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Pulastya (Sanskrit: पुलस्त्य, Sinhala: පුලස්ති, Thai: ท้าวจตุรพักตร์) was one of the ten Prajapati
Prajapati
or mind-born sons of Brahma,[1] and one of the Saptarishis (Seven Great Sages Rishi) in the first Manvantara.[2] Historical Reference (Purana)[edit] He was the medium through which some of the Puranas
Puranas
were communicated to the mankind.[according to whom?] He received the Vishnu
Vishnu
Purana from Brahma
Brahma
and communicated it to Parashara, who made it known to mankind. He was father of Visravas Muni who was the father of Kubera
Kubera
and Ravana, and all the Rakshas are supposed to have sprung from him. Pulastya Rishi
Rishi
was married to one of Kardam ji's nine daughters named Havirbhoo. Pulastya Rishi
Rishi
had two sons - Maharshi Agastya
Agastya
and Visravas. Vishravaa had two wives: one was Kekasi who gave birth to Ravana, Shurpanakha, Kumbhakarna, and Vibhishana; and another was Ilavida and had a son named Kubera. Archaeology[edit] Certain sources claim that the famous granite statue of a king in Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka, which was first thought to be of King Parakramabahu the Great, might actually be the Pulastya Rishi. This idea was later proven to be false by Prof. Senarath Paranawithana. Apart from this, no other statues, carvings, paintings or friezes of Pulastya Rishi
Rishi
have been found on the island. References[edit]

^ Narada
Narada
said.. The Mahabharata
Mahabharata
translated by Kisari Mohan Ganguli (1883 -1896), Book 2: Sabha Parva: Lokapala Sabhakhayana Parva, section:XI. p. 25 And Daksha, Prachetas, Pulaha, Marichi, the master Kasyapa, Bhrigu, Atri, and Vasistha
Vasistha
and Gautama, and also Angiras, and Pulastya, Kraut, Prahlada, and Kardama, these Prajapatis, and Angirasa of the Atharvan Veda, the Valikhilyas, the Marichipas; Intelligence, Space, Knowledge, Air, Heat, Water, Earth, Sound, Touch, Form, Taste, Scent; Nature, and the Modes (of Nature), and the elemental and prime causes of the world,--all stay in that mansion beside the lord Brahma. And Agastya
Agastya
of great energy, and Markandeya, of great ascetic power, and Jamadagni
Jamadagni
and Bharadwaja, and Samvarta, and Chyavana, and exalted Durvasa, and the virtuous Rishyasringa, the illustrious 'Sanatkumara' of great ascetic merit and the preceptor in all matters affecting Yoga..." ^ Inhabitants of the Worlds Mahanirvana Tantra, translated by Arthur Avalon, (Sir John Woodroffe), 1913, Introduction and Preface. The Rishi
Rishi
are seers who know, and by their knowledge are the makers of shastra and "see" all mantras. The word comes from the root rish Rishati-prapnoti sarvvang mantrang jnanena pashyati sangsaraparangva, etc. The seven great Rishi
Rishi
or saptarshi of the first manvantara are Marichi, Atri, Angiras, Pulaha, Kratu, Pulastya, and Vashishtha. In other manvantara there are other sapta-rshi. In the present manvantara the seven are Kashyapa, Atri, Vashishtha, Vishvamitra, Gautama, Jamadagni, Bharadvaja. To the Rishi
Rishi
the Vedas
Vedas
were revealed. Vyasa taught the Rigveda
Rigveda
so revealed to Paila, the Yajurveda
Yajurveda
to Vaishampayana, the Samaveda
Samaveda
to Jaimini, Atharvaveda
Atharvaveda
to Samantu, and Itihasa and Purana to Suta. The three chief classes of rishi are the Brahmarshi, born of the mind of Brahma, the Devarshi of lower rank, and Rajarshi or Kings who became rishi through their knowledge and austerities, such as Janaka, Ritaparna, etc. Thc Shrutarshi are makers of Shastras, as Sushruta. The Kandarshi are of the Karmakanda, such as Jaimini.

Buck, William. Ramayana. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1976. Dowson, John (1820–1881). A classical dictionary of Hindu mythology and religion, geography, history, and literature. London: Trübner, 1879 [Reprint, London: Routledge, 1979]. This book is in the public domain (and no copyright notice appears in the latest edition).

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1st (Svayambhuva) Manvantara

Marichi Atri Angiras Pulaha Kratu Pulastya Vasistha

2nd (Svarocisha) Manvantara

Urja Stambha Prana Dattoli Rishabha Nischara Arvarivat

3rd (Uttama) Manvantara

Kaukundihi Kurundi Dalaya Sankha Pravahita Mita Sammita

4th (Tapasa) Manvantara

Jyotirdhama Prithu Kavya Chaitra Agni Vanaka Pivara

5th (Raivata) Manvantara

Hirannyaroma Vedasri Urddhabahu Vedabahu Sudhaman Parjanya Mahamuni

6th (Cakshusha) Manvantara

Sumedhas Virajas Havishmat Uttama Madhu Abhinaman Sahishnnu

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Kashyapa Atri Vasistha Vishvamitra Gautama Jamadagni Bharadwaja

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Four Kumaras Agastya Agnivesa Aruni Ashtavakra Astika Atharvan Atreya Aupamanyava Aurava Avatsara Bhrigu Bhringi Brahmarshi Chyavana Dattatreya Dadhichi Devala Dirghatamas Durvasa Garga Gritsamada Jahnu Jaimini
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