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In traditional Indian astronomy, pair of Alcor and Mizar in

constellation Ursa Major is known as Vashistha and Arundhati


Vashistha
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Vashistha (Sanskrit: , , Thai: Vasit) is one of the Saptarishis (Seven Great Sages Rishi) in the
seventh, i.e. the present Manvantara.
[1]
Vashista is a manasputra of God Brahma. He had in his possession
the divine cow Kamadhenu, and Nandini her child, who could grant anything to their owners. Arundhuti is
the name of the wife of Vashista. RigVeda 7:33 mentions Vashistha rishi as son of MitraVarua and Urvasi.
[2][3]
Vashistha, as one of 9 Prajapatis, is credited as the chief author of
Mandala 7 of the Rigveda. Vashistha and his family are glorified in RV
7.33, extolling their role in the Battle of the Ten Kings, making him the
only mortal besides Bhava to have a Rigvedic hymn dedicated to him.
Another treatise attributed to him is "Vashistha Samhita" - a book on the
Vedic system of electional astrology.
Contents
1 Arundhati and Vashistha pair of stars
2 Vashistha
3 Vashistha head
4 Gotra
5 See also
6 References
7 Literature
Arundhati and Vashistha pair of stars
Mizar is known as Vashistha and Alcor is
known as Arundhati in traditional Indian
astronomy.
[4]
The pair is considered to
symbolize marriage (Vashishtha and
Arundhati were a married couple) and, in
some Hindu communities, priests
conducting a wedding ceremony allude to or
point out the constellation as a symbol of
the closeness marriage brings to a couple.
[5]
Vashistha
In the Vinaya Pitaka of the Mahavagga
(I.245)
[6]
section the Buddha pays respect
to Vashistha by declaring that the Veda in its true form was declared to the Vedic rishis "Atthako, Vmako,
Vmadevo, Vessmitto, Yamataggi, Angiraso, Bhradvjo, Vsettho, Kassapo, and Bhagu"
[7]
and because
that true Veda was altered by some priests he refused to pay homage to the altered version.
[8]
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Vashistha head
A copper item representing a human head styled in the manner described for the Rigvedic. Vashistha has
been dated to around 3700 B.C. in three western universities using among other tests carbon 14 tests,
spectrographic analysis, X-ray dispersal analysis and metallography.
[9]
This indicates that some Rigvedic
customs were already known at a very early time. The head was not found in an archaeological context, as it
was rescued from being melted down in Delhi. In one his discourses, Sathya Sai Baba declared that Lord
Rama walked Earth more than 20,000 years ago; Vashishta was guru (teacher) of Rama, and lived a long age
before Rama.
Gotra
In Nepali Gotra systemChalise,Bhattarai,Dawadi, Bhandari, Suyal, Raut, Suyel, Thansinge Bharadi, Dharti
Kharel comes under Vasishta Gotra.
See also
Ramayana
Yoga Vasistha
References
^ Woodroffe, Sir John (1913). "Introduction and Preface" (http://www.sacred-texts.com/tantra
/maha/maha00.htm). Mahnirvna Tantra: Tantra of the Great Liberation. London: Luzac & Co.
OCLC 6062735 (//www.worldcat.org/oclc/6062735).
1.
^ "according to Rig Veda 7.33:11 he is the son of Maitravarun and Urvashi" Prof. Shrikant Prasoon, Pustak
Mahal, 2009, ISBN 8122310729, 9788122310726. [1] (http://books.google.co.in/books?id=bHIpvQDlazAC&
lpg=PA109&dq=Vashishtha%20Urvashi%20rig%20veda&pg=PA109#v=onepage&
q=Vashishtha%20Urvashi%20rig%20veda&f=false)
2.
^ "Born of their love for Urvasi, Vasiha thou, priest, art son of Varua and Mitra; And as a fallen drop, in
heavenly fervour, all the Gods laid thee on a lotus-blossom." [2] (http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/rigveda
/rv07033.htm)
3.
^ V.Chandran. Astronomy Quiz Book (http://books.google.com/books?id=8iPU8bZQQdsC). Pustak Mahal,
1993. ISBN 978-81-223-0366-7. "... the seven rishis in the constellation Saptarishi (Ursa Major) ... In
Vasishta (Zeta), its tiny companion star is named after Arundhati, the wife of Vasishta ... today known by their
Arabic names Dubhe (Kratu), Merak (Pulaha), Phekda (Pulastya), Megrez (Atri), Benetnash (Marichi) and
Mizar (Vasishta) ..."
4.
^ M.K.V. Narayan. Flipside of Hindu Symbolism: Sociological and Scientific Linkages in Hinduism
(http://books.google.com/books?id=ewRfp4qpvt4C). Fultus Corporation, 2007. ISBN 978-1-59682-117-0. "...
At this time, the pundit shows the couple the Arundhati star in the sky to suggest closeness of the married
couple. ... the star Vasishta of the Big Dipper constellation (Saptarishi Mandalam) and it is the star system
called Mizar ..."
5.
^ P. 494 The Pali-English dictionary By Thomas William Rhys Davids, William Stede 6.
^ P. 245 The Vinaya piaka: one of the principle Buddhist holy scriptures ..., Volume 1 edited by Hermann
Oldenberg
7.
^ The Vinaya Pitaka's section Anguttara Nikaya: Panchaka Nipata, P. 44 The legends and theories of the
compared with history and science By Robert Spence Hardy
8.
^ Hicks and Anderson. Analysis of an Indo-European Vedic Aryan Head - 4500-2500 B.C., in Journal of IE
studies 18:425-446. Fall 1990.
9.
Literature
Atreya, B L (1981 (1st ed. 1935)). The Philosophy of the Yoga Vashista. A Comparative Critical and
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Synthetic Survey of the Philosophical Ideas of Vashista as presented in the Yoga-Vashista
Maha-Ramayan. Based on a thesis approved for the degree of Doctor of Letters in the Banaras
Hindu University. Moradabad: Darshana Printers. p. 467 pages.
Atreya, B L (1993). The Vision and the Way of Vashista. Madras: Indian Heritage Trust. p. 583 pages.
OCLC 30508760 (//www.worldcat.org/oclc/30508760). Selected verses, sorted by subject, in both
Sanskrit and English text.
Vlmki (1982, 2002). The Essence of Yogavaasishtha. Compiled by Sri Jnanananda Bharati, transl. by
Samvid. Chennai: Samata Books. p. 344 pages. Sanskrit and English text.
Vlmki (1976). Yoga Vashista Sara: The Essence of Yoga Vashista. trans. Swami Surnanda.
Tiruvannamalai: Sri Ramanasramam. p. 29 pages. OCLC 10560384 (//www.worldcat.org
/oclc/10560384). Very short condensation.
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