Bhrigu, aka: Bhṛgu; 7 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit term Bhṛgu can be transliterated into English as Bhrgu or Bhrigu, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Itihasa (narrative history)

Bhṛgu (भृगु) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. IX.44.8, I.44.18, I.48, I.60.40) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Bhṛgu) 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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Itihasa (इतिहास, itihāsa) refers to ‘epic history’ and represents a branch of Sanskrit literature which popularly includes 1) the eighteen major Puranas, 2) the Mahabharata and 3) the Ramayana. It is a branch of Vedic Hinduism categorised as smriti literature (‘that which is remembered’) as opposed to shruti literature (‘that which is transmitted verbally’).

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Bhṛgu (भृगु).—General. A sage, the son of Brahmā. He was the founder of Bhṛgu vaṃśa. Members of the Bhṛgu vaṃśa are called 'Bhārgavas.' Bhṛguvaṃśa has been reputed for many of its members who were Ṛṣis of great sanctity and grandeur. (See full article at Story of Bhṛgu from the Puranic encyclopaedia by Vettam Mani)

Source: Puranic Encyclopaedia

1a) Bhṛgu (भृगु).—Born from fire; one of the ten mind-born sons of Brahmā; born of his skin; married Kardama's daughter Khyātī and had two sons and a daughter; married the daughter of Puloma and brought forth twelve sons besides Cyavana and Ānuvan; married two daughters of Dakṣa; a sage of the Cākṣuṣa epoch;1 a Mahaṛṣi; a Mantrakṛt; a Pravara; accompanied Brahmā going to Hiraṇyakaśipu; was present at the anointing of Vāmana Hari and praised the Lord and Aditi; learnt the kriyayoga from Brahmā;2 and the Vedas from Manu.3 Deputed by the sages to find out the greatest of the Gods, went to his father's court without invoking him in praise; Brahmā grew angry but restrained his anger. Then he went to Śiva, who embraced him. Bhṛgu told him that he did not like his behaviour when Śiva grew angry and started to attack him with his trident. He was stopped by Pārvatī's intervention. Next he called on Hari and kicked him while sleeping, on His chest. Hari coolly bore it, bowed to him and said that only then he became purified and united with Lakṣmī. Bhṛgu wondered at his patience and concluded that he was the greatest of all the gods.4 Wondered at Mārkaṇḍeya's vrata; took part in crowning Vena to avoid the evils of anarchy; did not find fault with Hara violating dharma.5 Officiated at Viśvasṛja yajña when he cursed the followers of Śiva to become Pākhaṇḍis; created Ṛbhus to put down the Pramathas and others who disturbed Dakṣa's sacrifice; was bound by Maṇiman and the beard cut off. It was Śiva's wish that the beard of a sheep be substituted for his original one.6 Was born again of Carṣaṇi and Varuṇa7 acted as adhvaryu in Soma's Rājasūya;8 cursed Viṣṇu to take the form of a human being seven times for slaying his wife to protect Indra.9 Praised Śiva out to burn Tripura.10 Performed penance on the Narmadā but was not free from anger; cursed Śiva's riding animal when it was sent to examine his mind; but still he prayed to the Lord who blessed a tīrtha at that place in his honour.

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa III. 12. 22-23; 24. 23; IV. 1. 43; Matsya-purāṇa 3. 8; 5. 14; 9. 22; 195. 8; Viṣṇu-purāṇa I. 7. 5, 7, 26, 37; 8. 15.
  • 2) Matsya-purāṇa 145. 90, 98; 171. 27; 195. 29.
  • 3) Bhāgavata-purāṇa VII. 3. 14; VIII. 23. 20-27; XI. 27. 3; 14. 4.
  • 4) Ib. X. 89. 2-19.
  • 5) Ib. XII. 8. 12; IV. 14. 1; 29. 43; VI. 17. 12.
  • 6) Ib. IV. 2. 27-8; 4. 32; 5. 17 and 19; 7. 5.
  • 7) Ib. VI. 18. 4.
  • 8) Matsya-purāṇa 23. 20.
  • 9) Ib. 47. 39, 105.
  • 10) Ib. 102. 19; 126, 10; 133. 67.

1b) A sage and a contemporary of Kṛṣṇa; came to see Kṛṣṇa at Syamantapañcaka; one of the sages who left for Piṇḍāraka; came to see Parīkṣit practising prāyopaveśa.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa X. 84. 4; XI. 1. 12; I. 19. 9.

1c) A Ṛṣi presiding over the month of Nabhasya;1 in the Sun's chariot in the month of Bhādrapada.2

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa XII. 11. 38.
  • 2) Viṣṇu-purāṇa II. 10. 10; Vāyu-purāṇa 29. 9; 52. 9.

1d) The father of Atharvaṇa Agni.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 12. 10.

1e) One of the eighteen authors on architecture.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 252. 2.

1f) In the Viśvacakra.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 285. 6.

1g) The teacher of Vyāsa.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 1. 42; 3. 2; 10. 29.

1h) The author of 10380 Ṛks and 1000 mantras.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 61. 71.

1i) Heard the viṣṇu purāṇa from Sārasvata and narrated it to Purukutsa.*

  • * Viṣṇu-purāṇa VI. 8. 45.

1j) Divine seers and teachers. Helped Bali in his aśvamedha. Śukra, a Bhṛgu.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa VI. 7. 24; VIII. 18. 20-21; IX. 18. 14. Vāyu-purāṇa 10. 71.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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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)

Bhrigu was one of the seven great sages, the SaptaRishis. He is a ManasaPutra (wish-born-son) of Lord Brahma. His father is Brahma, who simply wished him into existence, to assist in the process of creation. He is married to Khyati, the daughter of Daksha. He has two sons by her, named Dhata and Vidhata. According to some traditions, Laxmi, the consort of Lord Vishnu is said to be his daughter. He has one more son, who is better known than Bhrigu himself - Shukra. The sage Chyavana is also said to be his son. [Maha:1.5]

Bhrigu is credited as the father of Hindu astrology and the first astrological treatise Bhrigu Samhita is attributed to his authorship. This treatise is said to contain over 5 million horoscopes, in which he wrote down the fate of every being in the universe. According to popular tradition, only about a hundredth of these horoscopes have survived to this age.

Source: Apam Napat: Indian Mythology

Maharishi Bhrigu (Sanskrit: Bhṛgu) was one of the seven great sages, the Saptarshis, one of the many Prajapatis (the facilitators of Creation) created by Brahma (The God of Creation), the first compiler of predictive astrology, and also the author of Bhrigu Samhita, the astrological (Jyotish) classic. Bhrigu is considered as a Manasa Putra (mind-born-son) of Lord Brahma.

Maharishi Bhrigu is credited as the father of Hindu astrology and the first astrological treatise Bhrigu Samhita is attributed to his authorship. This treatise is said to contain over 5 million horoscopes, in which he wrote down the fate of every being in the universe. According to popular tradition, only about a hundredth of these horoscopes have survived to this age. The Bhrigu Samhita is an astrological (jyotish) classic attributed to Maharishi Bhrigu during the Vedic period, although the available evidence suggests that it was compiled over a period of time by the various sishyas (students in the lineage) of Maharishi Bhrigu.

Saint Bhrigu was compatriot and belonged to the times of Manu. Bhrigu had his Ashram (Hermitage) on Vadhusar river a tributory of Drishadwati river near Dhosi Hill in the Vedic state of Brahmavarta, presently on the border of Haryana and Rajasthan in India. Along with Manu, Bhrigu made important contributions to 'Manusmriti', which was constituted out of a sermon to a congregation of saints in the state of Brahmavarta, after the great floods in this area, nearly 10,000 years ago. As per Skanda Purana, Bhrigu migrated to Bhrugukucch Bharuch on the banks of Narmada river in Gujarat, leaving his senile son Chyavana at Dhosi Hill. The later date archaeological findings at Bhrigu Kutch are dated 8500 years old.

Source: WikiPedia: Hinduism

In the Vimānārcakakalpa, thirteen works are attributed to bhṛgu:

  1. khilatantra,
  2. purātantra,
  3. vāsādhikāra,
  4. citrādhikāra,
  5. mānādhikāra,
  6. kriyādhikāra,
  7. arcanādhikāra,
  8. yajnādhikāra,
  9. varṇādhikāra,
  10. prakīrṇādhikāra,
  11. pratigṛhyādhikāra,
  12. niruktādhikāra,
  13. khilādhikāra.

The Ānanda saṃhitā attributes ten works to bhṛgu:

  1. khila,
  2. khilādhikāra,
  3. purādhikāra,
  4. vāsādhikāraṇa,
  5. arcanādhikaraṇa,
  6. mānādhikaraṇa,
  7. kriyādhikāra,
  8. niruktādhikāra,
  9. prakīrṇādhikāra,
  10. yajnādhikāra.

According to the samūrtārcanādhikaraṇa, works attributed to bhṛgu are:

  1. khila,
  2. khilādhikāra,
  3. purātantra,
  4. vāsādhikāra,
  5. citrādhikāra,
  6. kriyādhikāra,
  7. mānādhikāra,
  8. pratigṛhyādhikāra.

The Yajnādhikāra (of bhṛgu) attributes the following works to Bhṛgu:

  1. khila,
  2. kriyādhikāra,
  3. vāsādhikāra,
  4. mānādhikāra,
  5. niruktādhikāra,
  6. prakīrṇādhikāra,
  7. arcanādhikāra,
  8. yajnādhikāra,
  9. varṇādhikāra,
  10. purātantra,
  11. uttaratantra.
Source: Sri Kamakoti Mandali: Hinduism

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

Bhṛgu (भृगु).—

1) Name of a sage, regarded as the ancestor of the family of the Bhṛgus, and described in Ms.1.35 as one of the ten patriarchs created by the first Manu; (said to be so called because he was produced along with flames; saha jvālābhirutpanne bhṛgustasmād bhṛguḥ smṛtaḥ |). [On one occasion when the sages could not agree as to which of the three gods, Brahman, Viṣṇu and Śiva, was best entitled to the worship of Brāhmaṇas, the sage Bhṛgu was sent to test the character of the three gods. He first went to the abode of Brahman, and, on approaching him, purposely omitted an obeisance. Upon this the god reprehended him severely, but was pacified by apologies. Next he entered the abode of Śiva in Kailāsa, and omitted, as before, all tokens of adoration. The vindictive deity was enraged and would have destroyed him, had he not conciliated him by mild words. (According to another account, Bhṛgu was coldly received by Brahman, and he, therefore, cursed him that he would receive no worship or adoration; and condemned Śiva to take the form of a Liṅga, as he got no access to the deity who was engaged in private with his wife). Lastly he went to Viṣṇu, and finding him asleep, he boldly gave the god a kick on his breast which at once awoke him. Instead of showing anger, however, the God arose, and on seeing Bhṛgu, inquired tenderly whether his foot was hurt, and then began to rub it gently. 'This', said Bhṛgu, 'is the mightiest god. He overtops all by the most potent of all weapons--kindness and generosity'. Viṣṇu was therefore, declared to be the god who was best entitled to the worship of all.]

2) Name of the sage Jamadagni.

3) An epithet of Śukra.

4) The planet Venus.

5) A cliff, precipice; कृत्वा पुंवत्पातमुच्चैर्मृगुभ्यः (kṛtvā puṃvatpātamuccairmṛgubhyaḥ) Śi.4.23; भृगुपतनकारणमपृच्छम् (bhṛgupatanakāraṇamapṛccham) Dk.

6) Table-land, the level summit of a mountain.

7) Name of Kṛṣṇa.

8) An epithet of Śiva.

9) Friday.

Derivable forms: bhṛguḥ (भृगुः).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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