Bhrigu in the mythology of India, was one of the ten Maharishis or great philosophers, the sons of Brahma, the compiler of a number of books. He proved which was the most loving of the three great gods, in order to worship him supremely. Brahma was engrossed in the study of the sacred books, and did not allow the philosopher near him. Siva, as the incarnate Mahadeva, received him gladly; but was so provoked by a few insulting words of Bhrigu, that the latter was only saved from death by sudden flight. Therefore only Vishnu, the preserver, remained. To prove him, Bhurigu woke the sleeping god with his foot; but the god was so calm and kind that he not only did not grow angry, but also asked Bhrigu if he had not hurt his foot, as his (Vishnu's), body was hard. Bhrigu fell on his face before the god, told the reason of the deed, and begged forgiveness, which he received.