Vashishta is one of the Saptarishis and a manasputra of God Brahma (Seven Great Sages Rishi). He had the divine cow Kamadhenu and her daughter Nandini, both of whom were capable of doing anything for their owners. Arundhati is the name of the wife of Vashista. One of the nine Prajapatis, Vashista, is credited with writing Mandala 7 in the Rigveda. Vashista and his family receive praise in RV 7.33 for their participation in the Battle of the Ten Kings. He is the only non-Bhava mortal to be the subject of a Rigvedic hymn because of this. Another work that is said to be his is the book Vashista Samhita, which is about the Vedic system of electional astrology. The following is a brief discussion of a few of the folktales and stories that include Vashista. In the Ramayana, Vashista is portrayed as Dasharatha's court sage. Sage Vashistha, Ram's guru and Rajpurohit of the Ikshwaku dynasty, is the subject of a legend. He was a great Rishi who emphasized intelligence, charity, and peace. He had established Gurukula, a residential college where he and his wife Arundhati cared for thousands of students, on the Beas River's banks. The Sadguru of his time was Vashistha. He knew everything there was to know about God and the universe, and he had twenty "kala's," or divine arts. Many of his Shlokas are also in the Vedas. In order to provide food for a feast, Vashistha calls Kamadhenu, also known as Sabala, the cow of abundance. Nandini, Kamadhenu's daughter, was the name of the cow that lived in Vashista. She was able to immediately produce enough food to feed an entire army. The cow made the king Kaushika, who later became Vishwamitra, very impressed when he visited Vashistha's hermitage. He tried to get Vashistha to take it away from him, but Kamadhenu/Nandini's spiritual power was too much for him to handle.
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