In Hinduism, a divinely inspired poet or sage, sometimes regarded as a saint.
A Vedicpoet 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.
Other Word Forms of Rishi
Origin of Rishi
From Sanskritऋषि (ṛ́ṣi), of Common Indo-Iranian source (cognate with Avestan 𐬆𐬭𐬆𐬴𐬌𐬴 (ǝrǝšiÅ¡, “seer")), probably formed from verbal root √ṛṣ (“to flow, pour").