Bharat is well known as the
homeland of sages. Among them Bharadwaja was the most renowned. Even now, on Rishipanchami
day, the Bharadwaja couples are worshipped with reverence.
In the Sixth Part of Rigveda there are hymns attributed to Bharadwaja. There are also
hymns of Bharadwaja's disciples Garga, Payu, Suhotra and others. The names of Abhyavarti
and Divodasa or Prastoka are also mentioned In Rigveda. Westerners too have praised the
greatness "So long as the rivers a last, the fame of Rigveda said Max Muller, the
Thus did the great sag live for the spread of knowledge and for welfare of the people.
A great soul, he was not tempted by the to become an emperor but to serve the people. He
acquired extensive knowledge with strenuous effort; he disseminated it for the
welfare of the world. The clash between the good people and the bad people has been in
this world for thousands of years. Even in Bharadwajas time such
confrontations were going on. In that clash, by protecting the good people, Bharadwaja
stood like a fortress protecting the good people. extraordinary scholarship and might of
Bharadwaja, numerous kings accepted him as their preceptor and ruled as ordered by him.
But even among kings he sought out the righteous. He extended support only when people
followed the tenets of righteousness enunciated by him. The wealth his warrior pupils
offered at his feet, this great soul gave away as a gift to humanity. The vow that he took
deserves to be the vow for all time in the hearts of all sages, all warriors and all rich
people: "All people are my relatives. For their service my life is dedicated.
My strength acquired by meditation and strength of body I will use for the benefit of
Sage Bharadwaja spent his life bridging the earth and the heaven as it were. A sage who
spread the fame of Bharat by his wisdom, meditation, kindness and service of the people.
Remembering him every morning is auspicious:
Munim Angirasam bhaje I
"To Bharadwaja who is holding the sacred beads and looks serene, husband of
Susheeladevi, of the dynasty of Angiras, I humbly bow."