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By Swami Harshananda

Devarṣi literally means ‘sage of the divine group’.

Sages (ṛsis, munis, tapasvīs) of knowledge, wisdom and austerity have been well-known in the religious scriptural works. Among the several kinds of ṛṣis mentioned there, the devarṣis are one group.

The word ‘devarṣi’ has been defined as a ‘sage who is like a god’ or as ‘one who is revered even by the gods’. The most well-known of all the devarṣis is Nārada. The others are:

  1. Atri
  2. Bhṛgu
  3. Kutsa
  4. Vasiṣṭha
  5. Gautama
  6. Kaśyapa
  7. Aṅgiras

In other lists the names of Tumburu, Bharata, Parvata and Devala appear. There seems to be no unanimity in the classified lists.


  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore