This post from Swarajya claims the word Yahweh appears in Rig Veda multiple times.

The common thread is one word – Yahweh, which can be found in both the Rig Veda, and in the Old Testament – the oldest Abrahamic text.

Is the word Yahweh present in Rig Veda?
If yes then where exactly does the word Yahweh occurs in Rig Veda?

  • how is Yahweh written in Devanagari?.. is it like याह्वे ?
    – Tezz
    Commented May 25, 2022 at 16:33
  • @Tezz even I'm not sure. But the author claims such. Commented May 25, 2022 at 16:39
  • @Optimus if some article claims "Yahweh" is present in Rigveda, shouldn't they provide verses too?
    – The Destroyer
    Commented May 25, 2022 at 16:40
  • @TheDestroyer exactly my point. But articles simply says so. I couldn't find the verses. Commented May 25, 2022 at 16:41
  • Yahweh is ancient aramaic, not sanskrit. This question can only be answered by a scholar(s) versed in both ancient aramaic and sanskrit 1) This is not a question for this forum. 2) When posting a question links are not questions. You should write within the question what you want to ask about and provide the link as a source. Commented May 28, 2022 at 6:32

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If by 'Yahweh' you mean the word यह्वं = yahvaṃ. Then yes, it does occur in the Rig-Veda.

Searching it on the sa.wiki repository yields multiple results of its occurrence (around more than 30)
in the Rig-Veda itself, besides other Vedas.

Some instances are -

ṛgvedaḥ sūktaṃ 1.36

प्र वो यह्वं पुरूणां विशां देवयतीनाम् । अग्निं सूक्तेभिर्वचोभिरीमहे यं सीमिदन्य ईळते ॥१॥

ṛgvedaḥ sūktaṃ 5.16

अधा ह्यग्न एषां सुवीर्यस्य मंहना । तमिद् यह्वं न रोदसी परि श्रवो बभूवतुः ॥४॥

ṛgvedaḥ sūktaṃ 8.13

तदिद्रुद्रस्य चेतति यह्वं प्रत्नेषु धामसु । मनो यत्रा वि तद्दधुर्विचेतसः ॥२०॥

ṛgvedaḥ sūktaṃ 10.92

इममञ्जस्पामुभये अकृण्वत धर्माणमग्निं विदथस्य साधनम् ।
अक्तुं न यह्वमुषसः पुरोहितं तनूनपातमरुषस्य निंसते ॥२॥

As regards the meaning of the word, a classical search in the KST dictionary yields -

Monier Williams Cologne

यह्व॑ mf(ई॑)n. restless, swift, active (applied to Agni, Indra and Soma), RV.

continually moving or flowing (applied to the waters), ib. (= महत्, Sāy.)

यह्व॑ m. = यजमान, a sacrificer, Uṇ. i, १३४ Sch.



yah-vá, RV. a. (ī) restless, active, swift;

constant; ever-flowing.

And in Nirukta 8.8, it is thus defined as -

यह्व इति महतो नामधेयम्

Yahweh, therefore means, the great name.

  • Isn't the Yaahweh or याह्वे, you have quoted Yahwa or यह्व. Can you once search for याह्वे? Commented Jul 1, 2022 at 12:40
  • Well, याह्वे would be yāhve in IAST. And, I don't think याह्वे is present in the Rig-Veda. It's यह्व only. @Optimus
    – Vivikta
    Commented Jul 1, 2022 at 14:00
  • Why can't I give bounty to you? Is there some time limit? Commented Jul 1, 2022 at 14:19
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    Anyway great answer, thanks a lot, I request you to please try to answer my other questions Commented Jul 1, 2022 at 14:54
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    @Optimus ok thanks, let me see and research a bit. I'll let you know by tomorrow if I can answer them. :)
    – Vivikta
    Commented Jul 3, 2022 at 9:32

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