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ATRI. [Source: Dowson's Classical Dictionary of Hindu Mythology] 'An eater.' A Rishi, and author of many Vedic hymns. A Maharshi or great saint, who in the Vedas occurs especially in hymns composed for the praise of Agni, Indra, the Aswins, and the Viswadevas.

In the epic period he is considered as one of the ten Prajapatis or Lords of creation engendered by Manu for the purpose of creating the universe; at a later period he appears as a mind-born son of Brahma, and one of the Seven Rishis who preside over the reign of Swayambhuva, the first Manu, or, according to others, of Swarochisha, the second, or of Vaivaswata, the seventh.

He married Anasuya daughter of Daksha, and their son was Durvasas.

In the Ramayana an account is given of the visit paid by Rama and Sita to Atri and Anasuya in their hermitage south of Chitrakuta.

In the Puranas he was also father of Soma, the moon and the ascetic Dattatreya by his wife Anasuya. As a Rishi he is one of the stars of the Great Bear.


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