The constellation ‘Sapta Rishi’ is known to Westerners as the ?

(1) Seven Monks
(2) Alpha Centauri
(3) Big Dipper
(4) Small Bear

Correct Answer : (3) The constellation ‘Sapta Rishi’ is known to Westerners as the Big Dipper.

Explanation:

The Big Dipper is an asterism consisting of the seven brightest stars of the constellation Ursa Major.

In Hindu astronomy, ‘Sapta Rishi’ is referred to as the “Collection of Seven Great Sages” (Saptarshi Mandal), as each star is named after a mythical Hindu sage.

The Indian name of “Sapta Rishi” Constellation is Ursa Major or Great Bear. The name of these Saptarishi stars is- Kratu (Dubhe), Pulaha (Merak), Pulastya (Phecda), Atri (Megrez), Angiras (Alioth), Vashistha (Mizar), Marichi (Alkaid). “Saptarishi” has 3 stars in the slant line and 4 stars in the square.

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