I recently found out from here that the father of Menā, Vṛṣaṇaśva is not just mentioned in the Brahmanas, but in the Rig-Veda itself. What is a good translation of this verse on the mysterious ancestor of the Parvata?

See here: https://www.wisdomlib.org/definition/vrishanashva

While the verse of Vṛṣaṇaśva has been found. I wonder what the rest of the hymn says. What especially confuses me is why it says "to him," at the end, when Menā is supposed to be female.



king Vṛṣaṇaśva is mentioned in Rig-Veda mandala 1- Sukta 51-Mantra 13.Indra once took birth as a daughter of Vṛṣaṇaśva and her name was Mena. As you requested , below are the three translations of the mantra where the king Vṛṣaṇaśva is mentioned in Rig-Veda.

Translation By H.H.Wilson

अददा अर्भां महते वचस्यवे कक्षीवते वृचयामिन्द्र सुन्वते |
मेनाभवो वृषणश्वस्य सुक्रतो विश्वेत्ता ते सवनेषु प्रवाच्या ||13 ||

adadā arbhāṃ mahate vacasyave kakṣīvate vṛcayāmindra sunvate | menābhavo vṛṣaṇaśvasya sukrato viśvet tā te savaneṣu pravācyā ||

Thou hast given Indra , the youthful Vrichayato the aged kakshivat praising thee,and offering libations. Thou Sukrutu ,wast Mena , the daughter of Vrishanashwa. All these thy deeds are to be recited by thy worship.

Here is translation of Ralph Griffith

13 To old Kakṣīvān, Soma-presser, skilled in song, O Indra, thou didst give the youthful Vṛcayā. Thou, very wise, wast Menā, Vrsanśva's child: those deeds of thine must all be told at Soma feasts.

And here is Hindi translation by Shree Ram Sharma Acharya of AWGP

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  • Pushkar, what part of the original Sansrit verse maps to "hai uttam karm Indradev" in the Hindi translation?
    – iruvar
    Oct 10 '20 at 8:14
  • @iruvar - I think it's the word "Sukrato". Oct 10 '20 at 8:19
  • Pushkar, Upvoted for sourcing effort. Downvoted for not running diligence on translations prior to answering.
    – iruvar
    Oct 10 '20 at 8:34
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    @iruvar - The question asks about where in Rig-Veda? and i have provided the answer. Also the OP is looking for good translations not the commentary. Hence the answer. Oct 10 '20 at 8:54

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