In Hinduism, a divinely inspired poet or sage, sometimes regarded as a saint.
Origin of rishiSanskrit &rlowdot;&slowdot;i&hlowdot;; see ers- in Indo-European roots.
- A Vedic poet and seer who composed Rigvedic hymns, who alone or with others invokes the deities with poetry of a sacred character.
- (post-Vedic) A Hindu sage or saint occupying the same position in India history as the patriarchs of other countries, constituting a peculiar class of beings in the early mythical system, as distinct from Asuras, Devas and mortal men.
From Sanskrit ऋषि (ṛ́ṣi), of Common Indo-Iranian source (cognate with Avestan (ǝrǝšiš, “seer”)), probably formed from verbal root √ṛṣ (“to flow, pour”).