Is there any mantra attributed to Vishnu in the Veda (moola samhita). Not mention of word "Vishnu" but is he a "devata" for any specific mantra for example "brahmanaspati" devata for "gana nan tva ganapati..."

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    Are you serious?! He is the main deity mentioned in vedas alongside Indra, Vayu, Agni, Soma, Ashwins and Rudras. He is author as well as devta for many mantras
    – Yogi
    Mar 2, 2017 at 14:25
  • @Yogi what mean by author ? Mar 2, 2017 at 14:51
  • Sorry proper word is Rishi, he is Rishi and worshipped deity(as purusha) for Purusha suktam in narayana avatara.
    – Yogi
    Mar 2, 2017 at 14:52
  • @Yogi my question is not pertaining to puranas Mar 2, 2017 at 15:00
  • How is Purusha suktam related to puranas.???
    – Yogi
    Mar 2, 2017 at 15:08

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As you can see in the Rig Veda Anukramani given in my answer here, Vishnu is the Devata of several hymns of the Rig Veda:

Also, there are several hymns of the Rig Veda where the Rishis is either Vishnu or one of his incarnations:

By the way, while the Devata may very from one hymn to another, all the hymns of the Vedas ultimately praise Vishnu. As Krishna says in the Bhagavad Gita, " Those who are devotees of other gods and who worship them with faith actually worship only Me."

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    @RakeshJoshi Yes, because Vishnu's incarnation Vamana is the youngest son of Kashyapa and Aditi. See my answer here for more details: hinduism.stackexchange.com/a/6896/36 Mar 2, 2017 at 16:49
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    By the way, while the Devata may very from one hymn to another, all the hymns of the Vedas ultimately praise Vishnu. Is that a new theory that u are currently developing? :D..And all worship ultimately reach the Brahman not necessarily any particular deity like Krishna..
    – Rickross
    Mar 3, 2017 at 5:46
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    @Rickross , no it's not new theory.. Krishna says that in Bhagavad Gita chap 9.23, that's why it is applicable to vedic hyms. Vyasa also says "vedashAstrAtparaM nAsti na daivaM keshavAtparam"... and you might have heard of shloka "sarva deva namaskaram keshavam pratigachati'. Keshava/Krishna is the Paramatma/Brahmam
    – ram
    Apr 26, 2017 at 17:38
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    @ram Krishna mite be Brahman for u but not for me or others. And BG is not the only Gita.There r several others, with author being the same Vyasa. For Shaivites Shiva is Brahman. And Lalita Devi created Krishna and other avatars of Vishnu for her finger nails. Then for devotees of Sri Lalita how can any other deities (like Krishna etc) be Brahman? And mentioning Gita in a Q related to Veda Samhitas is perfectly redundant.
    – Rickross
    Apr 27, 2017 at 5:03
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    @RakeshJoshi Yes, Vamana incarnation is mentioned in Rigveda sacred-texts.com/hin/rigveda/rv01022.htm check 18th Richa...
    – YDS
    Dec 7, 2017 at 13:58

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