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Many people would be aware that Manu, like Indra, is not the name of a person but a title that is passed on to different people from time to time (to be specific, after a Manvantar). It is also believed that the Vedas have come down to us unchanged from the beginning of time. So ideally, judging by their eternal nature, they should not contain the names of different people holding the same title since that would point to interpolations at different times.

However, an article on this site mentions that Rigveda gives the names of the following historical Manus:

Saaryaata Maanava RV 10-92

Cakshu Maanava 9-52, 9-106-4

Manu Vaivasvata – 8-5, 8-27-31

Manu Samvrana 9-49, 9-101-10

Manyu Tapasa – 10-67, 10-83,84

I could not find any reference to these Manus in the said verses so I would like to know if the various Manus of previous eras are indeed mentioned in any of the Vedic verses.

  • Manyu is actually name of a rudra. – Anisha Apr 20 '18 at 4:46
  • I know but the question is about Manus - Tapasa is also one of the Manus. – Dr. Vineet Aggarwal Apr 20 '18 at 6:11
  • Are you looking for Samhitas only or we can give references from Upanishads and Brahmanas too? – Triyugi Narayan Mani Apr 20 '18 at 6:22
  • I was more concerned with the particular references this guy gave in the article but please feel free to mention any references from the entire Vedic corpus. If these guys are really mentioned it could mean the Vedas were put down in current form in the Vaivasvat Manvantar. – Dr. Vineet Aggarwal Apr 20 '18 at 6:25
  • I think references are not right. Also I cannot find what is 8-27-31? – Triyugi Narayan Mani Apr 20 '18 at 6:46
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I am not able to figure out those references mentioned in question. So, I am answering only this part:

would like to know if these Manus of previous eras are indeed mentioned in any of the Vedic verses including four parts of Veda

  1. Manu Vaivasvata is mentioned at some places in Vedic literature.

    • She mounted up, she came to men. They called her, Come unto-
      us, come hither thou Free-giver!
      Earth was her milking-pail, the calf beside her Manu Vaivasvata,
      Vivasvān's offspring.
      Prithi the son of Vena was her milker: he milked forth hus-
      bandry and grain for sowing.
      These men depend for life on corn and tillage. He who knows
      this becomes a meet supporter, successful in the culture of his_
      corn-land. Atharva Veda, Book 8, Hymn 10

    • 'King Manu Vaivasvata,' he says;--'his people are Men, and they are staying here;' Satapatha Brahmana, Thirteenth Kanda, Fourth Adhyaya, Third Brahmana

  2. Manu Samvrana

    • As with Manu Samvarani, Indra, thou drankest Soma juice, And, Maghavan, with Nipatithi, Medbyatithi, with Pustigu and Srustigu,— Rig Veda, Book 8, Hymn III

    • And these commended horses, bright and active, by Dhvanya son of Laksmana presented, Came unto me, as cows into the Ṛṣi Samvarana's stall, with magnitude of riches. Rig Veda, Book 5, HYMN XXXIII

  3. Saryata Manu

    • 17 Wherewith Paṭharvā, in his majesty of form, shone in his course like to a gathered kindled fire; Wherewith ye helped Śāryāta in the mighty fray,—Come hither unto us, O Aśvins, with those aids. Rig Veda, Book 1, HYMN CXII

      1. But Saryâta, the Mânava, just then wandered about here with his tribe, and settled near by that same place. His boys 1, while playing, setting that decrepit, ghostlike man at nought, pelted him with clods. Satapatha Brahmana, Fourth Kanda, First Adhyaya, Fifth Brahmana

I will update with others when found.

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    Nice.. its a good beginning. I am searching too lets see whether we can actually find their names or not. – Dr. Vineet Aggarwal Apr 20 '18 at 12:26

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