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PRAJAPATI. [Source: Dowson's Classical Dictionary of Hindu Mythology] 'Lord of creatures,' a progenitor, creator.

In the Veda the term in applied to Indra, Savitri, Soma, Hiranyagarbha, and other deities.

In Manu the term is applied to Brahma as the active creator and supporter of the universe; so Brahma is the Prajapati.

It is also given to Manu Swayambhuva himself, as the son of Brahma and as the secondary creator of the ten Rishis, or "mind-born sons" of Brahma, from whom mankind has descended. It is to these ten sages, as fathers of the human race, that the name Prajapati most commonly is given. They are Marichi, Atri, Angiras, Pulastya, Pulaha, Kratu, Vasishtha, Prachetas or Daksha, Bhrigu, and Narada.

According to some authorities the Prajapatis are only seven in number, being identical with the seven great Rishis. The number and names of the Prajapatis vary in different authorities: the Mahabharata makes twenty-one.

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