By Swami Harshananda
Sometimes transliterated as: Grtsamada, GRtsamada, Grritsamada
Gṛtsamada is a ṛṣi or sage to whom the authorship of the second maṇḍala of the Ṛgveda is attributed. The name literally means a person who is intelligent and always happy.
Gṛtsamada, son of Sunahotra
Gṛtsamada was the son of the sage Sunahotra. Once while performing a sacrifice, asuras or demons abducted him. However, on his prayers to Indra, Indra rescued him.
Gṛtsamada, son of Śunaka
Gṛtsamada, son of Vītahavya
He was the son of Vītahavya, a kṣattriya king, who later became a brāhmaṇa. Gṛtsamada is said to have saved Indra once from being caught by the asuras who assumed his form to cheat Indra. The ṛks attributed to him are highly poetic.
- Ṛks are the Rgvedic mantras.
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore