Indian Mythology (by ApamNapat)

SaptaRishis - The Seven Great Sages

सप्त ऋषि

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, Marichi, Angirasa, Atri, Pualsthya, Pulaaha 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: Agastya, Vishwamitra, Bharadwaja, Kanva, Bhrigu, Gautama, and Durvasa.

However, according to the Satapatha-brahmana the seven sages are Gautama, Vishwamitra, Jamadagni, Vasishta, Kashyapa and Atri.

Last Modified At: Wed Nov 17 22:54:55 2004