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Muni Bharadwaaj is a Raamaayan character. We meet him first time when Raam goes to forest for 14 years. Raam, Lakshman and Seetaa crosses Gangaa River and comes to Bharadwaaj Muni's Aashram.
Muni Bharadwaaj was the son of Dev Guru Brihaspati (son of Maharshi Angiraa). A strange story is told about his birth. His mother Mamataa, the wife of Utathya, was pregnant by her husband and and then was impregnated by Brihaspati by force. Then the former child kicked the latter one out of the womb. Then Brihaspati said - "Cherish this son as "Bharadwaaj". Thus Bharadwaaj is Brihaspati's son. But both Brihaspati and Mamataa left their son there only and went away that is why he was named as Bharadwaaj.
He was the Purohit of King
Divodaas and he gave his kingdom to Pratardan. (read the
Story of Rishi
Gaalav in MBH to know about Divodaas and Pratardan).
He was one of the Saptarshi (Seven Great Sages) in the present Manvantar; with others being Atri, Vashishth, Vishwaamitra, Gautam, Jamadagni, and Kashyap. He is the seer of the 6th Mandal of Rig Ved.
Life of Bharadwaaj Muni
It is believed that Marut Devtaa found Bharadwaaj as an abandoned baby. They brought him up and adopted him. Later he was adopted by King Bharat also. He could have been the King of the whole Bhaarat, but he had a quest for knowledge, so Marut Gan taught him whatever he wanted to learn. They asked him to meditate on Indra. So Bharadwaaj did so much Tap for Indra, that once he fell down while meditating. Then Indra appeared before him and asked him - "What you will do if you were given longer life." Bharadwaaj replied - "I will again go for Tap and learn Ved." Indra told him that it was his third life and in his previous two lives he had already mastered two Ved. Indra then materialized three mountains and took three handfuls of soil from them and said - "You have learned only this much from the mountain, but don't think that you have learnt only a little, you have in fact gained much more knowledge than many other Devtaa." Then he suggested him to meditate on Shiv so that he could do a Yagya which was equivalent to the knowledge of Ved.
Bharadwaaj went to Kailaash Parvat but at that time Shiv was busy dancing with Paarvatee. He had to wait for several days. Paarvatee had seen him but she just smiled at him. Then he was attacked by paralysis. Shiv and Paarvatee noticed this, revived him and blessed him.
He learnt lots of knowledge from several Devtaa - Vyaakaran (grammar) and Aayur Ved from Indra - then he wrote Aayur Ved Sanhitaa, after that Dhanvantari brought it to world. He learnt Dharm Shaastra from Bhrigu and then wrote Bharadwaaj Smriti. He learnt Agni Vidyaa from Indra (Nachiketaa learnt Panchaagni Vidyaa from yam Raaj).
He then started spreading Ved knowledge and many people became his disciples. Kings Abhaya Bhaaratee and Divodaas (a twin child of King Mudgal, the other one was Ahalyaa) were his main disciples.
Once his reference comes in V-Raamaayan, 1/1 also in the beginning that when Vaalmeeki Jee went to Tamasaa River to take bath, he went there with his disciples and among those one name is of Muni Bharadwaaj.
Children of Bharadwaaj
His Son Garg
Birth of Shruvavatee
Birth of Drone
His Son Yavakree
Bharadwaaj and Raam
Later he welcomed Bharat also when he was going to bring Raam back to Ayodhyaa. Bharadwaaj was such a great devotee of Raam that when he saw Bharat coming with Chaturanginee army, he doubted as why he was coming with his army but when he had come there he asked him - "Why this Chaturanginee army?" Bharat Jee said - "Hey Rishi, I am going to bring the King back to Ayodhyaa, that is why I have brought this army. I have brought all the material of His crowning ceremony too." He hosted his whole army and Ayodhyaa people through the effect of his Tap with the help of Riddhi and Siddhi. He wanted to welcome Bharat as a royal guest, but he found that Bharat did not enjoy anything of it. Bharat was very surprised to see all that.
Bharadwaaj and Ved
Death of Bharadwaaj
Created by Sushma Gupta On 5/27/04
Modified on 04/14/13