Saptha Rishis, the Seven Sages are revered most in Hinduism and they are given the pride of Place.
They are represented in the sky as the Saptha Mandala.(Ursa Major)
What are the qualifications of these Saptha Rishis?
1.Performing the basic six duties of a Brahmin.
Learning the Vedas,
Teaching the Vedas to the qualified, by way of disposition and discipline, to others.
Perform Yagnas for the others.
Perform Dhana (Donate),
In addition they should have the following qualities.
Run a Gurukula, where the children are taught, at Home and take care of the disciples as their own children.
Enter the family Life only for begetting a progeny.
Regulate the senses.
Treat all the Varnas, loosely translated now as Caste, equally.
Though Brahma Gnanis, remain in the worldly affairs without being affected by it.
The Saptha Rishis change for every Yuga.
Saptha Rishis of the present Manvantara are,
Atri, Bhrigu, Kuthsa, Vasishta, Gautama, Kasyapa and Angirasa.
Goddess Mahlakshmi was born to Atri ,Bhrigu.
Vasishta was the Guru of Rama and a Brahma Rishi.
Kasyapa was the Father of all the Devas and asuras,including the Adithyas, including Vishnu as an Aditya.
Angirasa compiled Atharva Veda.
Kuthsa gave 82 Rig Vedic Sukthas 62 Rudra Mantras and Prokshana Mantra.
Gautama is called ‘Dhrusta,, discoverer of Vedic Mantras, he was the husband of Ahalya and Rajaa Guru of Janaka.
Second Manvantara — the interval of Swarochisha Manu
Urja, Stambha, Prańa, nanda , Rishabha, Nischara, and Arvarívat.
Third Manvantara — the interval of Auttami Manu
Sons of Vashista: Kaukundihi, Kurundi, Dalaya, Śankha, Praváhita, Mita, and Sammita.
Fourth Manvantara — the interval of Támasa Manu
Jyotirdhama, Prithu, Kavya, Chaitra, Agni, Vanaka, and Pivara.
Fifth Manvantara — the interval of Raivata Manu
Hirannyaroma, Vedasrí, Urddhabahu, Vedabahu, Sudhaman, Parjanya, and Mahámuni.
Sixth Manvantara – the interval of Chakshusha Manu
Sumedhas, Virajas, Havishmat, Uttama, Madhu, Abhináman, and Sahishnnu.
The present, seventh Manvantara — the interval of Vaivasvata Manu
Kashyapa, Atri, Vashista, Vishvamitra, Gautama, Jamadagni and Bharadvaja
* There is a variation in the names of the Saptha Rishis of the present Vaivasvatha Manvantara.