In Hindu mythology, Pulastya (Sanskrit: पुलस्त्य) was one of the ten Prajapati or mind-born sons of Brahma,[2] (Manas Putra) and one of the Saptarishis (Seven Great Sages Rishi) in the first Manvantara.[3]

Rakshasas and Kinnaras are children of Pulastya, according to Mahabharata.

He was the medium through which some of the Puranas were communicated to the mankind.[4] He received the Vishnu Purana from Brahma and communicated it to Parashara, who made it known to mankind.

He was father of Vishrava and the great Rishi, Agastya. Vishrava Muni was the father of Kubera and Ravana, and all the Yaksha are supposed to have sprung from him. Pulastya was married to one of Rishi Kardam's nine daughters named Havirbhoo. Pulastya Rishi had son Vishrava who in turn had two wives: one was Kaikesi who gave birth to Ravana, Shurpanakha, Kumbhakarna, and Vibhishana; and another was Ilavida and had a son named Kubera.

In Thai National epic Ramakien, Pulastya is call Latsatian. He was the second king of Lanka and the father of Thotsakan.[5]

Certain sources claim that the famous granite statue of a king in Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka, which was first thought to be of King Parakramabahu the Great, might actually be the Pulastya Rishi. This idea was later proven to be false by Prof. Senarath Paranawithana. Apart from this, no other statues, carvings, paintings or friezes of Pulastya Rishi have been found on the island.(Sri Lanka)