Garga

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For the village in Iran, see Garga, Iran.

Garga was one of the greatest sages of Puranic times. He was better known as Garga Muni. He was the son of Rishi Bharadwaja and Susheela. He was the family priest of the family of Nanda (the foster-father of Krishna).

He named Krishna after receiving the name by meditation. From the Vishnu Purana and other Puranas, one understands that although basically of Kshatriya origin, a branch of Gargas became Brahmins and migrated westwards and joined the Yavanas (i.e. Greeks). This could be the reason that later day Indians referred to Greek mathematicians and astronomers as Gargacharyas.

Gargi is celebrated female sage Vachaknavi, born in the family of Garga.

Attributed to Garga is the Garga Samhita, a Sanskrit text on the life of Krishna.

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