Vasishtha Maharshi | Author of ‘Yoga Vasistha’

Vasishtha is one of ancient Vedic rishis. He is also one of the Saptarishis. Vasishtha is the main contributor of Rigveda. He is mentioned in Rigvedic texts and also in many other Vedic Scriptures.

IMPORTANCE

Vasishtha is attributed to the literary works which are as follows:-

1. Yoga Vashishta

2. Vashishtha Samhita

3. Agni Purana – Partial Contribution

4. Vishnu Purana – Partial Contribution

5. Vashishta Dharmasutra

He has got the possession of the divine wish fulfilling cows Kamadhenu and Nandini her child, from Swarga loka.

He is regarded as a scholar and he was married to Arundhati. According to ancient texts, it is believed that, several thousands of years ago, Vashishta has lived on the banks of The Holy River Ganga.

Vashishta is well-known for his relationship with Vishwamitra. Once, the great king Vishwamitra tried to steal Sage Vashishta’s divine cow. Through his great spiritual powers, Sage Vasishtha has defeated Vishwamitra’s army and sons. Later Vishwamitra undertook severe penances for several thousands of years and became a Brahmarishi. After that, both of them were became friends, and he was praised as Brahmarishi from the mouth of Sage Vashishta.

Main Disciples of Vasishtha Maharshi

1. Manu

2. Nahusha,

3. Rantideva

4. Bhishma.

5. Samvarta

Temples Dedicated to Sage Vasishtha

1. Ashram in Guwahati, India.

2. Vashishta Temple in Himachal Pradesh.

3. Vashishta Cave, on the banks of Ganges at Shivpuri

4. Arundhati Cave on the banks of Ganges at Shivpuri

There is also a separate shrine for Guru Vashishta at Sree Dharmasastha Temple in Arattupuzha village in Thrissur district of Kerala.

CONCLUSION

Sage Vashishta who was a great rishi, was well-educatedin various divine texts including Vedas and Puranas and a wise man, who is a master in all the subjects, and also a guru to many great kings and scholars. He is residing in Saptharishi Mandala along with her wife Arundhati, and doing penance on god.

Let us worship this great Maharishi and be blessed.

“OM SREE VASHISHTA MAHARISHIYE NAMAHA”
“OM SREE MATA ARUNDATHIYE NAMAHA”
WRITTEN BY
R.HARISHANKAR

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