Maharishi Bhrigu was one of the seven great sages, one of the
Saptarshis in ancient India, one of many Prajapatis(the facilitators of Creation) created by Brahma(The God of Creation) [ [http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m02/m02011.htm Narada said..] The Mahabharata translated by Kisari Mohan Ganguli(1883 -1896), Book 2: Sabha Parva: Lokapala Sabhakhayana Parva, section:XI. p. 25 And Daksha, Prachetas, Pulaha, Marichi, the master Kasyapa, Bhrigu, Atri, and Vasistha 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, Air, Heat, 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 power, 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 affecting Yoga..."] , the first compiler of predictive astrology [ [http://www.experiencefestival.com/a/Bhrigu_Samhita/id/1931640 Bhrigu Samhita] ] , and also the author of Bhrigu Samhita, the astrological ( Jyotish) classic written during the Vedic period, Treta yuga[ [http://astrospeak.indiatimes.com/articleshow/2026323.cms What is Bhrighu Samhita ?] ] , most probably around 3000 BC [ [http://www.iisc.ernet.in/currsci/oct102001/735.pdf circa 3000 B.C.– BhriguRishi] CURRENT SCIENCE, VOL. 81, NO. 7, 10 OCTOBER 2001.]
Bhrigu is a "ManasaPutra" (wish-born-son) of Lord
Brahma, who simply wished him into existence, to assist in the process of creation, for this reason he is also considered one of the Prajapatis.
He is married to Khyati, the daughter of
Daksha. He has two sons by her, named Dhata and Vidhata [ [http://www.urday.in/bhrigu.htm Brigu] www.urday.in.] His daughter Shri, was married Lord Vishnu(Narayana). Thus in some traditions, Laxmi, the consort of Lord Vishnu is said to be his daughter.
He had one more son, who is better known than Bhrigu himself -
Shukra. The sage Chyavana is also said to be his son. [Maha:1.5]
Sage Bhrigu finds mention in the
Vayu Purana, where he shown present during the great Yagnaof DakshaPrajapati (his father-in-law) [ [http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/vp/vp043.htm Vishnu Purana] SACRIFICE OF DAKSHA (From the Vayu Purana.) The Vishnu Purana, translated by Horace Hayman Wilson, 1840. 67:6.]
The Bhrigus, also known as Bhargavas, are a clan of sages descending from the ancient fire-priest Bhrigu. They instituted the ritual of offering the juice of the
Somaplant to the old deities. Some of them were also warriors in addition to being priests. The Bhrigus are intimately linked with the composition of the Atharva-Veda.
Bhrigu is credited as the father of Hindu astrology and the first astrological treatise
Bhrigu Samhitais 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.
Test of the divine Trinity
In a popular legend involving sage Bhrigu, once he participated in a debate concerning who among the
Trimurti(Divine trinity: Brahma, Vishnuand Shiva) is greater and worthy of receiving fruits of a yagna. On the suggestion of celestial sage, Narada, Bhrigu, the sage who had an extra eye in the sole of his foot, first visited Brahma and Shiva, both of whom, when they learned 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, and immediately he started pressing the sage's feet, asking him if he had hurt his feet in kicking his hard chest. In the process, Vishnu also destroyed the third eye that Bhrigu had on his foot, which signifies his false ego [ [http://www.cliffsnotes.com/WileyCDA/LitNote/Mythology-Summaries-and-Commentaries-for-Indian-Mythology-Bhrigu-and-the-Three-Gods.id-83,pageNum-20.html Bhrigu and the Three Gods] Summaries and Commentaries for Indian Mythology.] . Upon seeing the humility of the God, Bhrigu learned the answer that he had been seeking for so long.
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