Who are Sapta Chiranjeevi’s in mythology?

There are seven Chiranjeevi's as mentioned in Hindu scriptures. Chiranjeevi's are those who are believed to be alive in this Kali Yuga until Satya Yuga begins.

There are seven Chiranjeevi’s as mentioned in Hindu scriptures. Chiranjeevi’s are those who are believed to be alive in this Kali Yuga until Satya Yuga begins.

We find many amazing things in our Puranas. One of them is immortality or immortality. There are seven Chiranjeevi’s as mentioned in Puranas. Chiranjeevi’s are those who are believed to be alive in this Kali Yuga until Satya Yuga begins. Chiranjeevi is a Sanskrit word which is a combination of two words “chiran” meaning “long” and “jeevi” meaning “living”. There are mainly seven Chiranjeevi’s in Hinduism. 

Here is the information about who is Sapta Chiranjeevi mentioned in Hindu Puranas. 

  1. Parashurama: Believed to be the fifth incarnation of Vishnu, Parashurama received the boon of immortality from Shiva due to his honesty and determination. Parasurama, son of Jamadagni, one of the Saptarshis, vows to kill every Kshatriya on earth as a result of a Kshatriya king killing his father. Since then it is believed that Parashurama is still alive to kill all Kshatriyas on earth.
  2. Vibhishana: Vibhishana, the younger brother of the Lankan lord Ravana, plays a pivotal role in the Rama-Ravana battle of the Ramayana. An honest Vibhishana joins Rama’s army, displeased that Ravana has brought Sita to Lanka. Along with Rama, he helps Rama to get Sita back from Ravana. After killing Ravana, Vibhishana is crowned as the king of Lanka. Even today, it is believed that Vibhishana is alive and taking care of Lanka sincerely.
  3. Vedavyasa: Vedavyasa who is the author of Mahabharata is also famous for creating the Vedas. After the composition of the Vedas, Srimad Bhagavatam was composed by Vyasa on the advice of the Narada sage. There are references and beliefs in the Puranas that the Vedavyasas will last from the Dwapara Yuga to the end of the Kali Yuga.
  4. Emperor Bali: Son of Virochana and grandson of Prahlada, Bali was the king of the Asuras. And a good ruler. Lord Vishnu arrives in the avatar of Vamana and tests the loyalty of Balichakravarti. Vamana disguised himself asks the merciful king Balichakravarti to donate three feet of land on which he can walk. Balichakravarti also agrees to that but Vishnu in his cosmic form takes one step on the earth and one step in the sky. With no place to take his third step, Mahabali places it on the head of the emperor and Vishnu blesses him to settle in Patala. Appreciated by his sacrifice, Lord Vishnu granted him the boon of immortality.
  5. Ashwatthama: Ashwatthama, the son of Guru Dronacharya, was a great warrior. Ashwatthama, who was the guide of the Pandavas, finally fought against the Pandavas in the Kurukshetra War. He was cursed by Lord Krishna as a result of using Brahmastra to kill the child in Uttara’s womb. It is believed that Lord Krishna cursed Ashwatthama to remain on earth till the end of Kali Yuga, and Ashwatthama is still walking on the earth with his wounds from the Kurukshetra war.
  6. Kripacharya: Kripacharya is believed to be the fourth incarnation of Brahma. Kripacharya, who fought against the Pandavas at Kurukshetra, was one of the few Kaurava warriors left alive after the battle. After the war, Krupacharya, who surrendered to the Pandavas and moved to Hastinapura, became the mentor of Arjuna’s grandson Parikshit.
  7. Hanuman: Rama Banta, the son of Anjana Devi, was one of the greatest devotees of Lord Rama. After killing Ravana, Hanuman travels to Ayodhya where Rama wants to give gifts to Hanuman for his help, but Hanuman refuses to accept them and asks him to give him some space at Rama’s feet. Impressed by this, Rama blesses Hanuman to become Chiranjeevi. It is believed that Lord Hanuman roams the earth as long as there are devotees of Rama.


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