Rishi Pulaha or Pulaha is the son of Brahma, the cosmic creator, and also one of the Saptarshi (Seven Great Sages Rishi), in the First Manvantara, with others being Marichi, Atri, Angiras, Kratu, Pulastya, and Vashishtha. In another classification, Pulaha one of the ten Prajapatis, the ruler of people created by Brahma.
During his birth in the first Manvantara, Pulaha was married to Daksha's daughters, Kshama. Together they had three sons, Kardama, Kanakapeetha and Urvarivat, and a daughter named Peevari. According to Bhagavata Purana Pulaha Rishi was also married to Gati, a daughter of Kardama and Devahuthi. The two had three sons – Karmasreshtta, Vareeyaamsu and Sahishnu. Pulaha is believed to be the fifth son who sprang from Brahma's head. Brahma created saptharishis (the seven sages) and ten prajapathi (some accounts place it at 21), from whom all human beings are believed to have been born. Pulaha learned the power of knowledge from sage Sanandana and in turn transmitted all knowledge to sage Gautama. He performed intense penance on the banks of river Alaknandha and was rewarded to be present in the court of Indra. King Bharata renounced all his kingdom and sought refuge in the hermitate of Pulaha. The sage is believed to be an ardent worshipper of Shiva. Pleased by the devotion of the sage, Shiva manifested in the form of Pulaheswar in Varanasi.