By Swami Harshananda
Maitreya literally means ‘son of Mitrā’.
Maitreya was one of the well-known sages mentioned in the epics and the purāṇas. He was the son of Kauṣārava or Tuṣārava and Mitrā. On hearing that the Pāṇḍavas were banished to the forest, he advised Dhṛtarāṣṭra to make peace with them. Duryodhana patted his own thighs out of arrogance which enraged the sage who cursed him to die due to broken thighs.
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore