Famous Rishis in Hinduism | Vedic Sages

In our holy Hinduism, we have lot of sages and saints who acts as a backbone for Hinduism. They lived a very pious life and spread the bhakti on the almighty amongst the masses. They contain superior powers, but remained as humble sages.

Some of the details of famous Rishis are mentioned below:-

Atri is a Vedic sage, who has composed several hymns in praise of Lord Agni, Lord Indra and other Vedic deities of Hinduism. Atri is one of the Saptarishi and was mentioned as a great rishi in the Rigveda.

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Some portions in Rigveda are attributed to him. The importance of Atri is mentioned in the Puranas and in the great epics Ramayana and the Mahabharata.

Atri was married to Anasuya Devi. Lord Dattatreya was their son. His wife Anasuya, was considered as one among the seven female pativiratas. In Treta Yuga during Ramayana, both of them met Lord Rama and Sita.

Lord Dattatreya was born to them due to their sincere meditation on god. He was the avatar of trimurtis, Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. He contains very good features, and he lived a noble and a simple life.

Sage Atri contains spiritual powers. He was blessed to have the god himself to be born as his divine son.

Shakti Maharishi was the son of Vasistha and Arundhati. He was the father of Parasara Maharishi, and he was one of the great Shiva devotees. He was present during the time of Mahabharata war, and gave spiritual advices to the Pandavas, and met Lord Krishna also. He got great powers after performing meditation on Lord Shiva, and he was mentioned in ancient Vedas, Shastras, Puranas and many other holy texts, and he was described as a powerful rishi who contains good courage, boldness and wisdom.

He had large number of disciples, and he taught Vedas and other holy texts to them. He was born in the Treta Yuga, and befriended Lord Rama at Ayodhya. Along with his father Vasistha, he also gave spiritual advices to Rama, and consoled him, during the time of Kidnap of Mata Sita by Ravana. It is believed, that now he is living in the Maharishi Mandala, and performing penance on Lord Shiva.

Sage Ruchi was an ancient rishi, and he lived during the Treta Yuga. He was mentioned in ancient texts and in Vedas, and he was considered as a holy rishi, who had fully controlled his senses and performed meditation on the Trimurties. He used to live in the forest at his ashram, and also had disciples and taught Vedic subjects to them. He remained as a strict bachelor, and fully concentrated his attention on spiritual matters.

Once his ancestors visited him, and they asked Ruchito get married soon. They explained to him that only if he marries, and only if he has a son, their souls can be liberated.

Ruchi agreed and prayed to Lord Brahma in order to find a suitable match for him. As per the wishes of Lord Brahma, Sage Ruchu married Malini,who was the noble daughter of Lord Varuna’s son Puskara. Their son has become a great rishi and his name was Rouchya, and due to his sincere penance on Lord Brahma, he became a resident of Brahma Lok. Sage Ruchi at the final stage of his life went to the Himalayas and performed deep meditation on Lord Shiva, and due to that, after his death, he has attained SALVATION.

Asita was one of the famous disciples of Sri Veda Vyasa. He was born in the Dwapara Yuga in the present day Varanasi, to a pious Hindu family. At his young age, he spent his life by playing gambling, and enjoyed all sorts of material comforts in his life. In course of time, he lost interest in worldly affairs, and become a disciple of Sri VyasaBhagavan, an AMSHA of Lord Vishnu, and concentrated his entire attention on worshipping Lord Vishnu and served his Guru in a pleasing manner.

He learned Vedas and the Hindu Holy Scriptures from his guru Sri Veda Vyasa, and as per his instructions, for a few years, he performed meditation in the mountain caves of the Himalayas. And after getting enlightenment through his severe penance, he again joined with his Guru Veda Vyasa, at his Ashram, and helped him in writing the Hindu Holy Texts. He was very fond of Pandavas, and he was a sincere devotee of Lord Krishna. While Veda Vyasa had went to Bhadri, he also accompanied with his guru, and it is believed that he is still serving his guru Veda Vyasa, along with Sri Madhwacharya, a great Madhwa Saint, who is also serving in a pleasing manner to Guru Veda Vyasa. It is believed that after the end of the Kali Yuga, he would attain Salvation, and reach the abode of Lord Narayana, the Vainkunta.

Sarabhanga is an ancient sage, and he lived during the Treta Yuga, and the details about him are mentioned in Ramayana. He lived in the Dandaka forest, at a hermitage, and he lead a holy life by performing meditation on the almighty, and used to eat only simple food like greens, vegetables and fruits.

During the time of exile period of Lord Rama, Rama visited Rishi Sarabhanga at the Dandaka forest, at his ashram, along with Lakshmana and Mata Sita. The great sage Sarabhanga welcomed them, and he offered fruits as food items, and made them to take rest for some time at his ashram. He asked about the wellness of Rama, and after getting the permission of Lord Rama, he fell down in the funeral pyre, and due to the grace of Lord Rama, the great sage Sarabhanga didn’t get burned, but arouse from the fire as a young man with a charming appearance, and after he offered prayers to Lord Rama, he went to the abode of Lord Indra, the SwarkaLoka.

Rishi Somasrava, was the priest of Janamejaya, and he was the son of RishiSrutasrava. He helped Janamejaya towards conducting snake sacrifice. Rishi Somasrava was lived during the Dwapara Yuga, and he was an ardent devotee of Lord Vishnu and after performing severe penance on Vishnu in the Himalayas, he got great boons from the Lord.

He has got many disciples, and he was an expert in Vedic Subjects and all other Divine Scriptures. He was well known for his simplicity, generosity and kindness. Even though, he was a great rishi, he was very polite, and always showed love and affection over others. He also advised Janamejayato stop the snake sacrifice, but Janamejaya didn’t hear his words, and ordered him to continue the yagna. But afterwards, due to the interference of Rishi Astika, son of Mata Manasa Devi, the yagna was stopped. It is believed that Somasrava’s mother was a Snake princess, and she belonged to the Snake Kingdom, situated in the PatalaLoka. And after his death, due to his spiritual powers, he went to the PatalaLoka, and permanently stayed along with his mother.

Aurva is known to be an angry sage, who was the descendent of Rishi Bhrigu. He was the grandson of Vatsa, and his descendants Gothram was Srivatsa. His son was Richika Maharishi and Richika’s son was Jamadagni.

According to the Mahabharata, once there lived a noble king named Kritavirya, who had donated most of his wealth to the sages. But after his death, his descendants were suffered from poverty and went to the sages and asked them for help. But the sages were refused to give their wealth to them. Due to that, the kings were become angry and killed the sages. Miraculously, one child was escaped from the hands of the kings, and that child was later known as Aurva Rishi.

Though he was considered as an angry person, who got enmity with the kings, since all of his ancestors were killed by them, but he was good at devotion, and doing meditation and helping the common people. Through his powers, he had relieved the people from their diseases and removed their sufferings and made them to live peacefully and happily.

Ghosha was an ancient woman rishi and considered as a most pious and a noble lady. She was well-versed in Vedas and other divine texts, and a master in all kinds of arts. From her younger age itself, she was devoted to Lord Shiva. For some time, she has suffered from skin disease due to her previous birth karma.

But after praying to the divine physicians AshviniKumars, she got relieved from her disease and restored her normal health. And after some time, she got married and had a son. She was a noble woman and helped the people by solving their problems through her spiritual powers.

She was the daughter of the great Rishi Kakshivat. After attaining old age, she went to the forest and performed severe penance on Lord Shiva, and due to that, she has attained the holy abode of Lord Shiva, Kailasa, and become one of the attendants of Mata Parvati.

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  1. Viswanath Krishnan says:

    Very Interesting and well written article, highly informative.. Looking forward to such informative articles. Thank you.