kuśika कुशिक

Definition: Is the probably mythical forefather of the Kuśikas, and especially the father of the most important member of that family, Viśvāmitra. The Kusikas are repeatedly referred to in the third Mandala of the Rigveda, and figure in the legend of śunahsepa in the Aitareya Brāhmana. They were clearly a family of priests who attached themselves to the service of the princes of the Bharatas. They were especially devoted to the worship of Indra; hence he is styled Kauśika even in the Rigveda.


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