Rajarshi or Rajarishi is, in Hinduism
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 and Hindu mythology
Hindu mythology
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, a royal saint and rishi
Rishi denotes the composers of Vedic hymns. However, according to post-Vedic tradition, the rishi is a "seer" to whom the Vedas were "originally revealed" through states of higher consciousness. The rishis were prominent when Vedic Hinduism took shape, as far back as some three thousand years...



A Rajarshi is a king who turned into a royal sage, or Rajarshi. A rajarshi will not have to leave the kingship to became rishi as in the example of Vishwamitra (who later advanced to becoming a Brahmarishi) but still while ruling the kingdom has reached a state of rishi and have attained self realization.

They still perform the kshatriya
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 responsibility, and remain similar to most rishis, maharishis and brahmarishis in their level of spiritual knowledge.


Janaka or Raja Janaka were the kings of Videha Kingdom. Their capital was Mithila, which is believed to be present day Janakpur, Nepal...

, the king of and Mithila
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 father of Sita
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, and Dasaratha
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, king of Ayodhya and father of Rama
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,The Great Arshtishen were both Rajarishis, spiritually self-realized and advanced in their knowledge of religion. Hotravan (Grandfather of Kashi Princess, Amba) was known as Rajrishi from Mahabharata era.

Modern Usage

"Rajarshi" is the name of the novel by Rabindranath Tagore
Rabindranath Tagore
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, based on the life of a king of the state of Tripura, named Govindamanikya. Purushottam Das Tandon
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, freedom fighter from India
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 was addressed reverentially as "Rajarshi." The Abdicated Highness of princely state of Cochin, Sir Sri Rama Varma
Sir Sri Rama Varma
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 also known as Father of Modren Cochin, is often called Rajarshi Rama Varma.
Chatrapati Shahu, ruler of princely state of Kolhapur, well known for his social reforms in modern India is remembered as Rajarshi.Rajarshi Udai Pratap(Bhinga Raj).Mr. James Jesse Lynn, disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda was also referred to by the title of the Rajarshi,as Rajarsi Janakananda
Rajarsi Janakananda
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