Do Rigveda samhita mention Himalayas? or the Himalayan range? Vedas mention Kailasa as adobe of lord Rudra in Yajurveda but does the Rigveda mention

1. Himalayas

2. Mount Kailasa (as in Yajurveda it is adobe of lord Rudra, is it same in Rigveda or even mentioned?)

For mount kailasha if answer is not sufficient other vedas can be cited for refrence

  • Uttarkuru is also one of the possible names. And I am searching for Mt. Kailash also which is probably Meru. Will update ans. as soon as i will find more info. regarding the tropics. Commented Feb 7, 2018 at 7:19
  • Why are u looking for this info? Anything special ? :)
    – Rickross
    Commented Feb 7, 2018 at 16:18
  • @Rickross not at starting but rigveda and samaveda show many attributes of the oldest which were condenced to them only while many good attributes respect of women, pure good family relations etc which contined but not survived a lot may be this not complete true but then also it's quite intresting so knowing many things about vedas is a quite natural :-) Commented Feb 7, 2018 at 18:45
  • Why do u think Rig Veda and Sama are the oldest? It is said in the Vedas that the Gods were unsatisfied after the creation of Riks and Yajus and that's why Samans were created..@Fiercelord
    – Rickross
    Commented Feb 9, 2018 at 7:33

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Yes Himalaya and it's ranges are mentioned in Rig-Veda Samhita. The Himalayas is called "Himavanta" during Vadic Times.

यस्येमे हिमवन्तो महित्वा यस्य समुद्रं रसया सहाहुः | 
यस्येमाः परदिशो यस्य बाहू कस्मै देवाय हविषाविधेम || RV 10.121.4

yasyeme himavanto mahitvā yasya samudraṃ rasayā sahāhuḥ | 

His, through his might, are these snow-covered mountains, and men call sea and Rasā his possession: His arms are these, his are these heavenly regions. What God shall we adore with our oblation?

According to the book - Vedic Index of Names and Subjects , Volume 2; Volume 5 by By Arthur Anthony Macdonell, Arthur Berriedale Keith.

This mountain range is what is Himalayan Range.

There seems no reason to deny that in all the passages the word refers vaguely to the mountains now called Himalaya.

  • find for mount kailash meru etc. from rigveda along if you do not get sufficient then can source from other vedas too. Commented Feb 7, 2018 at 8:08
  • @Fiercelord - yes i will update the answer from other vedas too. Thanks . Commented Feb 7, 2018 at 8:10
  • this may or may not be the himalaya - but it had no influence on rig vedic religion.
    – S K
    Commented Feb 7, 2018 at 11:48
  • Upanishds also mentioning goddess uma the daughter of Himavat. We can see the gradual development of stories and notions related to Himalaya from this i.e. later Rig-Vedic texts. Commented Feb 7, 2018 at 11:52
  • yes - himalaya plays no part in rig vedic religion but becomes important to hinduism proper with the addition of upanishads,itihasas and puranas @swiftpushkar
    – S K
    Commented Feb 7, 2018 at 11:57


I searched here and neither term occurs. recent research has shown rig vedic locales mostly correspond to present day pakistani punjab. the word "ganga" occurs only twice. this evidence is interpreted both ways - some say it is evidence of aryan in-migration and people like Talageri see evidence for Aryan outmigration in the same data.

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    there are rivers like sarasvati and sindhu are present ganga is an east river may be till that time there was no migration there which coresponds to IVC who migrated east due to shifting of river courses to east and a cultural continuity there both IVC and indo-aryan apart from invasion. Commented Feb 6, 2018 at 14:54
  • Do you believe in Aryan Invasion theory? Do you think human beings are latest? Commented Feb 6, 2018 at 17:09
  • one of the two MUST have happened either aryan outmigration or aryan immigration - the similarities between sanskrit, greek, lithuanian, avestan etc. are profound.
    – S K
    Commented Feb 6, 2018 at 17:57
  • @SK see in mittani there were all vedic things were found scientists think they exposed them to mittani but all aryans divided from iranians so how is it possible it showed signs which were only accepted in aryans and not iranians so what you say even before that fire altars were found in kalibangam too so.... we dont know what happend its pre-historic and all theories are proto. Commented Feb 7, 2018 at 8:18
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    Read above answer. It's there. Commented Feb 7, 2018 at 8:31

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