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As I discuss in this answer, how the Vedas originated is that from time immemorial, sages known as Dhristas have heard mantras (sacred verses) directly from the gods during a state of Tapasya (deep meditation). And then in the Dwapara Yuga, a sage named Krishna Dwaipayana Vedavyasa (or Vyasa for short) compiled these verses into a set of four books we call the Vedas. (Technically Vyasa only compiled the Rig, Yajur, and Sama Vedas - the Atharvana Veda was compiled separately by the sage Atharva and Angiras).

The verses of the Vedas come from the Tapasya of hundreds of different sages, and they're addressed to lots of different gods. So to preserve all this information, the sage Shaunaka (among others) compiled the Anukramanis, a set of systematic indices for the Vedas which, among other things, documents the sage who heard each verse from the gods, and the deity that each verse is addressed.

My question is, is the Anukramani of the Rig Veda available online in English? The Anukramanis give lots of information for each verse, including information about poetic meter and content, but all I really want is the names of the sages and deities for all the hymns.

Now this webpage claims to provide the sage associated with each hymn, but it's inadequate, because first of all it doesn't describe the case where there's ambiguity as to who the seer of a hymn is, and it also doesn't describe the case when different verses within a hymn were heard from the gods by different sages. And the Ralph TH Griffith translation of the Rig Veda claims to provide the deity of each hymn, but when different verses of a hymn are dedicated to different gods, it often just says "Various" and leaves it at that.

As far as I know, the only source that has all the information I want is Oxford's 3-Volume translation of the Rig Veda, which just came out a few months ago. And I have compiled most of the sage and deity information from that book, but not all of it. So is there any online source that has the complete sage and deity information for all the verses of the Rig Veda?

  • I've written down the missing ones from Book 8 and 9 except for 40-100 in book 8. i.imgur.com/UuZLy7W.jpg – user1027 Nov 9 '14 at 1:15
  • This book seems to have a detailed list of the Anukramanis. – Naveen Jun 28 '15 at 18:43
  • @Naveen Yeah, I think I actually used that book in compiling some of the names, since Google Books has page-viewing limitations. – Keshav Srinivasan Jun 28 '15 at 19:18
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It took a lot of work, but through careful searching of the Oxford's Rig Veda translation through Google Books, I was able to compile most of the Anukramani's sage and deity information, except for some hymns in books 8 and 9 as I'll describe below.

So without further ado, here's the list of seers and deities for each Book of the Rig Veda, in PDF format:

EDIT: The user hfdfh was good enough to write down a lot of the missing names in Books 8 and 9 here. So now I am just missing Hymns 40-100 of Book 8.

  • Very nice compilation. – Viraj Aug 8 at 7:52
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Anukramanika is an index - The Rishi index needs to be made - The most authentic sources is Department of Maharishi Vedic Science.

The mantra index - is found in Vedic Concordance Bloomsfeld - why it was needed was - you can guess - hiding truths of the Mayan and Hindu A Vedic Concordance.

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    It is not correct to attribute evil motives to the works of great schoalrs like Bloomfield and it is inappropriate to this forum. – Periannan Chandrasekaran Sep 25 '18 at 18:07
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Available at VedicGranth.org (the site looks related to Arya Samaj or Dayananda Sarasvati)

  • As an excel Spread Sheets in .xls : here and here.
    I recommend to check it once, it's very useful and in nice format.

  • As MS Word document in .doc format : here.

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    As far as I can tell this link doesn't have any Anukramani information, it just has a translation of Rig Veda Book 1. Did you put the wrong link? – Keshav Srinivasan Oct 22 '17 at 8:15
  • @KeshavSrinivasan oh! Just corrected the link, check it if you find the Excel spreadsheet correctly. – Paṇḍyā Oct 22 '17 at 8:18
  • Btw, I'm not sure that link refers to Dayananda Saraswati, for English translation of RigVeda Bhashya by Dayananda Saraswati, visit this. – Paṇḍyā Oct 22 '17 at 9:00

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