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Rishi Vishwamitra who is considered to be author of Gayatri mantra in Hindu tradition. In above image, Menaka trying to win him over from an aloof ascetic life to a householder life.

In the Vedas the term Rishi ( ṛṣi) denotes an inspired poet of Vedic hymns. Post-Vedic tradition of Hinduism regards the Rishis as "seers", "sages" or saints, who after intense meditation (Tapas) realized truths and eternal knowledge, which they composed into hymns.<ref name=scharfe13>Hartmut Scharfe (2002), Handbook of Oriental Studies, BRILL Academic, ISBN 978-9004125568, pages 13-15</ref>

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