Saptarshi, aka: Saptarishi, Saptarṣi, Saptaṛṣi; 6 Definition(s)
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The Sanskrit terms Saptarṣi and Saptaṛṣi can be transliterated into English as Saptarsi or Saptarshi or Saptarishi, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).
Purana and Itihasa (epic history)
1a) Saptaṛṣi (सप्तऋषि).—The sons of Brahmā who bear the Gaṅgā in their locks; with the constellations traversing Maghas, commenced the Kali age; when they move to Pūrvāṣāḍha, there began the reign of Nanda;1 separate for every epoch; cursed by Maheśvara were born in Janaloka, and born in Cākṣuṣa epoch during the Vāruṇa sacrifice.2 Kuṇḍam of, near Agastya's hermitage;3 look on the first Prajāpati emerging out of Ekārṇava;4 residents of Brahmakṣetra.5
- 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa V. 17. 3; XII. 2. 27-33.
- 2) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 36. 18; 23. 38; 26. 30; III. 1. 13.
- 3) Ib. III. 5. 80; 13. 62; 35. 43.
- 4) Ib. I. 1. 185.
- 5) Vā: 59: 105-106.
1b) The seven sages born on the earth in Dvāpara; conquered death by foregoing desire for progeny; were followed in the path of Ūrdhvaretasas by 88,000 others; all immortals decline after the deluge;1 their permanent abode in front of Dhruva;2 a lakh of yojanas above Śanaiścara;3 lived with Magha during the age of Parīkṣit;4 their one year = 3030 years of our reckoning;5 gave out śrautadharma at the commencement of the Tretāyugam;6 remembered by Indra they went to Umā and Śiva and got their marriage celebrated; they tested Umā's firmness in her love in different ways and found her not wanting at all.7
- 1) Matsya-purāṇa 124. 106-11.
- 2) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 21. 168; 24. 122; 29. 17, 45; IV. 2. 134. Matsya-purāṇa 4. 37: 128. 74. Viṣṇu-purāṇa II: 9. 10.
- 3) Vāyu-purāṇa 53. 97: 101. 134: Viṣṇu-purāṇa II. 7. 9.
- 4) Matsya-purāṇa 273. 39, 44.
- 5) Ib. 142. 13. Vāyu-purāṇa 57. 18.
- 6) Matsya-purāṇa 142. 40-41; Br: II. 32. 34, 42, 91-4; 35. 103, 184, 189.
- 7) Matsya-purāṇa 154. 311-41.
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.
General definition (in Hinduism)
The Saptarishi (from saptarṣi, "seven sages") are the seven rishis who are extolled at many places in the Vedas and Hindu literature. The Vedic Samhitas never enumerate these rishis by name, though later Vedic texts such as the Brahmanas and Upanisads do so. They are regarded in the Vedas as the patriarchs of the Vedic religion.
The earliest list of the Seven Rishis is given by Jaiminiya Brahmana 2.218-221:
- Visvamitra, and
followed by Brihadaranyaka Upanisad 2.2.6 with a slightly different list:
- Gautama and
- Viśvāmitra and
- Vashiṣṭha and
- Kaśyapa, and
The late Gopatha Brāhmana 1.2.8 has
- Vrighu and
In post-Vedic texts, different lists appear; some of these rishis were recognized as the 'mind born sons' (Sanskrit: manasa putra) of Brahma, the representation of the Supreme Being as Creator. Other representations are Mahesha or Shiva as the Destroyer and Vishnu as the Preserver. Since these seven rishis were also among the primary eight rishis, who were considered to be the ancestors of the Gotras of Brahmins, the birth of these rishis was mythicized.Source: WikiPedia: Hinduism
SaptaRishis, are the seven great sages in Indian Mythology. They have attained a semi-immortal status, that of an exceedingly long life span due to their Yogic power and by the power of their penance.
The sages are
- Vasishta the preceptor of Ishvahu clan,
- and Krathu.
The all revolve around Dhruva, the pole star.
They are said to be the constellation Ursa Major (Big dipper). Arundhati, the wife of Vasishta accompanies him in this constellation. Some of these sages appear in many stories, while the others have very few references in Indian mythology. Some of the other occur very often in these stories, even though they are not part of the SaptaRishis.
Some of these Rishis (Sages) are:
- and Durvasa.
However, according to the Satapatha-brahmana the seven sages are
- and Atri.
Languages of India and abroad
saptaṛṣi (सप्तऋषि).—m pl (S) The seven saints of the Brahmarshi order, contemporary with each Manu. The names of the several series differ; the names of the saints of the present Manwantara are kaśyapa, atri, bharadvāja, viśvāmitra, gautama, jamadagni, vaśiṣṭha, or, according to other authority, marīci, atri, aṅgirasa, pulasti or styā, pulaha, kratu, vaśiṣṭha. These form, in astronomy, the asterism of Ursa major.
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saptarṣi (सप्तर्षि).—m pl S The same with saptaṛṣi.Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary
saptaṛṣi (सप्तऋषि).—m plu The seven saints of the brahmarṣi order. (In astronomy.) The as- terism of Ursa major.Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English
Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.
Saptarṣi (सप्तर्षि).—m. Plu.
(-rṣayaḥ) 1. The constellation Ursa Major, the seven stars of which are the seven great saints, viz:—Marichi, Atri, Angiras, Pulastya, Pulaha, Kratu, and Vasisht'Ha. 2. The seven sages themselves. E. sapta seven, and ṛṣi a sage.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family. Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.
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Brihat Samhita (by N. Chidambaram Iyer)
Yoga Vasistha [English], Volume 1-4 (by Vihari-Lala Mitra)
Chapter XXVI - Admonition of sukra to bali < [Book V - Upasama khanda (upashama khanda)]
Chapter LII - Grandeur of the air-born king < [Book IV - Sthiti prakarana (sthiti prakarana)]
Chapter XCIII - The advent and psalmody of a siddha < [Book VII - Nirvana prakarana part 2 (nirvana prakarana)]
The Brahmanda Purana (by G.V. Tagare)
Chapter 1 - Birth of seven sages (saptarṣi): Race of Bhṛgu and Aṅgiras < [Section 3 - Upodghāta-pāda]
Chapter 11 - The creation of Sages (saptarṣi) < [Section 2 - Anuṣaṅga-pāda]
Chapter 29 - Cycle of Yugas: characteristics of Yugas < [Section 2 - Anuṣaṅga-pāda]
Manusmriti with the Commentary of Medhatithi (by Ganganatha Jha)
Verse 8.110 < [Section XVIII - Oaths and Ordeals]
Verse 2.6 < [Section III - Sources of Knowledge of Dharma]
The Nilamata Purana (by Dr. Ved Kumari)