Maharishi Bhrigu was a Manas Putra (born from a wish).
It so happened that
when Lord Brahma was thinking of making this universe he faced some problems for
which he requested maharishi Bhrigu ji to help him out. Maharishi bhrigu is also
called ‘Prajapati’ (Creator) as he was created by lord Brahma to help him in the
process of creation of the universe .
Maharishi Bhrigu ji was married to Khyati
,the daughter of Daksha.
He had two sons, Dhata and Vidhata and a daughter shri
also known as Lakshmi. He had one more son, who is better known than Maharishi
Bhrigu ji himself –Shukra. The sage chyavana is also said to be his son.
Cont....... It is said that among the three only lord Vishnu was able to impress Maharishi Bhrigu ji. The story goes like this . when Maharishi Bhrigu ji entered the place where Lord Sri Vishnu was sleeping with goddess lakshmi at his feet, Maharishi Bhrigu ji became full of anger because he thought that lord Vishnu was not really sleeping but only pretending to sleep just to insult him. This was the time, when the Maharishi Bhrigu ji with his right leg kicked the chest of lord Sri Vishnu. When he was hit lord Vishnu opened his eyes and stood up. Lord Vishnu was astonished to see Maharishi Bhrigu ji standing there. So he bended down his head folded his hands, and said to Maharishi Bhrigu ji, ”My Lord, My chest is the strongest thing in the world, like a mountain, but your feet are so soft. May be you got hurt while kicking me. So please forgive me for that.” While listening to the words of Lord Vishnu Maharishi Bhrigu ji declared him the greatest. But goddess Lakshmi, wife of Lord Vishnu, perceived it an insult of her husband. She gave a curse to Maharishi Bhrigu ji that he and his community (Brahmins) to which he represent will be parted away from wealth.
After apologizing from goddess too, she suggested him to write Bhrigu Samhita which would contain predictions of past, present & future of people the Granth would enable to Brahmins to earn their livelihood through the reading done.
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