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Maharishi Bhrigu (Sanskrit: Bhgu) was one of the seven great sages, the Saptarshis, one of the

many Prajapatis (the facilitators of Creation) created by Brahma (The God of Creation),
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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 Lord Brahma.
Saint Bhrigu was compatriot and belonged to the times of Manu. Bhrigu had his Ashram
(Hermitage) on Vadhusar river a tributory of Drishadwati river near Dhosi Hill in the Vedic state
of Brahmavarta,
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presently on the border of Haryana and Rajasthan in India.
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Along with Manu, Bhrigu made important contributions to 'Manusmriti', which was
constituted out of a sermon to a congregation of saints in the state of Brahmavarta, after the great
floods in this area,
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nearly 10,000 years ago. As per Skanda Purana, Bhrigu migrated to
Bhrugukucch Bharuch on the banks of Narmada river in Gujarat, leaving his senile son
Chyavana at Dhosi Hill. The later date archaeological findings at Bhrigu Kutch are dated 8500
years old.
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He was married to Khyati, the daughter of Daksha. He had two sons by her, named Dhata and
Vidhata.
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His daughter Sri or Bhargavi, married Lord Vishnu (Narayana).
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]
Contents
1 In scriptures
2 Bhrigu Samhita
3 Bhrigu and Places associated with him
4 Testing the divine Trinity
5 References
In scriptures
Sage 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).
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He supports the continuation of the
Yagna of Daksha even after being warned that without an offering for Lord Shiva, it was asking
for a catastrophe for everyone present there.
In the Bhagavad Gt, Lord Krishna says that among sages, Bhrigu is representative of the
opulence of God.
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Bhrigu Samhita
Maharishi 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. The
Bhrigu Samhita is an astrological (jyotish) classic attributed to Maharishi Bhrigu during the
Vedic period, although the available evidence suggests that it was compiled over a period of time
by the various sishyas (students in the lineage) of Maharishi Bhrigu.
Maharishi Bhrigu was the first compiler of predictive astrology, Jyotisha. He compiled about
500,000 horoscopes and recorded the life details and events of various persons. This formed a
database for further research and study. This study culminated in the birth of the science (shastra)
of determining the quality of time (Hora) and is the Brihat Parasara Hora Shastra. These
Horoscopes were based upon the planetary positions of the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars,
Jupiter, Saturn, Rahu (North Node of the Moon) and Ketu (South Node of the Moon). After that,
Maharishi Bhrigu gave his predictions on different types of horoscopes compiled by him with the
help of Lord Ganesha in a brief and concise manner. The total permutations/ possible horoscope
charts that can be drawn with this is about 45 million. Though it is said that these horoscope have
been recorded for all mankind who were, have and will be born till eternity.
During foreign invasions of India by Muslim warriors from the north west in the 12th and 13th
centuries, the Brahmin community became dispersed all over India. The invaders captured these
prime assets of the Brahmins. Some parts of the 'Bhrigu Samhita' were taken away by them. The
most unfortunate and destructive event was the destruction of the Nalanda several thousands of
the horoscopes compiled by Maharashi Bhrigu had been stored. Only a small percentage of the
original horoscopes of Bhrigu Samhita remained with the Brahmin community which are now
scattered throughout various parts of India.
Bhrigu and Places associated with him
Bharuch, Swami Malai, Tirumala, Ballia, Nanguneri, Thiruneermala, Mannargudi and in most of
the South Indian Vishnu temples (as duo with Markendeya Rishi)
Testing the divine Trinity
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 Brahmalok. 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 Kaliyug.
To this day, there are very few temples devoted to Lord Brahma (the notable exception being the
Brahma Temple at Pushkar).
Maharishi Bhrigu then decided to visit Lord Shiva at Kailash Parvat. On reaching Kailash Parvat,
Nandi stopped him from going inside because at that time, Shiva and Parvati were sporting fun.
Bhrigu curses Lord Shiva to be only worshipped in Linga form. (We however have a statue form
of lord Shiva in Kashi (Maha Mrityunjaya Temple) said to be over 400 years old.)
Then in order to test Lord Vishnu, 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 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 has 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
and declared him superior amongst the Tridev.
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 Dham 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, his very purpose of visiting the
Vaikunth Dham and his mission. On hearing this, Maha Laxmi told Maharishi, that her curse will
definitely haunt Brahmins but whenever any Brahmin will worship Lord Vishnu, he will be
liberated from her curse.
It is after this incident that Maharishi Bhrigu decided to write famous book of astrology, the
Bhrigu Samhita, to help Brahmins earn their living. Maharishi Bhrigu collected numbers of birth
charts, wrote their predictions for full life and compiled them together to be known as
Bhrigusamhita today. Parts of the Bhrigu Samhita are said to be destroyed over the ages but a
few parts of the book are still available in Hoshiarpur city in Punjab.
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Bhrigusamhita is believed to be the first book of its kind in the field of astrology.
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When the sages heard Bhrighus report, they retorted,
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"Who was he to test the
trimurtis? How could he disturb their privacy? More so how could he even dare to curse the
deities who by their mercy had bestowed upon him many a boon and made him so illustrious?
Even when he had been unimaginably haughty, the Gods had displayed forbearance and kindness
when they could have burnt him to ashes by a mere glance."
Only then Bhrughu realized that the best of merits was to remain free of vain pride and conceit.
He begged pardons from the Gods who were glad to bless him, seeing that he had realized his
folly. Since then the trimurtis have been the supreme owners of the purnahuti and the devotees
could offer the aahuti to the God of their choice and devotion