Sapta Rishi- This is where Indian and Greek Mythology met

Indian Mythology:

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According to the epic Mahabharata, the stars of the Big Dipper were the seven sages called Rishis. These seven sages are said to be those who made the Sun rise and shine. They were happily married to seven sisters named Krttika. They originally all lived together in the northern sky.

But one day, the god of fire, Agni, emerged from the flames of an offering performed by the seven Rishis and fell in love with the seven Krttika. Trying to forget his hopeless love for the Krttika, Agni wandered in the forest where he met Svaha. To conquer Agni’s love, Svaha disguised herself as six of the seven Krttika. Svaha could mimic only six of the Krttika because the seventh sister Arundhati was too devoted to her husband to be imitated.

After a while, Svaha gave birth to a child that she named Skanda. With his birth, rumors began to spread that six of the Rishis’ wives were his mother. Six of the Rishis divorced their wives. Arundhati was the only one that remained with her husband as the star Alcor. The other six Krttika went away to become the Pleiades.

This is were Greek is Introduced: Greek Mythology


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According to the ancient Greeks, the Pleiades were seven sisters. In Greek, the word “pleiades” means “doves.” Their parents were Pleione and Atlas who was condemned by Zeus to support the Heavens on his shoulders. One day, the Pleiades were traveling with their mother and met the hunter Orion.

Orion fell in love with Pleione and her charming daughters. He spent a great deal of time chasing after them, trying to win their affection. After several years, Zeus intervened and transformed the women into doves to help them escape. They flew into the sky to become the cluster of stars that today has their name.

However, only six stars are visible in the sky without a telescope. The ancient Greeks explained the absence of a seventh star with several different stories. According to one story, one of the Pleiades, Merope deserted her sisters because she was ashamed of having a mortal husband, who also happened to be a criminal.

5 thoughts on “Sapta Rishi- This is where Indian and Greek Mythology met

  1. Vishesh Jain says:

    There is more a lot more correlate between Greek and Hindu Mythology. Greek Mythology originally has three main gods and three main goddess, Zeus, Hades, Poseidon and Hera, Hestia and Demeter. Hindu Mythology likewise has three main Gods, Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh and three main Goddess Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati.

    The Trojan War was a battle which lasted for 10 years and started when a Prince abducted a Princess from other nation, sounds familar to the Ramayana? Also, Rama was in the forest for 2 Years before Sita was abducted and 1 year it took to reach Lanka. The entire Ramayana war is also effectively estimated to be for 10 years.

  2. Archit Gupta says:

    i’m a hindu myself but i somehow find greek mythology more interesting than hindu mythology….
    well some other simmilarities can be in gods like indra and zeus…. yaksha and poseidon etc etcc

  3. Sanjeev says:

    In Hindu myths Indra is just an opportunistic god. He always run from asura “evils” three super gods always help him. But Zeus is very strong god and he help other gods. Greek myths are more interesting than Hindu myths..

  4. Mrinmoyee says:

    The hindu mythology is the greatest. If one wants to probe deep into Hindu mythology he should keep reading all the Puranas. There are thousands of stories. And if someone wants to know about Hinduism he should try to read the Upanishads. For instance if someone wants to know about the three super gods’ actual identity, have a deep look at Mundaka upanishad…

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