Who are Saptarishi?
Saptarishi meaning seven rishis in Sanskrit a widely known for their work, Vedas and Hindu literature since ancient times. They are also known as the seven mind born sons of Lord Brahma.
Kashyap, Atri, Vashista, Vishwamitra, Gautama, Jamadgini, and Bharadvaja are the current saptarishis who serve as the representatives of Lord Brahma during this period.
As per Hindu Shastra there are four Yugas- Satya Yuga, Treta Yuga, Dwapara Yuga, and Kali Yuga. Since 3102BC for almost 4 lakh 32 Thousand years, we have all been in the Kali Yuga.
According to the Vedas, thousands of Brahma have passed, but this is not the first time our universe was created.
According to the Hindu and Vedic time cycles, it takes 14 Manu and their Manvantara to create a Kalpa, known as day of Brahma.
At the end of each Kalpa there is a disillusion period, led by Lord Shiva (The Hindu God of Destruction). Where the world is destroyed and lies in a state of rest, this period is known Pralay or night of Brahma.
It continuous to be an endless cycle of creation and destruction overtime.
Manvantara or known as the age of Manu is the astronomical time measurement in Hinduism.
Lord Brahma the creator of Manvantara is ruled by specific Manu, where each Manvantara lasts a lifetime upon which Lord Brahma creates another one to maintain the cycle of creation.
It is said that Saptarishi live for a Manvantara a period of 306.72 million years. These rishis keep changing after every Manvantara.
On the other hand Lord Vishnu takes new Avatar, and from his Avtar Indra and Saptarishi are appointed.
The Saptarishi also known as Brahmarishi, where the highest class of rishis who have attained the knowledge of a true Brahmin.
One cannot rise to the level of Brahmarishi. Lord Brahma was the one who could choose a rishi but Vishwamitra was one such exception who rose to that position through his excellence.
He had performed meditations and tapasya for tens and thousands of years, due to which he was chosen as the Brahmarishi by Lord Brahma itself.
At the end Manvantar the saptarishi merge with the Lord, once the universe gets destroyed. The task of rebuilding Earth is then passed to the next chosen Saptarishi.
These seven sages have always helped Adiyogi (Lord Shiva) from time to time, to maintain the balance of the universe.
They are even mightier than the Devtas, they are capable of defeating all humans and magical weapons.
More to Know about Saptarishi
As per Hindu Shastras, there are four Yugas : Satya Yuga, Treta Yuga, Dvapara Yuga and Kali Yuga.
Mahayuga is made up of four Yugas, i.e the aggregate of the four Yugas equals to one Mahayuga. Each Manvantaras repeats 71 Maha Yugas. 14 manvantaras together make one kalpa. One Kalpa is said to be the duration of a day/night for Brahma the creator.
We will not delve out any further information about this matter in this post. For this we will need a separate blog. This post is basically on the Saptarshis.
Although when we hear the word Saptarshi, we assume it to be the seven rishis found in the Saptarshi Mandal, but according to various puranas, especially Vishnu Puran, every Manvantara has a new set of Saptarshi. That means the Saptarishis keep changing for every Manvantara.
At the end of each Manvantar, new Saptarishis take responsibility from the old. In this post, we will discuss about the 14 set of Saptarshis found in the 14 Manvantaras.
The First Manvantara-
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The Second Manvantara-
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The Third Manvantara-
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The Fourth Manvantara-
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The Fifth Manvantara-
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The Sixth Manvantara-
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The Seventh Manvantara–
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The Eighth Manvantara-
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The Ninth Manvantara–
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The Tenth Manvantara–
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The Eleventh Manvantara–
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The Twelfth Manvantara–
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The Thirteenth Manvantara-
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The Fourteenth Manvantara-
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