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The sages of Hinduism had immense power acquired through great endeavors of spirituality. Through severe penance, they acquired the supreme truth and wrote knowledge-filled scriptures.

Ruru

Ruru was a famous rishi of the Bhriguvansha. He was also known as Sunaka. He married Pramadvara, daughter of Menaka and Vishwavasu. Family Father: Pramati Mother: Grtachi Wife: Pramadvara Son: Saunaka Birth Chyavana, the son of Bhrigu, married Sukanya and had a son named Pramati. He was seduced by the Apsara Grtachi and he married …

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Bhrigu

Bhrigu is a sage. He is the founder of the renowned Bhrigu vamsha. He was first born as a mind-born son of Brahma during the Creation. Later, he was reborn in Chakshusa Manvantara (if you don’t know what a Manvantara is, visit Time in Hinduism) from Brahma’s fire and adopted by Varuna. Family 1st Birth: …

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Parashara

Parashara was a great rishi. He was classified as a Maharshi. He was the father of Ved Vyas and grandson of Vashishta. He wrote many different ancient texts and scriptures, including the Parashara Samhita and the Brihat Parashara Hora Shashtra (fundamental book for Vedic astrology). Family Father: Shakti Mother: Adrishyanti Wife: Satyavati Matsyagandha Son: Ved …

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Ranks of Rishis

There are three ranks of a rishi (sage): Brahmarshi, Maharshi, and Rajarshi. Brahmarshis are rishis that have overcome their senses and passions. There are also devarshis. Order Brahmarshis (Brahma rishis): The highest class of rishis are the Brahmarshis. Brahmarshis have gained mastery over their senses and passions. The Saptarishis are flawless perfect Brahmarshis. Brahmarshis also …

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Vishwamitra and Menaka making love on the riverbank

Vishwamitra

Vishwamitra is a great sage. He is one of the Saptarishis of this Manvantara, Vaivasvata Manvantara (if you don’t know what a Manvantara is, visit Time in Hinduism). He is the author of most of Mandala 3 of the Rigveda. Family Father: Gadhi Mother: Name not Known Sister: Satyavati Wives: Haimavati, Menaka Sons: 104 Sons Daughter: …

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Atri

Atri is a great sage. He is one of the Manasputra, the mind-born sons of Brahma. Atri is also a Saptarishi, the seven great sages. His wife is Anasuya. Atri is credited with composing many hymns on Vedic gods such as Indra and Agni. The fifth Mandala of the Rig Veda, Atri Mandala, is named …

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Asravya

Asravya is a sage who is a member of Indra‘s court.

Devahavya

Devahavya is a sage (rishi) who is a member of Indra‘s assembly. He is a very great and intelligent sage. He has many magical and supernatural powers. Devahavya studied all 4 Vedas, the Upanishads, Puranas, Upa-Puranas, Brahmanas, Shastras, and many other advanced texts. He is very knowledgable and helps Indra make decisions.