The Vedic rishis were both male and female. Some of
the prominent male rishis included Angiras, Agastya,
Vasishtha, Vishwamitra, Grutsamada. The main female
rishis were Ghosha, Godha, Apala, Kuhu, Sarama and
The special priest of the Rig Veda is called a bots, He is
an expert who recites the mantras of the Rig Veda to invoke
the devas for receiving the oblations.
The mantras of the Rig Veda are in Vedic Sanskrit. For
thousands of years these mantras have been meticulously
transmitted orally, and finally when they came to be first
written in the last few millennia, they were inscribed on
dried palm leaves. Consequently, for thousands of years up to
the present, there has been no change or corruption in the chanting and meaning of the Vedic mantras.
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