Ashtavakra (Sanskrit: अष्टावक्रः, IAST: Aṣṭāvakraḥ) is a revered Vedic sage in Hinduism

His name literally means “eight bends”, reflecting the eight physical handicaps he was born with

His maternal grandfather was the Vedic sage Aruni, his parents were both Vedic students at Aruni’s school

Ashtavakra studied, became a sage and a celebrated character of the Hindu Itihasa epics and Puranas

Ashtavakra is the author of the text Aṣṭāvakra Gītā, also known as Aṣṭāvakra Saṃhitā, in Hindu traditions

The text is a treatise on Brahman and Atman