Bhrigu Muni

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Bhrigu Muni

 

1) General.
A sage, the son of Brahma. He was the founder of Bhrgu Vamsa. Members of the Bhrgu vamsa are called Bhargavas. Bhrguvamsa has been reputed for many of its members who were Rsis of great sanctity and gtandeur.

 

2 ) Birth.
Utsamgad Narado jajne
dakso ‘mgusthat svayambhuvah
Pranadvasisthah samjato
Bhrgustvacah karatkratuh”.
Narada was born from Brahma’s lap, Daksa from his amgustha, Vasistha from his Prana, Bhrigu from his skin and Kratu from his arm.

From these lines we see that Bhrgu was born from Brahma’s skin (tvak) . But in Maha-bharata Adi Parva, 5th Chapter, we find another version regarding his birth. In that passage we read that Bhrgu was born from “Vahni” (fire). In the light of these two statements, we may examine Bhrgu’s birth.

 

Bhrgu had two incarnations. The first time he was born from Brahma’s skin. In course of time, the sage Bhrgu became famous. In the Daksayajna, this sage was present as one of the Rtviks (ofliciating priests). On that occasion, Satidevi who was in rage and grief because her husband (Siva) was not invited to the yaga, committed suicide by jumping into the sacrificial fire. Hearing about this, Siva was enraged and the monster spirits who emerged from his matted locks caught hold of the Rtviks. Bhagavata caturtha skandha says that the Bhuta named Nandisvara, who emerged from diva’s locks, caught hold of Bhrgu and killed him.

Therefore the Bhrgu who was born from Brahma’s skin must be considered as having died at Daksayajna.
Bhrgu was born again in Vaivasvata Manvantara. This second birth was at the famous Brahmayajna of Varuna. He was reborn from fire, as Brahma’s son. This child who was born from Brahma’s semen which fell in the sacrificial fire, was brought up by Varuna and his wife Carsani. Consequently Bhrgu is referred to as “Varunaputra” and “Carsaniputra” in some Puranas. Since he was born at Varuna’s yaga he is sometimes called “Varuni Bhrigu”.

 

3 ) Bhrgu Vamsa. (Bhrigu family).
Each birth of Bhrgu gave rise to a separate family. They are given below separately:-

 

First birth:
Bhrgu and his wife Khyati had a daughter Laksmi and three sons, Dhata, Vidhata and Kavi. Mahameru’s daughters, Ayati and Niyati became the wives of Dhata and Vidhata, respectively. Two sons, Prana and Mrikandu were born to those two couples. Markandeya was born to Mrkandu and from Markandeya was born Vedasiras. Prana had a son, Dyutiman who had a son Rajavan. From that Rajavan, Bhrgu Vamsa multiplied. The family tree of this first Bhrgu Vamsa is given below:
(See Visnu Purana, Part I, Chapter 10).

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Second Birth:
The second Bhrgu Vamsa is the family which took its origin from the second birth of Bhrgu as the son of Varuna. Varuna’s son, Bhrgu married the woman, Puloma.
They had six children who were, Bhuta, Cyavana, Vajrasirsa, Suci, Sukra, and Savana. By his first wife Bhuta, he had his sons, Ekadasa Rudras (eleven Rudras) and Rudra Parsadas 
(Attendants of Rudra) and by his second wife Sarupa he had a crore of Rudras.

Cyavana had two wives, Sukanya and Arusi. Aurva, a son was born to Arusi. From Aurva was born Ricika, from Ricika Jamadagni and from Jamadagni, Parasurama.

Cyavana had a son, Pravati, by his wife Sukanya. Ruru or Sunaka was the son of Pravati by the Apsara Ghrtaci. Ruru and his wife Pramadvara had a son, gaunaka. Suka, the son of Bhrgu had two sons, Caj,cla and Alarka and a daughter, Devayani. This is the second Bhrgu Vamsa.
The family tree is given below.

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4 ) Bhrgu cursed Maha Visnu. Once a terrible war broke out between Devas and Asuras. In that war, not only were the Asuras defeated but many of them were also killed. Diti, the mother of the Asuras, with tears in her eyes, complained to Bhrgupati. #Puloma, mother of Sukra, promised to find a remedy far this somehow. She at once went to the forest and started a tapes for the annihilation of the Devas. As the tapas gained force, the Devas were alarmed and they sought the protection of Mahavisnu. Mahavisnu used his Vajrayudha (Vajra weapon) against Bhrgu’s wife, Puloma. Under the stroke of Vajra she fell down, a headless corpse. The enraged Maharsi Bhrgu cursed Mahavisnu to be born as a mortal in this world and to suffer the pangs of separation from his wife. When the curse was pronounced against Mahavisnu, he directed his weapon Cakra against the Maharsi. Bhrgu fled in panic and at last begged pardon and prayed for shelter to Mahavisnu himself an the ocean of milk. Visnu withdrew his Cakra. Bhrgu himself restored Puiorna to life. To fulfil the condition of Bhrgu’s curse, Visnu agreed to incarnate in the world as Sri Rama, the son of Dasaratha and to experience the pain of separation from his wife. (Uttara Ramayana).

 

5 ) Bhrigu kicked Visnu.
Long ago all the Maharsis joined together to perform a yaga on the bank of the river Sarasvati. A dispute arose among them as to who was the most mighty among the Trimurtis. Some of them voted for Brahma, others declared that Visnu was more mighty than the other two, while a third group stood for diva’s superiority. They unanimously elected Bhrgu to ascertain and find out the truth of kite matter.

Bhrgu set out to Devaloka. First he went to Brahma’s assembly. There, in the presence of Brahma who was seated, in the midst of many Munis, Bhrgu took his seat on a stool. Brahma was provoked by thus act of disrespect. Bhrgu left the place without a word and went to Siva’s place. Siva rose from his seat and approached him to embrace and welcome him. Bhrgu shrank back saying, “Do not touch me ?” Siva became angry and was about to hit him with his trident when Parvati stopped him.

There he saw Mahavisnu in a deep slumber. Seeing Mahavisnu whose task is the preservation of the world, sleeping like an irresponsible person, Bhrgu gave him a kick on his breast. Visnu who sprang up suddenly, saw Bhrgu standing before him. He begged pardon of the sage. He declared that he would carry Bhrgu’s footprint permanently on his chest as a sign of his repentance for having shown disrespect to the Maharsi. This foot-print still remains on Visnu’s chest and is known by the name #Srivatsa. In this way, the Munis came to the conclusion that Mahavisnu is the noblest of the Trimurtis.
(Bhagavata, Dasama Skandha).

 

6 ) The origin of Bhrgu Tirtha. There is a sacred spot called, “Bhrgu Tirtha” on the western side of Dasasvamedha. It is here that Bhrgu once offered tapas to Siva. Owing to the austerity o£ his tapas, his hair became matted and discoloured. His body was completely covered with earth heaped up by termites. When Sva was still not propitiated, Parvati interceded with him on behalf of Bhrgu, Siva agreed to bless Bhrgu.

Siva sent his bull to the place where Bhrgu was sitting. The hull in the course of its gambols broke up and destroyed the earthen covering on his body which was made by the termites. Bhrgu became angry and chased the bull. But he was stunned by the sight of the bull rising up to heaven through the air. A divine light spread there. Siva appeared before him and asked him what boon he wanted. Bhrgu prayed that the place where he was doing tapas,should become a holy spot. Siva granted his prayer and from that day, the place became famous under the name “Bhrgu Tirtha”.

Brahma and other Devas and the Kinnaras still worship this Bhrgu Tirtha. All sin is removed by a mere sight of this sacred Tirtha. Those who bathe in the holy water of this place attain Heaven and they will not be born again. Even by hearing about the greatness and glory of this Bhrgu Tirtha, one will be cleared of all sins and find an easy way to Sivaloka. (Padma Purana, Chapter 20.).

 

7) Other details.
(1) It was Bhrgu who gave the boon for having progeny to Sagara, King of the solar dynasty. Sagara, with his two wives, Kesini and Sumati, performed tapas at Bhrgu prasravana in the Himalayas. After a hundred years, Bhrgu, who was pleased, blessed the king that he would have numerous children by one wife and one son who would be progenitor of a vamsa by the other wife.
(Valmiki Ramayana, Balakanda; 38th Sarga).

(2) Once when some Munis went to Dvaraka, Samba and other Yadavas mocked them and the Munis cursed them. Bhrgu was one of those Munis. (See the word Samba).

(3) Parasurama, after exterminating the Ksatriya kings, went to the Asrama of Bhrgu, the founder of the family and received his blessings. (Brahmanda Purana, Chapter 62).

(4) Bhrgu Maharsi was a prominent member in Yudhislhira’s assembly. (M.B. Chapter 4, Verse 16).

(5) He was also a member of Indra’s assembly. It was by Bhrgu’s brilliance that Indra’s glory was heightened. (M.B. Sabha Parva, Chapter 7, Verse 29) .

(6) Bhrgu was at member of Brahma’s assembly also. (M.B. Sabha Parva, Chapter 11, Verse 19).

( 7) Once Bhrgu blessed his son Ricika and his daughter in-law Satyavati that they would have children. (M.B. Vana Parva, Chapter 116, Verse 35) .

(8) Sri Krsna who went as the messenger of peace to Hastinapura, travelled in Daksinavarta, along with the sage Bhrgu. (M.B. Udyoga Parva, Chapter 83, Verse

(9) Bhrgu entered the scene of battle between the Kurus and Pandavas and tried to persuade Dronacarya to withdraw from the fight. (M.B. Drona Parwa, Chapter 190, Verse 34) .

(10) Once Bhrgu lectured on the origin of the earth, Philosophy of life, etc. (M.B. Santi Parva, Chapter 128).

(11) Bhrgu explained to Bharadvaja how the Pancabhutas except the sky originated (anti Parva, Chapter 183).

(12) Bhrgu discussed in a logical manner, the principle of life anti the transmigration of the soul. (Santiparva, Chapter 187).

( 13) He made a critical examination of the merits and defects of racial discrimination. (Santi Parva, Chapter 187).

(14) Once Bhrgu bestowed Brahminhood on a King named Vitahavya. (M.B. Anusasana Parva, Chapter 30, Verse 57).

( 15) He got the name “Bhrgu” because he was born out of fire. (Maha-bharata Anusasana Parva, Chapter 85, Verse 105).

( 16) It was Bhrgu who gave the necessary advice to Agastya to depose Nahusa from Indra’s post.

(17) There is a story that Nahusa kicked Agastya on the head while the latter was carrying Nahusa’s palanquin and that Bhrgu, who was hiding in Agastya’s locks of hair, cursed Nahusa and changed him into a python. (M.B. Anusasana Parva, Chapter 100).

 

 


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Bhrigu Muni (Italiano)

 

Bhrigu fu il fondatore della Bhrgu-vamsa; i suoi discendenti vengono perciò chiamati Bhargava. Questa dinastia è divenuta celebre per i moltissimi nomi di saggi e avatara divini che vi appartengono. Avendo avuto due incarnazioni durate questo kalpa, esistono altrettante Bhrigu-vamsa. Nella prima incarnazione questi nacque dalla pelle (tvak) di Brahma e durante la furiosa battaglia che sorse a causa della morte di Sati, fu ucciso da Nandisvara[1]. Rinacque ancora durante il Caksusa Manvantara[2], generato nel fuoco (vahni). In quell’occasione fu allevato dal Deva Varuna e da sua moglie Carsani. Questo potente saggio, che poteva viaggiare senza restrizioni in tutto l’universo, comparve in momenti importanti della nostra storia. Era un maestro di astronomia e fu lui a spiegare questa scienza a Bharadvaja Muni. Scrisse la Bhrigu-samhita.

 

 

 

Puranic

 

1) General. A sage, the son of Brahma. He was the founder of Bhrgu vamsa. Members of the Bhrgu variisa are called `Bhargavas.’ Bhrguvamsa has been reputed for many of its members who were Rsis of great sanctity and gtandeur.

 

2 ) Birth. “Utsarhgad Narado jajne Dakso ‘rilgusthat svayaaiibhuvah / Pranadvasisthah samjato Bhrgustvacah karatkratuh”.

From these lines we see that Bhrgu was born from Brahma’s skin (tusk ) . But in MR Adi Parva, 5th Chapter, we find another version regarding his birth. In that passage we read that Bhrgu was born from “Vahni” (fire). In the light of these two statements, we may examine Bhrgu’s birth.

 

 

 

Bhrgu had two incarnations. The first time he was born from Brahma’s skin. In course of time, the sage Bhrgu became famous. In the Daksayaga, this sage was present as one of the Rtviks (officiating priests). On that occasion, Satidevi who was in rage and grief because her husband (Siva) was not invited to the yaga, committed suicide by jumping into the sacrificial fire. Hearing about this, Sati was enraged and the monster spirits who emerged from his matted locks caught hold of the Rtviks. Bhagavata caturtha skandha says that the Bhuta named Nandisvara, who emerged from diva’s locks, caught hold of Bhrgu and killed him.

Therefore the Bhrgu who was born from Brahma’s skin must be considered as having died at Daksayaga. Bhrgu was born again in Vaivasvata Manvantara. This second birth was at the famous Brahmayajna of Varuna. He was reborn from fire, as Brahma’s son. This child who was born from Brahma’s semen which fell in the sacrificial fire, was brought up by Varuna and his wife Carsani. Consequently Bhrgu is referred to as “Varunaputra” and “Carsaniputra” in some Puranas. Since he was born at Varuna’s yaga he is sometimes called “Varun3 Bhrgu”.

3 ) Bhrgu , family. Each birth of Bhrgu gave rise to a separate family. They are given below separately:-First birth: Bhrgu and his wife Khyati had a daughter Laksmi and three sons, Dhata, Vidhata and Kavi. Mahameru’s daughters, Ayati and Niyati became the wives of Dhata and Vidhata, respectively. Two sons, Prana and Mrkandu were born to those two couples. Markandeya was born to M,rkandu and from Markandeya was born Vedasiras. Prana had a son, Dyutiman who had a son Rajavan. From that Rajavan, Bhrgu Vamsa multiplied. The family tree of this first Bhrgu Vamsa is given below:-(See Visnu pura.na, Part I, Chapter 10).

Second Birth: The second Bhrgu Vamsa is the family which took its origin from the second birth of Bhrgu as the son of Varuna. Varuna’s son, Bhrgu married the woman, Puloma. They had six children who were, Bhuta, Cyavana, Vajrasirsa, Suci, 5ukra, and Savana. By his first wife Bhuta, he had his sons, “tkadasa Rudras” (eleven Rudras ) arid “Rudra Parsadas”

*Narada was born from Brahma’s lap, Dakga from his Amgusha, Vasislha from his Prana, Bhrgu from his skin and Kratu from his arm.

 

 

 

(Attendants of Rudra) and by his second wife Sarupa he had a crore of Rudras. Cyavana had two wives, Sukanya and Arusi. Aurva, a son was born to Arusi. From Aurva was born Rcika, from Rcika Jamadagni and from Jamadagni, Parasurama. Cyavana had a son, Pravati, by his wife Sukanya. Ruru or Sunaka was the son of Pravati by the Apsara Ghrtaci. Ruru and his wife Pramadvara had a son, gaunaka. Suka, the son of Bhrgu had two sons, Caj,cla and Alarka and a daughter, Devayani. This is the second Bhrgu Vamsa.1 The family tree is given below.

 

4 ) Bhrgu cursed Mahavisnu. Once a terrible war broke out between Devas and Asuras. In that war, not only were the Asuras defeated but many of them were also killed. Diti, the mother of the Asuras, with tears in her eyes, complained to Bhrgupati. Puloma, Mother of $ukra, promised to find a remedy far this somehow. She at once went to the forest and started a tapes for the annihilation of the Devas. As the tapes gained force, the Devas were alarmed and they sought the protection of Mahavisnu. Mahavisnu used his Vajrayudha (Vajra weapon) against Bhrgu’s wife, Puloma. Under the stroke of Vajra she fell down, a headless corpse. The enraged Bhrgu cursed Mahavisnu to be born as a mortal in this world and to suffer the pangs of separation from his wife. When the curse was pronounced against Mahavisnu, he directed his weapon Cakra against the Maharsi. Bhrgu fled in panic and at last begged pardon and prayed for shelter to Mahavisnu himself an the ocean of milk. Visnu withdrew his Cakra. Bhrgu himself restored Puloma to life. To fulfil the condition of Bhrgu’s curse, Visnu agreed to incarnate in the world as Ari Rama, the son of Dagaratha and to experience the pain of separation from his wife. (Uttara Ramayana).

5 ) Bhrgu kicked Him. Long ago all the Maharsis joined together to perform a yaga on the bank of the river Sarasvati. A dispute arose among them as to who was the most mighty among the Trtmurtis. Some of them voted for Brahma, others declared that Visnu was more mighty than the other two, while a third group stood for diva’s superiority. They unanimously elected Bhrgu to ascertain and find out the truth of kite matter.

 

Varuna= Carsani

 

Varuni Bhrgu—Puloma

Bhrgu set out to Devaloka. First he went to Brahma’s assembly. There, in the presence of Brahma who was seated, in the midst of many Munis, Bhrgu took his seat on a stool. Brahma was provoked by thus act of disrespect. Bhrgu left the place without a word and went to diva’s place. Siva rose from his seat and approached ,him to embrace and welcome him. Bhrgu, shrank bask saying, “Do ‘not touch me ?” Siva became angry and was about to hit him with his trident when Parvati stopped him.

There he saw Mahavisnu in a deep slumber. Seeing Mahavisnu whose task is the preservation of the world, sleeping like: an irresponsible person, Bhrgu gave him a kick on his breast. Visnu who sprang up suddenly, saw Bhrgu standing before him. He begged pardon of the sage. He declared that he would carry Bhrgu’s footprint permanently on his chest as a sign of his repentance for having shown disrespect to the Maharsi. This foot-print still remains on Visnu’s chest and is known by the name “8rivatsa”. In this way, the Munis came to the conclusion that Mahavisztu is the noblest of the Trimurtis. (Bhagavata, Dasama Skandha).

 

6 ) The origin of Bhrgu Tirtha. There is a sacred spot called, “Bhrgu Tirtha” on the western side of Dasasvamedha. It is here that Bhrgu once offered tapes to diva. Owing to the austerity o£ his tapes, his hair became matted and discoloured. His body was completely covered with earth heaped up by termites. When S`iva was still not propitiated, Parvati interceded with him on behalf o£ Bhrgu, diva agreed to bless Bhrgu.

 

Siva sent his bull to the place where Bhrgu was sitting. The bull in the course of its gambols broke up and destroyed the earthen covering on his body which was made by the termites. Bhrgu became angry and chased the bull. But he was stunned by the sight of the bull rising up to heaven through the air. A divine light spread there. Siva appeared before him and asked him what boon he wanted. Bhrgu prayed that the place where he was doing tapas,should become a holy spot. Siva granted his prayer and from that day, the place became famous under the name “Bhrgu Tirtha”.

 

 

 

Devi I3hagavata, Saptama Skandha says that Bhrgu had married two daughters of Daksa. Mahabharata Anuiasana Parva Chapter 85, Verse 127 says that Bhrgu had seven sons, namely Cyavana Vajrasila, guci, Aurva, ~ukraa Varenya, and Savana.

 

Brahma and other Devas and the Kinnaras still worship this Bhrgu Tirtha. All sin is removed by a mere sight of this sacred Tirtha. Those who bathe in the holy water of this place attain Heaven and they will not be born again. Even by hearing about the greatness and glory of this Bhrgu Tirtha, one will be cleared of all sins and find an easy way to Sivaloka. (Padma Purana, Chapter 20.).

7) Other details. (1) It was Bhrgu who gave the boon for having progeny to Sagara., King of the solar dynasty. Sagara, with his two wives, Kesini and Sumati, performed tapas at Bhrgu prasravana in the Himalayas. After a hundred years, Bhrgu, who was pleased, blessed the king that he would have numerous children by one wife and one son who would be progenitor of a vain “a, by the other wife. (Vdlmiki Ramayana, Balakanda; 38th Sarga).

 

(2) Once when. some Munis went. to Dvaraka, Samba and other Yadavas mocked them and the Munis cursed them. Bhrgu was one of those Munis. (See the word Samba).

(3) Parasurama, after exterminating the Ksatriya kings, went to the Asrama of Bhrgu, the founder of the family and received his blessings. (Brahmanda Purana, Chapter 62).

(4) Bhrgu Maharsi was a prominent member,in Yudhislhira’s assembly. (M.B. Chapter 4, Verse 16).

(5) He was also a member of Indra’s assembly. It was by Bhrgu’s brilliance that Indra’s glory was heightened. (M.B. Sabha Parva, Chapter 7, Verse 29) .

(6) Bhrgu was at member of Brahma’s assembly also. (M.B. Sabha Parva, Chapter 11, Verse 19).

( 7) Once Bhrgu blessed his son Rcika and his daughterin-law Satyavati that they would have children. (M.B. Vana Parva, Chapter 116, Verse 35) .

(8) Sri Krsna who went as the messenger of peace to Hastinapura, travelled in Daksinavarta, along with the slag a Bhrgu. (M.B. Udyoga Parva, Chapter 83, Verse

(9) Bhrgu entered the scene of battle between the Kurus and Pandavas and tried to persuade Droniacarya to withdraw from the fight. (M.B. Drona Parwa, Chapter 190, Verse 34) .

(10) Once Bhrgu lectured on the origin of the earth, Philosophy off life, etc. (M.B. Santi Parva, Chapter 128).

(11)Bhrgu explained to Bharadvaja how the Paficabhutas except the sky originated (anti Parva, Chapter 183).

 

(12) Bhrgu discussed in a logica1 manner, the principle of life anti the transmtgration of the soul. (Santiparva, Chapter 187).

( 13) He made a critical examination of the merits and defects of racial discrimination. (Santi Parva, Chapter 187).

(14) Once Bhrgu bestowed Brahminhood on a King named Vitahavya. (M.B. Anusiasana. Parva, Chapter 30, Verse 57).

 

( 15) He got the name “Bhrgu” because he was born out of fire. (M.B. AnuSdsana Parva, Chapter 85, Verse 105).

 

( 16) It was Bhrgu who gave the necessary advice to Agastya to depose Nahusa from Indra’s post.

(17) There is a story that Nahusa kicked Agastya on the head while the latter was carrying Nahusa’s palanquin and that Bhrgu, who was hiding in Agastya’s locks of hair, cursed Nahusa and changed him into a python. (M.B. Anusasana Parva, Chapter 100).

[1] Vedi “Sati, la figlia di Daksha, e Shiva” in questo stesso capitolo.

[2] Qualcuno sostiene che la seconda nascita di Bhrigu avvenne durante il Vaivasvata Manvantara.

 

 

 

 

DUBIOUS INFORMATIONS

Bhrigu – Father of Shukracharya
भृगु
Bhrigu was one of the seven great sages, the SaptaRishis. He is a ManasaPutra (wish-born-son) of Lord Brahma. His father is Brahma, who simply wished him into existence, to assist in the process of creation. He is married to Khyati, the daughter of Daksha. He has two sons by her, named Dhata and Vidhata. According to some traditions, Laxmi, the consort of Lord Vishnu is said to be his daughter. He has one more son, who is better known than Bhrigu himself – Shukra. The sage Chyavana is also said to be his son. [Maha:1.5]

Bhrigu is credited as the father of Hindu astrology and the first astrological treatise Bhrigu Samhita is attributed to his authorship. This treatise is said to contain over 5 million horoscopes, in which he wrote down the fate of every being in the universe. According to popular tradition, only about a hundredth of these horoscopes have survived to this age.

In a popular tale involving Bhrigu, once he participated in a debate concerning who among the divine trinity Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma is greater. He first visited Brahma and Shiva, both of whom, when they leared of his quest, sought to impress him with their power. However when he reached Vaikunta, the abode of Vishnu, he saw that the god was fast asleep. Brighu called to him many times, but could not wake him up. Angered, he kicked the God on his chest. This woke Vishnu up. Immediately he started pressing the sage’s feet, asking him if he had hurt his feet in kicking his hard chest. Upon seeing the humility of the God, Bhrigu leared the answer that he had been seeking for so long.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bhrigu

Maharishi Bhrigu (Sanskrit: Bhṛgu) was one of the seven great sages, the
Saptarshis, one of the many Prajapatis (the facilitators of Creation) created by
[[Brahma] Born in ballia. (The God of Creation),[1] the first compiler of predictive
astrology, and also the author of Bhrigu Samhita, the astrological (Jyotish) classic.
Bhrigu is considered as a Manasa Putra (mind-born-son) of Brahma. The adjectival
form of the name, Bhargava, is used to refer to the descendants and the school of
Bhrigu. According to Manusmriti, Bhrigu was a compatriot of and lived during the
[2]
Bhrigu A painting depicting Bhrigu Information time of Manu, the Hindu progenitor of humanity.
Bhrigu had his Ashram
(Hermitage) on the Vadhusar River, a tributary of the Drishadwati River near Dhosi
Hill in the Vedic state of Brahmavarta,[3] presently on the border of Haryana and
Rajasthan in India [4] Along with Manu, Bhrigu had made important contributions to
‘Manusmriti’, which was constituted out of a sermon to a congregation of saints in
[5]
ago.
the banks of Narmada river in Gujarat, leaving his son Chyavana at Dhosi Hill.
He was married to Khyati, the daughter of Daksha. He had two sons and one daughter by her, named Dhata and Vidhata. His daughter Sri, married Vishnu
[7]
He has one more son through Kavyamata (Usana), who is better known than Bhrigu
himself – Shukra, learned sage and guru of the asuras. The sage Chyavana is also
said to be his son through Puloma. [Maha:1.5] One of his descendants was sage Jamadagni, who in turn was the father of sage Parshurama, considered an avatar of Vishnu.[9][10][11]
Contents
In scriptures
Bhrigu and Places associated with him Testing the divine Trimurti
Bhrigu Samhita
References
In scriptures
Bhrigu finds mention in Shiva Purana and Vayu Purana, where he is shown present during the great Yagna of Daksha Prajapati (his father-in-law).[12] He supports the continuation of the Yagna of Daksha even after being warned that without an offering for Shiva, it was asking for a catastrophe for everyone present there.
[13]
the state of Brahmavarta, after the great floods in this area,
[6]
nearly 10,000 years As per Skanda Purana Bhrigu migrated to Bhrigukutch, modern Bharuch on
.He had one more son, who is better known than Maharishi Bhrigu ji
[8]
Family Spouse(s) Children
Brahma (father)
Khyati, Kavyamata
(Narayana).
himself –Shukra. The sage Chyavana is also said to be his son.
Dhata, Vidhata, Shukra, Chyavana and Bhargavi
In the Bhagavad Gītā, Krishna says that among sages, Bhrigu is representative of the opulence of God.
Bhrigu and Places associated with him

Bhrigu’s Ashram ‘Deepotsak’ was located near Dhosi Hill in Narnaul district in Haryana, from where he migrated to Bharuch.[14] His son Chyawan Rishi, known for Chyawanprash also had his Ashram at Dhosi Hill. “Bharuch”, Swami Malai, Tirumala, Ballia, Nanguneri, Thiruneermala, Mannargudi and in most of the South Indian Vishnu temples (as duo with Markendeya Rishi) An Ashram for Bhrigu is in Maruderi, Kanchipuram district in Tamil Nadu. This place is known as Shri Bhrigu Arul Nilayam The Rohini star of Dhanur month is celebrated here. Devotees visiting Maruderi are given Herbal medicine and food during this period.
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Testing the divine Trimurti
Many great sages gathered at the bank of river Sarasvati to participate in Maha yagya organized at that time. Maharishi Bhrigu was also present there. All the great saints and sages could not decide that out of the Trinity Lord Vishnu, Brahma and Shiv who is pre- eminent and to whom should they offer Pradhanta (Master) of that yagya. With the consent of all the great saints present there, it was decided that Maharishi Bhrigu will test and decide who was pre-eminent.
Upon being entrusted with the task Maharishi Bhrigu decided to test Lord Brahma first. He went on to see Lord Brahma in Brahmaloka. On reaching Brahmalok Maharishi displayed utter disrespect to Lord Brahma on purpose. Lord Brahma got angry and wanted to punish Maharishi but Maha Saraswati, wife of Lord Brahma saved Maharishi from his anger. Angry with disrespect, Maharishi Bhrigu cursed Lord Brahma that no one will worship Brahma in Kaliyuga. To this day, there are very few temples devoted to Lord Brahma (the notable exception being theBrahma Temple at Pushkar).
Maharishi Bhrigu then decided to visit Lord Shiva at Kailash Parvata. On reaching Kailash Parvat, Nandi stopped him from going inside because at that time, Shiva and Parvathi were in love. Bhrigu curses Lord Shiva to be only worshipped in Linga form. However, there is a statue form of lord Shiva in Kashi (Maha Mrityunjaya eTmple) said to be over 400 years old.
Then in order to test Lord Vishnu, Maharishi reachedVaikunth Dhama. He entered the Dhama without Lord Vishnu’s permission and saw that the Lord was resting at that time. Maharishi asked him to wake up, but Lord was in deep sleep. On seeing no reaction from Lord, Maharishi hit Lord Vishnu on his chest. That strike by Maharishi Bhrigu left a foot print on Lord’s chest and that foot print is known as “Shri Vatsa”. Lord Vishnu got up after the strike and realized what had happened. On realizing that Maharishi had hit him with his foot, Lord asked him, “Maharishi, are you hurt in your foot? My chest is strong but your foot is not so strong”. Seeing the decorum of Lord Vishnu, Bhrigu was pleased anddeclared him superior amongst theTrideva.
According to Hindu theology, goddess of prosperity and wife of Lord Vishnu, Maha Laxmi also witnessed the whole incident, as she was also present in the Dhama at that time. She could not tolerate disrespect displayed by Maharishi Bhrigu towards Lord Vishnu and cursed him that henceforth she would never visit Brahmins and they will all live in absence of wealth. On hearing this curse from Maha Laxmi, Maharishi told her about the true nature of his visit. Maha Laxmi then told Maharishi, that her curse would still haunt Brahmins but whenever any Brahmin would worship Lord Vishnu, he would be liberated from the curse.
Bhrigu Samhita
After the incident of testing of trinity, Maharishi Bhrigu decided to write his famous book of astrology, the Bhrigu Samhita, to help Brahmins earn their living. 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 of its kind in the field of astrology. A few parts of Bhrigu Samhita have survivedthewearoftimeandarestillavailableinHoshiarpu,rPunjab.[15]
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1. Narada said.. (http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m02/m02011.htm) The Mahabharata translated by Kisari Mohan Ganguli (1883 -1896), Book 2: Sabha Parva: Lokapala Sabhakhayana Parva, section:XpI.. 25 And Daksha, Prachetas, Pulaha, Marichi, the master Kasyapa, Bhrigu, Atri, and aVsistha and Gautama, and also Angiras, and Pulastya, Kraut, Prahlada, and Kardama,these Prajapatis, and Angirasa of the Atharvan Veda, the Valikhilyas, the Marichipas; Intelligence, Space, Knowledge, A,irHeat, Water, Earth, Sound, Touch, Form, Taste, Scent; Nature, and

the Modes (of Nature), and the elemental and prime causes of the world – all stay in that mansion beside the lord Brahma. And Agastya of great energy, and Markandeya, of great ascetic powe,r and Jamadagni and Bharadwaja, and Samvarta, and Chyavana, and exalted Durvasa, and the virtuous Rishyasringa, the illustrious ‘Sanatkumara’ of great ascetic merit and the preceptor in all matters afefcting Yoga…”
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Maharishi Bhrigu was one of the seven great sages he was the first compiler of astrology and also the author of Bhrigu Samhita.

Bhrigu is a Manas Putra (wish born son) of Lord Brahma and hence he is also considered one of the Prajapatis.

He is married to Khyati, the daughter of Prajapati Daksh. Brighu had two sons named Dhata and Vidhata. His daughter Shri, was married Lord Vishnu (Narayana). It is also said that Goddess Laxmi the wife of Lord Vishnu is said to be daughter of Maharishi Brighu.

Rishi Brighu even two other sons known as Shukracharaya and Chyavan.

 

 

 

RISHI BHRIGU
Other names: Bhrigoo, Bhreegu
In the ancient stories, Bhrigu has been called the philosopher Muni, and the one who fought for the interest of the devtas. Back in ancient times he was one of the Vedic Purohits (priest). It is mentioned in Rigveda that Bhrigu was the first person to acquire Agni. Agni is said to be the gift of Bhrigu. He brought Agni (fire) to the humans. The meaning of the word “Bhrigu” is “radiant”. That is why he has been compared in Vedic literature with the Sun.

 

 

According to an ancient story, Bhrigu was one of the Prajapatis. He was the son of Lord Brahma, originator of this world. Maha Rishi Bhrigu knew all the Vedas, Shastra, and also he was the greatest Mantra-gyata (knower of mantras) of all time. Maharishi Bhrigu had two wives: Mata Khyati and Mata Pulauma. His son Shukra (Venus) was the Guru of the Demons. Daksha Prajapati had not invited Shiva to attend the Yagya that he had organized. Sati, consort of Shiva and daughter of Daksha went to the yagya without invitation. There she saw her husband Shiva being insulted before all, and in anger burnt herself to death. At this, Virabhadra, a member of Shiva’s group, destroyed the yagya. Maharshi Bhrigu was present there. He pleaded with Shiva for protection and Shiva assured him of safe passage. During the war between the Devtas and Demons, Bhrigu had fought from the side of the devtas. Bhrigu had the knowledge of Sanjeevani Vidya (the act of restoring a dead man to life) also. According to another story, when Vishnu did not protect Bhrigu’s yagya from the demons, angry Bhrigu cursed him to take birth ten times. Lord Vishnu’s famous ten incarnations are the result of this curse.
During the war between the Devtas and Demons, Bhrigu had fought from the side of the devtas. Bhrigu had the knowledge of Sanjeevani Vidya (the act of restoring a dead man to life) also. According to another story, when Vishnu did not protect Bhrigu’s yagya from the demons, angry Bhrigu cursed him to take birth ten times. Lord Vishnu’s famous ten incarnations are the result of this curse.
According to one more story, in ancient times, many great sages gathered at the bank of the river Saraswati to participate in Maha yagya organized at that time. Maharishi Bhrigu was also present there. All the great saints and sages could not decide which one out of the Tridev, Lord Vishnu, Brahma and Mahesh, was the superior one, and the one to whom should they offer Pradhanta (Master) of that yagya. With the consent of all the great saints present there, it was decided that Maharishi Bhrigu would test them and decide who was the superior amonst the Tridev.

 

Maharishi decided to test Brahmaji first. He went to see Brahmaji in Brahmalok. On reaching Brahmalok Maharishi displayed utter disrespect to Lord Brahma. Lord Brahma got angry and wanted to punish Maharishi but Mata Saraswati, wife of Lord Brahma, saved Maharishi from his anger. Angry with the disrespect, Bhrigu cursed Brahmaji that no one will worship him.
Maharishi decided to test Brahmaji first. He went to see Brahmaji in Brahmalok. On reaching Brahmalok Maharishi displayed utter disrespect to Lord Brahma. Lord Brahma got angry and wanted to punish Maharishi but Mata Saraswati, wife of Lord Brahma, saved Maharishi from his anger. Angry with the disrespect, Bhrigu cursed Brahmaji that no one will worship him.
Maharishi Bhrigu next decided to visit Lord Shiva (Mahesh) at Kailash Parvat. On reaching Kailash Parvat, Nandi stopped him from entering because at that time, Shiva and Parvati were engaged in love-sport. Angry Bhrigu cursed Shiva that the shape of his idol would be described as having the shape of a phallus.

 

That left Lord Vishnu now. Maharishi reached Vaikunth Dham. He entered the Dham without Lord Vishnu’s permission and saw that the Lord was resting at that time. Maharishi asked him to wake up, but the Lord was in a deep sleep. On seeing no reaction from the Lord, Maharishi kicked Lord Vishnu on his chest (that strike by Maharishi Bhrigu left a foot print on Lord’s chest and that foot print is known as “Shri Vats” to this day.)

Lord Vishnu woke up after the strike and realized what had happened. On realizing that Maharishi had struck him with his foot, Lord asked him, “Maharishi, has your foot been hurt? My chest is strong but your foot is not so strong”. Seeing the decorum of Lord Vishnu, Bhrigu was pleased and declared him superior amongst the Tridev. According to Hindu mythology, goddess of wealth and wife of Lord Vishnu, Mata Laxmi also witnessed the whole incident, as she was also present in the Dham at that time. She could not tolerate the disrespect displayed by Maharishi Bhrigu towards Lord Vishnu, and so cursed him that henceforth she would never visit Brahmins and so they would all live in absence of wealth.
According to Hindu mythology, goddess of wealth and wife of Lord Vishnu, Mata Laxmi also witnessed the whole incident, as she was also present in the Dham at that time. She could not tolerate the disrespect displayed by Maharishi Bhrigu towards Lord Vishnu, and so cursed him that henceforth she would never visit Brahmins and so they would all live in absence of wealth.
On hearing this curse from Mata Laxmi, Maharishi told her his purpose for visiting the Vaikunth Dham. On hearing this, Mata Laxmi calmed down and told Maharishi, that her curse will definitely haunt Brahmins but whenever any Brahmin will worship Lord Vishnu, he will be liberated from that curse. It is after this incident that Maharishi Bhrigu decided to write a famous book of astrology “Bhrigusamhita”, with the blessings of Lord Ganesha and Mata Saraswati, to help Brahmins earn their living. Maharishi Bhrigu collected many birth charts, wrote their predictions for their full life and compiled them together to be known as Bhrigusamhita today. Bhrigusamhita was destroyed in Banaras University, but a few pages of the book are still extant in Hoshiarpur city in Punjab. Bhrigusamhita was the very important and first book of its kind in the field of astrology.
There is a Bhrigu Ashram in Bharuch, Gujarat.
Maharishi Bhrigu decided to write a famous book of astrology “Bhrigusamhita”, with the blessings of Lord Ganesha and Mata Saraswati, to help Brahmins earn their living. Maharishi Bhrigu collected many birth charts, wrote their predictions for their full life and compiled them together to be known as Bhrigusamhita today. Bhrigusamhita was destroyed in Banaras University, but a few pages of the book are still extant in Hoshiarpur city in Punjab.

 

 

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