By Swami Harshananda
Devarṣi literally means ‘sage of the divine group’.
Sages (ṛsis, munis, tapasvīs) of knowledge, wisdom and austerity have been well-known in the religious scriptural works. Among the several kinds of ṛṣis mentioned there, the devarṣis are one group.
The word ‘devarṣi’ has been defined as a ‘sage who is like a god’ or as ‘one who is revered even by the gods’. The most well-known of all the devarṣis is Nārada. The others are:
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore