Maharishi Bhrigu was one of the Saptarishis of this Manvantara according to the Kishna Yajurveda. He is the compiler of Bhrigu Samhita, an astrological classic. He is married to Khyati and has two sons Dhata and Vidhata. The descendents of Bhrigu are known as Bhargavas. Bhargavas are those Brahmins warriors who taught the science of warfare. Shukra, Parashurama, & Jamadagni are from this lineage.

Bhrigu & the Trinity

Once all the sages gathered on near the Saraswati river to perform a grand Yagna. At the time of offering homage, the sages debated as to which of the Trinity is more entitled to the homage. They chose Maharishi Bhrigu to find the best among the Trinity.  Maharishi Bhrigu set out to test the Trinity, Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma.

He first reached Mount Kailas, the abode of Lord Shiva. At that particular time, Shiva was engaged in conversation with his wife, Parvati. Maharishi Bhrigu neither bowed in reverence nor greeted Lord Shiva and the Lord did not see the Sage approaching. Maharishi was dejected and spoke words to anger the Lord. Next he very abruptly entered the room of Lord Brahma in Satyaloka. Brahma became furious and questioned ” How is it that you entered my world without seeking my permission?”. Maharishi then went to see Lord Vishnu. As expected the Lord was in a sleep state on the milk ocean.   Seeing Mahavishnu, Bhrigu questioned “Why does Vishnu have to sleep now?” So saying he kicked the Lord in his chest. Lord Vishnu woke from his slumber, took Maharishi Bhrigu’s legs in his hand and massaged them asking “I am sorry but do they hurt?.

Maharishi Bhrigu on returning to Earth told the assembled sages. Mahavishu is the most fit to receive the entitlements since He has conquered anger & ego.