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RISHI. [Source: Dowson's Classical Dictionary of Hindu Mythology] An inspired poet or sage. The inspired persons to whom the hymns of the Vedas were revealed, and under whose names they stand. "The seven Rishis" (saptarshi), or the Prajapatis, "the mind-born sons" of Brahma, are often referred to. In the Satapatha Brahmana their names are given as Gotama, Bharadwaja, Vishvamitra, Jamadagni, Vasistha, Kasyapa, and Atri. The Mahabharata gives them as Marichi, Atri, Angiras, Pulaha, Kratu, Pulastya, and Vasishtha. The Vayu Purana adds Bhrigu to this list, making eight, although it stll calls them "seven." The Vishnu Purana, more consistently, adds Bhrigu and Daksha, and calls them the nine Brahmarshis (Brahma-rishis). The names of Gautauma, Kanwa, Valmiki, Vyasa, Manu, and Vibhandaka are also enumerated among the great Rishis by different authorities. Besides these great Rishis there are many other Rishis. The seven Rishis are represented in the sky by the seven stars of the Great Bear, and as such are called Riksha and Chitrasikhandinas, 'having bright crests.'

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