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Hinduism - Who Is Vishvamitra In The Hindu Pantheon?

 


One of the Seven Sages in Hindu mythology, whose names denote exogamous clan "lineages" (gotra; exogamous clans allow members to marry outside their own clan); the others are Gautama, Bharadvaja, Kashyapa, Bhrgu, Atri, and Vasishtha.

All brahmins are said to be descended from these seven sages, with each family receiving their progenitor's name as their gotra name.

Marriage inside the gotra is outlawed in contemporary times, thus these gotra divides are still crucial.

The new bride takes on her husband's gotra as part of her new identity after their marriage.

Vishvamitra is most well-known for his long-running quarrel with the sage Vasishtha, which has resulted in several battles.

The rivalry arises because of the kshatriyas and brahmins' differing social position.

Vishvamitra is a king who visits the woodland ashram of the brahmin Vasishtha with a contingent of retainers.

Vishvamitra is astounded by Vasishtha's cow, the Kama dhenu's capacity to feed everyone when he requests food.

Vishvamitra attempts to purchase the Kamadhenu first, then tries to seize it by force, but Vasishtha's tapas defeats his henchmen (ascetic practices).

Vishvamitra acknowledges defeat and undertakes ascetic activities in order to generate his own strength.

Two of their most famous fights are over King Trishanku and his son, Harishchandra; in both cases, the actual problem is the sages' mutual hatred.

Marriage bans may also be referred to in this context.


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Hinduism - Who Is Kashyapa?

  

 

Kashyapa is the father of Garuda, the heavenly eagle who acts as the animal "vehicle" for the deity Vishnu, and the chief of the Prajapatis (a class of semi celestial creatures) in Hindu mythology.

Gautama, Bharadvaja, Vasishtha, Bhrgu, Atri, and Vishvamitra are the other Seven Sages whose names signify exogamous clan "lineages" (gotra).

All brahmins are said to be descended from these seven sages, with each family adopting their progenitor's name as their gotra name.

Gotras are still essential in current times, since marriage inside a gotra is prohibited.

The new bride takes her husband's gotra as part of her new identity after their marriage.

Prohibitions against marriage may also be found here. 


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Hinduism - Who Was Bharadvaja (2)?




Bharadvaja (2) (about 5th century B.C.E.). 



A religious scholar has been identified as the author of the Shrauta Sutra (a handbook of Vedic ritual prescriptions) and the Grhya Sutra (a manual of Vedic ritual prescriptions) (manual on domestic rites). 


  • His reign is unknown, although it must have been before Panini, since this grammarian mentions Bharadvaja in the Ashtadhyayi. 
  • Given their desire to enhance the authority of their holy scriptures, many Hindus associate this author with the mythical sage Bharadvaja, despite the lack of concrete proof.



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Hinduism - Who Is Bharadvaja?

 






Bharadvaja is a prominent ascetic and sage in the Ramayana, the first of the two major Hindu epics. 





His ashram, or home, is in Chitrakut, which is today a town in Uttar Pradesh's southeastern region, although the epic depicts it as a woodland hermitage. 


  • When Rama, Sita, and Lakshmana are about to go on their fourteen-year exile, they visit Bharadvaja to seek his blessings (ashirvad). 
  • Bharadvaja is one of the seven exogamous gotra (lineages) whose names are Kashyapa, Bhrgu, Vasishtha, Gautama, Atri, and Vishvamitra in a larger mythical setting. 



All brahmins are said to be descended from these seven sages, with each family's progenitor's name serving as its gotra name. 


  • These gotra divides are still significant in contemporary times, since marriage within the bloodline is prohibited. 
  • The bride takes her husband's gotra as part of her new identity after her marriage. 
  • Prohibitions against marriage may also be found here.



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Be sure to check out my writings on religion here.