Bhrigus

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The Bhrigus, also known as the Bhargavas, in Hindu mythology are a clan of sages, who are descended from an ancient fire-priest named Bhrigu, who is said to have been born from Brahma (one of the Prajapatis created by Brahma, the God of Creation)

They are said to have instituted the ritual of offering the juice of the Soma plant to the deities. Some of them are said to have been warriors as well as priests. The Bhrigus are intimately linked with the composition of the Atharva-Veda and Rig Veda. The gotras Vatsa, Bida, Arshtisena, Daivodasa, and Shaunaka belong to the Bhrigu clan.

The prominent personalities (pravaras) mentioned in the puranas of this clan include: Bhargava, Chyavana, Aapnavaana, Aurava, Jamadagnya (Son of Jamadagni), and Parashurama.

In Hindu cultures, the Planet Venus is named Shukra, after one of Bhrigu’s sons. Shukra became the spiritual guide of both the Daityas (enemies of Gods) and the Devas (Gods). Another son of Bhrigu, Chyavana, married Arushi (also known as Sukanya) the daughter of Manu. Chyvana was the father of Aurava, who in turn fathered Richika, the father of Jamadagni.[1]

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