By Swami Harshananda
Lomaharṣaṇa literally means ‘one who raises the hair of the listeners’.
Lomaharṣaṇa is also spelt as Romaharṣaṇa. It is a familiar figure that we come across in the purāṇas as the chief narrator, especially to the ṛṣis engaged in a Sattrayāga and mostly in Naimiṣāraṇya, the Naimiṣa forest. This forest is identified with the modern Nimsar in Uttar Pradesh. He was also known as Sutapurāṇika. He was a disciple of Vedavyāsa. His son was Ugraśravas who later on took his father’s place as the chief narrator of purāṇas.
Lomaharṣaṇa had six disciples through whom the purāṇas gradually took the present shape. They were:
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore