It is a common belief in Hinduism that the nature of creation is cyclic. Continuous creation and destruction happens in certain intervals of time. Most of such ideas are found in Puranas and also in Bhagvad Gita.

But do the Vedas also state about Cyclical nature of Creation? I've heard there is a verse in RigVeda which states about Cyclic Nature of Creation.

Where is that verse in Rig Veda and what it means?

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    Why is this tagged history? There's nothing about history here. Oct 25, 2017 at 5:33

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10.190 is the Hymn to the creation in Rig Veda. In it's third verse it states sun and moon were created like that of previous creation.

सूरय्याचन्द्रमसौ धाता यथा पूर्वमकल्पयत् I
दिवं च पृथ्वीं  च अंतरिक्षमथो स्वः   II  RigVeda 10.190.3  II

"The Ordainer created the sun and moon like those of previous cycles. He formed in order Heaven and Earth, the regions of the air, and light."

Griffth translates it as:

Dhātar, the great Creator, then formed in due order Sun and Moon. He formed in order Heaven and Earth, the regions of the air, and light.

Jamison and Brereton translate it as:

The Ordainer arranged, according to their proper order, sun and moon, heaven and earth, midspace and sunlight.

In the above verse the main emphasis is on:

यथा पुर्वमकल्पयत् ।
yathã purvamakalpayat ।
Like that in previous creation.

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    also the Nasadiya hymn Rg Veda x. 129. 1-7. Sep 14, 2016 at 10:47
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    Yes, Nasadiya Sukta is a great hymn to creation. But I think it doesn't talk about cyclic nature of creation...
    – Tezz
    Sep 14, 2016 at 10:54
  • it does speak to it Sep 14, 2016 at 15:57
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    @Sai Thank you! Here is translation of Griffth .. sacred-texts.com/hin/rigveda/rv10190.htm if you want Jamison and Bereton translation... I can mail that book to you... You can come to our chat room here.. chat.stackexchange.com/rooms/38640/…
    – Tezz
    Sep 14, 2016 at 17:27
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    I really recommend reading Vedic Physics by Raja Ram Mohan Roy available in Amazon.
    – onephys
    Sep 14, 2016 at 17:46

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