Atri, aka: Attri, Attṛ, Ātṝ; 15 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit terms Attṛ and Ātṝ can be transliterated into English as Attr or Attri or Atr or Atri, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

Atri (अत्रि):—One of the mind-born sons of Brahmā, according to the Devī-bhāgavata-purāṇa (chapter on the Devī-yajña). They were created by the sheer power of mind.

Source: Wisdom Library: Śrīmad Devī Bhāgavatam
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Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Atri (अत्रि):—Son of Brahmā. From Atri’s tears was born a son named Soma, the moon. His wife was called Anasūyā. She was impregnated by the tears of Atri, and had three sons called Soma, Durvāsā and Dattātreya. (see Bhāgavata Purāṇa 9.14.2-3)

Source: Wisdom Library: Bhagavata Purana

1) Atri (अत्रि).—The son of Brahmā. Atri Maharṣi was one of the mānasaputras of Brahmā. The mānasaputras were: Marīci, Aṅgiras, Atri, Pulastya, Pulaha, and Kratu (Mahābhārata, Ādi Parva, Chapter 65, Verse 10). (See full article at Story of Atri from the Puranic encyclopaedia by Vettam Mani)

2) Atri (अत्रि).—In the Purāṇas another Atri, the son of Śukrācārya, is also seen (Mahābhārata, Ādi Parva, Chapter 65, Verse 27).

3) Atri (अत्रि).—The term Atri has been used as an epithet of Śiva. (Mahābhārata, Anuśāsana Parva, Chapter 17, Verse 38).

Source: Puranic Encyclopaedia

Atri (अत्रि) was created as a Sādhaka (aspirant) by Brahmā out of his ears (śrotra), according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.1.16:—“[...] I [viz., Brahmā] created many other things as well, but O sage, I was not satisfied. Then O sage, I meditated on Śiva and his consort Ambā and created aspirants (sādhakas). [...] I created Atri from the ears (śrotra), [...] O foremost among sages, creating thus, thanks to the favour of Mahādeva, these excellent Sādhakas (eg., Atri) I became contented. Then, O dear one, Dharma, born out of my conception assumed the form of Manu at my bidding and was engaged in activity by the aspirants”.

Source: Siva Purana - English Translation

1a) Atri (अत्रि).—A son of Brahmā, born of his eyes.1 Father of Soma, born of his eyes.2 Married Anasūyā, a daughter of Kardama (Dakṣa). Their son was Dattātreya (s.v.). Taught ānvīkṣikī to Alarka, Praḥlāda and others.3 Paid a visit to Bhīṣma who was in his death-bed.4 Came to see Parīkṣit practising prāyopaveśa.5 A sage.6 Was engaged with his wife in meditation at Mount Ṛkṣa by prāṇāyāma for the birth of a son. His praise of Trimūrtis who appeared before him, and blessed him with three glorious sons, being their own aṃśas. Accordingly Datta (Viṣṇu), Durvāsas (Śiva), and Soma (Brahmā) were born.7 Pointed out to Pṛthu's son, Indra running away with the consecrated horse twice and urged him to slay him.8 Had not yet seen the Supreme Being.9 A sage of the Vaivasvata epoch.10 Went with Kṛṣṇa to Mithilā.11 The sage who presides over the month of Śukra12 and Śuci.13 A mantrakāra took Uttānapāda as his son.14 Had a daughter, a Brahmavādinī. Visited Paraśurāma engaged in austerities.15 Worshipped Pitṛs by śrāddha and relieved Soma of the disease rājayakṣma.16 Appointed by Brahmā for creation of the world he performed the tapas called anuttama when Śiva saw him: acted as hotā for Soma's rājasūya16 Hermitage in the Himalayas, visited by Purūravas:17 Praised Śiva out to destroy Tripuram.18

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa III. 12. 22 & 24; Matsya-purāṇa 3. 6; 9. 27.
  • 2) Bhāgavata-purāṇa IX. 14. 2-3; Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 65. 1 & 47; Vāyu-purāṇa 1. 138; 3. 3; 30. 48.
  • 3) Bhāgavata-purāṇa I. 3. 11; III. 24. 22. Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 9. 56.
  • 4) Bhāgavata-purāṇa I. 9. 7.
  • 5) Bhāgavata-purāṇa I. 19. 9.
  • 6) Ib. II. 7. 4. Vāyu-purāṇa 90. 1-8.
  • 7) Bhāgavata-purāṇa IV. 1. 15-33; Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 6. 5-6.
  • 8) Bhāgavata-purāṇa IV. 19. 12-15 and 21.
  • 9) Ib. IV. 29. 43.
  • 10) Ib. VIII. 13. 5; Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 38. 25.
  • 11) Bhāgavata-purāṇa X. 86. 18.
  • 12) Ib. XII. 11. 35.
  • 13) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 23. 5. Vāyu-purāṇa 52. 6. Viṣṇu-purāṇa II. 10. 7; III. 1. 32.
  • 14) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 27. 104; 32. 96 & 113.
  • 15) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 23. 4.
  • 16) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 10. 111; Vāyu-purāṇa 73. 63;
  • 17) Matsya-purāṇa 102. 19; 118. 62 & 77; 120. 45; 126. 7.
  • 18) Matsya-purāṇa 133. 67.

1b) One of the sages who left for Piṇḍāraka.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa XI. 1. 12.

1c) The third Prajāpati Of Svāyambhuva epoch, created by Brahmā from ahaṃ tṛtīya.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa I. 1. 117; 5. 70; II. 9. 18, 23; Vāyu-purāṇa 31. 16; 34. 62; 65. 45; Viṣṇu-purāṇa V. 1. 17.

1d) (c)—a northern kingdom.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 16. 50.

1e) Born in vāruṇī yajña from Agni's flames;1 Had ten beautiful and chaste wives, all daughters of Bhadrāśva and Ghṛtācī. His ten sons were all known as Ātreyas,2 also Svastyātreyas; a mahaṛṣi and a mantrakṛt. Tra yārṣeya with Vasiṣṭha and Jātūkarṇa: a contemporary of Vṛddha Garga.3 One of the 18 writers on architecture. Has a place in the viśvacakra.4

  • 1) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 1. 21 & 44; 8. 73; Matsya-purāṇa 171. 27; 192. 10; 195. 9; Vāyu-purāṇa 62. 17; 64. 27; Viṣṇu-purāṇa I. 7. 5, 7.
  • 2) Vāyu-purāṇa 70. 67-76.
  • 3) Matsya-purāṇa 145. 90, 107-9; 197. 1 & 4; 200. 19; 229. 2 & 3; Vāyu-purāṇa 59. 104.
  • 4) Matsya-purāṇa 252. 2; 285-6.

1f) The avatār of the Lord in the 12th dvāpara in the Haimaka forest with sons with bath and ashes.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 23. 155.

1g) A son of Gautama, an avatār of the Lord.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 23. 164.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Atri (अत्रि) is mentioned as one of the seven mind-born sons of Brahmā, also known as the seven prajāpatis, or the seven brahmās, according to the first chapter of the Brahma-purāṇa (on the origin of Devas and Asuras). Accordingly, “Desirous of evolving creation befitting these, he created Prajāpatis (Lords of subjects) viz. Marīci, Atri, Aṅgiras, Pulastya, Pulaha, Kratu and Vasiṣṭha. Thus the lord of great refulgence created seven mental sons. In the Purāṇas these are known as the seven Brahmās”.

Atri is also mentioned as the father of Soma in the seventh chapter of the Brahma-purāṇa (birth of Soma). Accordingly, “O Brahmins, the father of Soma, the saintly lord Atri was the mind-born son of Brahmā who was desirous of creating subjects. Formerly, Atri performed a great penance for three thousand divine years. So we have heard. His semen attaining the state of Soma juice rose up. Water exuded from his eyes in ten directions and illuminated the ten quarters.”.

The Brahmapurāṇa (mentioning Atri) is one the eighteen mahāpurāṇas originally composed of over 10,000 verses. The first three books of the extant edition contains a diverse amount of topics such as creation theory, cosmology, mythology, philosophy and genealogy. The fourth and last part represents pilgrimage’s travel guide (māhātmya) and narrates the legends surrounding numerous holy spots (tīrtha) around the Godāvarī region in India.

Source: Wisdomlib Libary: Brahma Purana

Atri (अत्रि) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. I.59.10, I.65, I.59.36, I.65, I.60.4) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Atri) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places
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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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General definition (in Hinduism)

Atri is one of the seven sages, the SaptaRishis. He is better known as the husband of the chastest of all women, Anasuya. According to the Maarkandeya Purana, he is the father of Chandra.

Source: Apam Napat: Indian Mythology

In Hinduism, Atri (Sanskrit: अत्रि) or Attri is a legendary bard and scholar and was one of 9 Prajapatis, and a son of Brahma, said to be ancestor of some Brahmin, Prajapatis, kshatriya and Vaishya communities who adopt Atri as their gotra. Atri is the Saptarishis (Seven Great Sages Rishi) in the seventh, i.e. the present Manvantara. Brahmarshi Atri is the seer in the fifth Mandala (chapter) of the Rigveda.

Source: WikiPedia: Hinduism

The Vimānārcakakalpa (of marīci) names four works of atri, composed of eighty-eight thousand verses in anuṣṭup meter:

  1. pūrvatantra,
  2. ātreyatantra,
  3. viṣṇutantra,
  4. uttaratantra.

The Ānanda saṃhitā lists four works of atri:

  1. pūrvatantra,
  2. viṣṇutantra,
  3. uttaratantra,
  4. mahātantra.

The Samūrtārcanādhikaraṇa (of atri), four works are attributed to atri:

  1. pādyatantra,
  2. uttaratantra,
  3. viṣṇutantra,
  4. ātreyatantra.
Source: Sri Kamakoti Mandali: Hinduism

India history and geogprahy

Atri.—(IE 7-1-2), ‘seven’. Note: atri is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary
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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Marathi-English dictionary

atri (अत्रि).—m (S From the ṛṣi of this name.) A tribe of Brahmans or an individual of it.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary
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Sanskrit-English dictionary

Attṛ (अत्तृ).—&c. See under अद् (ad).

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Atri (अत्रि).—a. [properly a, Uṇ.4.68, adestriniśca, ad-trin] Devourer; अत्रिमनु स्वराज्यमग्निभ् (atrimanu svarājyamagnibh) Rv.2.8.5.

-triḥ Name of a celebrated sage and author of many Vedic hymns. [He appears in the Vedas in hymns addressed to Agni, Indra, the Aśvins and the Viśvedevas. In the Svāyambhuva Manvantara, he appears as one of the ten Prajāpatis or mind-born sons of Brahmā, being born from his eye. These sons having died by the curse of Śiva, Brahmā performed a sacrifice, at the beginning of the present Vaivasvata Manvantara, and Atri was born from the flames of Agni. Anasūyā was his wife in both lives. In the first, she bore him three sons, Datta, Durvāsas and Soma; in the second, she had two additional children, a son by name Aryaman and a daughter called Amalā. In the Rāmāyaṇa an account is given of the visit paid by Rāma and Sītā to Atri and Anasūyā in their hermitage, when they both received them most kindly. (See Anasūyā.) As a Riṣi or sage he is one of the seven sages who were all sons of Brahmā, and represents in Astronomy one of the stars of the Great Bear situated in the north. He is also the author of a code of laws known as अत्रिस्मृति (atrismṛti) or अत्रिसंहिता (atrisaṃhitā). In the Purāṇas he is said to have produced the moon from his eye, while he was practising austere penance, the moon being in consequence called अत्रिज, -जात, -दृग्ज, अत्रिनेत्रप्रसूत, -°प्रभव, °भव (atrija, -jāta, -dṛgja, atrinetraprasūta, -°prabhava, °bhava) &c.; cf. also अथ नयनसमुत्थं ज्योतिरत्रेरिव द्यौः (atha nayanasamutthaṃ jyotiratreriva dyauḥ) R.2.75. and अत्रेरिवेन्दुः (atrerivenduḥ) V.5.21] (pl.) descendants of Atri.

-atrī wife of अत्रि (atri); अत्रिरञ्य नमस्कर्ता (atrirañya namaskartā) Mb.13.17.38.

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Attṛ (अत्तृ).—a. [ad-tṛc] One who eats; अरक्षितारमत्तारं नृपं विद्यादधोगतिम् (arakṣitāramattāraṃ nṛpaṃ vidyādadhogatim). Ms.8.39.

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Ātṝ (आतॄ).—1 P.

1) To pass through or over; उक्षन्ते अश्वान् तरुषन्त आ रजः (ukṣante aśvān taruṣanta ā rajaḥ) Rv.5.59.1.

2) To cross over.

3) To overcome.

4) To enlarge, increase.

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Attṛ (अत्तृ).—mfn. (-ttā-ttvī-ttṛ) A feeder, one who eats. E. ada to eat. śatṛ aff.

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Atri (अत्रि).—m.

(-triḥ) The name of one of one of the seven Rishis or saints, born from the eye of Rrahma, married to Anasuya, daughter of Kerdama Muni, and the father of Datta or Dattatreyi, Durvasas and Chandra. E. ada to eat and trip Unadi aff. The correct reading is attri, but the word is always written with one ta.

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Attri (अत्त्रि).—m.

(-ttriḥ) A sage. See attri.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary
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