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The ancient rishis of India were the ones who gave the maximum contribution to mankind and in return they lived with the minimum. Hence in the remembrance of their sacrifices, the Indians associated themselves with Gotras (lineage) with their names and even the stars were also named after them since they brightened us with their knowledge and wisdom.
The ancient rishis of India bore multiple titles like Brahmarshi, Maharishi, Rajarshi and Devarishi. With penance of thousand years requiring before stepping up to new title.
Brahmarshi - A sage who has understood the meaning of Brahman.
Maharishi - A great sage
Rajarshi - Royal saint
Devarishi - Celestial sage(like Narada)
1. Maharishi Bhrigu was one of the seven great sages (the Saptarshis).Bhrigu is considered as a Manasa Putra (mind-born-son) of Brahma. Maharishi bhrigu is also called ‘Prajapati’ (Creator) as he was created by lord Brahma to help him in the process of creation of the universe.
Contributions : Maharishi Bhrigu collected birth charts, wrote full-life predictions and compiled them together as Bhrigu Samhita. Bhrigu Samhita is believed to be the first book in the field of astrology.
2. Sage Kashyapa was one of the seven ancient sages (rishi) considered as Saptarishis. The Atharvaveda describe him as a self-made scholar.
Contributions : He authored the treatise Kashyap Samhita, (or Braddha Jivakiya Tantra) which is considered, a classical reference book on Ayurveda especially in the fields of Ayurvedic pediatrics, gynecology and obstetrics. Silpasastra of Kasyapa, is a Sanskrit treatise on architecture, iconography and the decorative arts.
3. Sage Agastya- In the Tamil traditions, he is considered a form of the Hindu god Shiva. Unlike most Vedic sages, he has neither a human mother nor a father. He is born in a mud pitcher along with his twin sage Vashistha. He is the first Tamil Siddhar in the Shaivism tradition.
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