According to Mithila folklore, Bhamati was the wife of Vachaspati Mishra. While Vachaspati Mishra was writing his commentary, his wife Bhamati served him without any expectations for years. He was so busy that he had forgotten that he had a wife. After completing his work when he finished writing, he asked Bhamati, "Who are you?" She replied, "I am your wife". Vachaspati Mishra was so awed by Bhamati's devotion and undying love for him that he named his commentary after her.