Parāśara

From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Parasara, ParAZara, Paraashara


Parāśara is one of the well-known ṛṣis or sages frequently mentioned in the epics and the purāṇas. Parāśara was the son of the sage Śakti and the grandson of the famous Vasiṣṭha. He is considered as one of the gotra-pravartakas or the sages from whom the gotras[1] originated. Learning of the cruel end of his father by the demon Kalmāṣapāda, he started a sacrifice for the destruction of the race of demons. He was not only a great sage but also a great scholar of the religious lore. His teachings to other sages and kings like Janaka contain a lot of information on many abstruse facets of religion and philosophy.[2][3] He was the father of another great sage Vyāsa or Vedavyāsa through Satyavatī, the adopted daughter of a chieftain of the fishermen.


References

  1. Gotras means the patriarchal ancestries.
  2. Mahābhārata, Anuśāsanaparva 146 to 149
  3. Mahābhārata, Anuśāsanaparva 150 to 152
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore


By Swami Harshananda

Parāśaragītā[1] and the Paraśarasmṛti are attributed to him.


References

  1. Śāntiparva 296-304
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore