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Bharadwaja Bharadwaja also spelled Bhardwaj (Sanskrit: भरद्वाज,IAST: Bharadvāja), was one of the greatest Hindu sages (Maharṣis) descendant of Sage (Ṛṣi) Aṅgirasā, whose accomplishments are detailed in the Purāṇas. He is one of the Saptaṛṣis (Seven Great Sages or Rishis) in the presentManvantara; with others being Atri, Vasiṣṭha, Agastya,Gautama, Jamādgni, Kaśyapa.[1] Bharadvāja Bārhaspatya is the progenitor of the Bhāradvāja family and the family is attributed as the composers ofSixth Maṇḍala of the Ṛgveda. Maṇḍala 6 is known as the Bhāradvāja Family Book as all its 75 hymns are composed by a member of this family over several centuries.[2] He is believed to be a contemporary of King Bhārata. Maharṣi Bharadvāja and his descendants were respected and powerful priests-like ṛṣi of several clans/dynasties of thePuru tribe, such as the Bhāratas and the Pañcālas. Sage Bharadvāja was a sage of the Vedic times. He attained extraordinary scholarship. He had the great power of meditation.[3] He is also the author of Āyurveda. His Āśrama still exists at the holyPrayag (Allahabad). Bharadwaja was also the father of Guru Droṇācārya and grandfather of Aśvatthāma from the epicMahābhārata.