Saptarshis, Saptarṣis: 1 definition


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The Sanskrit term Saptarṣis can be transliterated into English as Saptarsis or Saptarshis, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

Saptarṣis (सप्तर्षिस्).—(The seven hermits). A group of hermits. There are seven hermits in this group. The Saptarṣis in each Manvantara (age of Manu) are different. As there are fourteen Manvantaras before a great deluge, by that time ninetyeight Saptarṣis will be born and dead. The father of the Saptarṣis in each Manu’s age will be different. The Saptarṣis of the present Manu’s age, Marīci, Aṅgiras, Atri, Pulastya, Vasiṣṭha, Pulaha and Kratu are the mental sons of Brahmā. (For further details see under the word Manvantara).

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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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