Marichi

MarichiMarichi is one of the ten Prajapatis who were created from Lord Brahma’s body and mind.
He was also one of the Sapta Rishis of the First Manvantara.

Wife – According to different accounts – Kala (daughter of Kardam Rishi), Sambhuti(daughter of Daksha), Dharmavrata

Son – Kashyap

  • Marichi finds mention in the Bhagavad-Gita
    Krisna says,


adityanam aham vishnur

jyotisam ravir amsuman
maricir marutam asmi
nakshatranam aham sasi

Translation
Of the Adityas I am Vishnu, of lights I am the radiant sun, of the Maruts I am Marici, and among the stars I am the moon.

  • Rishi Marichi shouldn’t be confused with a goddess by the name of Marici (goddess of the heavens, goddess of light, and a solar deity) in Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhism.
  • Maricyasana is a Yoga pose named after the sage Marichi. This pose has four variations. The pose begins by bending the leg so that the heel is close to the perineum. In the first variation, the body twists so that the chest faces the outstretched leg and in the third variation is faces away. The second and fourth variations resemble the first and third, except here the straight leg is bent into half Padmasana.
    The Maricyasana variations increase levels of energy in the body; tone and massage the abdominal organs; and reduce fat around the waistline.
  • One of the many legends associated with Marichi is as follows. One day Marichi went to the forest to collect wood and flowers and returned to his home extremely tired. He called to his wife, Dharmavrata, and told her that she was to wash his feet for him. Just as Dharmavrata began to wash her husband’s feet, Brahma arrived.  Dharmavrata did not know what she should do, should she continue to wash her husband’s feet, or turn her attentions to Brahma, who was Marichi’s father. She chose the latter and suffered the wrath of her husband. Marichi became extremely angry and put a curse on his wife, turning her into a stone. Dharmavrata was naturally upset by this, believing that she was being punished unnecessarily. As a reaction to this, Dharmavrata began many years of meditation which were noticed by Lord Visnu who, impressed by her devotion, granted her a wish. All Dharmavrata wanted was to have Marichi’s curse lifted. Unfortunately, Marichi was such a powerful sage that this was impossible to do. Instead, Dharmavrata was transformed into a holy stone, which was desired by all gods. ( Find the connection between this legend and the city of Gaya in Bihar here)

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