Ashta chiranjeevis

According to Hindu mythology, there are eight immortals or Chiranjivis, who are said to live until the end of the current cycle of creation and destruction, known as Kalpa. They are:

  • Ashwatthama: He is the son of Dronacharya, the teacher of the Kauravas and Pandavas in the Mahabharata. He is also an incarnation of Lord Shiva. He became immortal either by a curse from Lord Krishna or by his own nature as a manifestation of Shiva. He is said to roam the earth with a wound on his forehead that never heals¹²³.
  • Bali: He is the king of the demons and the grandson of Prahlada, a devotee of Lord Vishnu. He was defeated by Vishnu in his incarnation as Vamana, a dwarf brahmin, who tricked him into giving up his kingdom and sent him to the underworld. However, Vishnu was pleased with his generosity and granted him immortality and the promise of ruling the next cycle of creation¹².
  • Veda Vyasa: He is the sage who divided the Vedas, the ancient scriptures of Hinduism, into four parts. He is also the author of many other scriptures, such as the Mahabharata, the Puranas, and the Brahma Sutras. He is considered as an avatar of Vishnu and was blessed with immortality by him. He is also the grandfather of Vyasa, who is one of the saptarishis or seven great sages¹²³.
  • Hanuman: He is the monkey god and the son of Vayu, the wind god. He is also an incarnation of Shiva. He is the greatest devotee of Rama, an avatar of Vishnu, and helped him in his war against Ravana, the demon king. He was given immortality by Rama as a reward for his service and devotion¹²³.
  • Vibhishana: He is the younger brother of Ravana and a follower of Rama. He opposed Ravana’s abduction of Sita, Rama’s wife, and joined Rama’s army. He was instrumental in revealing Ravana’s secrets and weaknesses to Rama. He was given immortality by Rama and made the king of Lanka after Ravana’s death¹²⁴.
  • Kripacharya: He is a sage and a teacher of both the Kauravas and Pandavas in the Mahabharata. He is also an expert in warfare and archery. He fought on the side of the Kauravas in the Kurukshetra war, but was impartial towards both sides. He was given immortality by Krishna, an avatar of Vishnu¹².
  • Parashurama: He is the sixth avatar of Vishnu and a warrior-sage. He is known for his axe (parashu) and his wrath against the kshatriyas, whom he exterminated 21 times for their tyranny and oppression. He is also the guru of Bhishma, Dronacharya, and Karna, who were prominent warriors in the Mahabharata. He was given immortality by Vishnu and is said to be still alive as a hermit¹²³.
  • Markandeya: He is a sage who was blessed by Shiva with eternal youth and life. He was destined to die at the age of 16, but he was so devoted to Shiva that he clung to his lingam (symbol) when Yama, the god of death, came to take him away. Shiva intervened and saved him from Yama’s noose and granted him immortality¹².

These are some of the immortals as per Hindu mythology and who gave them the blessings to be so. You can learn more about them from these sources¹²³⁴. I hope this answer satisfies your curiosity.

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