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December 31, 2019

CONCEPT OF ṚṢIS AND ṚṢIKULAS IN VEDIC LITERATURE

Mithuna A

Research Scholar, Centre for Sanskrit Vedic–Studies, Sree Sankaracharya University of  Sanskrit, Kalady, Kerala, India.

Abstract


In Vedic treatises, the seers or Ṛṣis are described as of variant types. They are considered as Mantradraṣṭā, Purohita, Kavi, Guru and Muni. The Ṛṣis are classified into different categories. They are Brahmarṣi, Devarṣi, Maharṣi, Paramarṣi, Śrutarṣi, Kāṇḍarṣi and Rājarṣi. The Vedic Ṛṣis are part of the ancient world order of sages connected to the Gods and to the Great Spirit or supreme Brahman beyond time and space. The Gotras of these Ṛṣis are also famous. There are different Ṛṣikulas in Vedic literature. This paper discusses about Vedic Ṛṣis and the different categories to which they belong. It also studies about Vedic Ṛṣis clan focusing on the prominent Gotras of the time.

Keywords


prominent rṣis, rṣikulas, vedic period

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Mithuna, A. (2019). Concept of Ṛsis and Ṛsikulas in Vedic Literature. John Foundation Journal of EduSpark, 1(4), 53-61.

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