted towards god & embracing others with knowledge). Sage Vishwamitra is considered one of the greatest sages of India. The great Sage was so powerful that he even could create a replica of the world. Great Rishi Vishwamitra is acknowledged for the creation of the divine Hindu Mantra ‘Gayatri Mantra’. The great sage is also accounted for as the author of Mandala 3 (book 3) of the ‘Rigveda’.

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