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The oldest of the four Vedas. See also [vedas].

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Who does “sons of Bharatas” refer to in this Rig Vedic verse?

Rig Veda Mandala 2, Hymn 36, verse 2 states: य॒ज्ञैः सम्मि॑श्लाः॒ पृष॑तीभिर्ऋ॒ष्टिभि॒र्याम॑ञ्छु॒भ्रासो॑ अं॒जिषु॑ प्रि॒या उ॒त । आ॒सद्या॑ ब॒र्हिर्भ॑रतस्य सूनवः पो॒त्रादा सोमं॑ पिबता दिवो नरः ॥ yajñáiḥ ...
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Does the Aitareya Brahmana ask sudras to serve the other three castes?

I'm sorry, I don't know the exact verse however I'm attaching a verse from (Aitareya Brahmana of the Rigveda, Published 1922, The Panini Office, Allahabad)
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Are Samvada sooktham and aikyamathya sooktham the same?

What is the difference between Samvada sooktha and Aikyamathya sooktha?
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What is the story of Rishika Vagambharni who had reached the stage of identifying herself with Devi through her Saadhana?

While chanting Devishukta of Rigveda (10.125) in recently passed Navaratri time, I came to know about daughter of Ṛṣi Aṃbhṛṇa​, named Vāk (also known as Vāk + Aṃbhṛṇa​ = Vāgāṃbhṛṇi). It is said that ...
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Is it true that Indra was a supreme God in Vedic time? [duplicate]

Many Indologists say that Indra is the greatest deity in Rigveda. Is it true that Demi God Indra was greater than Shiva and Vishnu ?
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In Vedas, which Devas and Asuras are purely a Deva or an Asura but not both?

Which Devas in Vedas (mainly Rigveda) are never referred to as Asuras and similarly which Asuras in Vedas (mainly Rigveda) are never referred to as Devas? I need references only from Vedas and nothing ...
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Where in the Ṛgveda (Rig Veda) is Vṛṣaṇaśva? Does anyone have the Sanskrit with translation of Rig Veda 1:51?

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 ...
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Where is the verse(s) about Sāvarṇi (a name of the first human) in the Ṛgveda (Rig Veda)? Who are Sāvarṇya and Saraṇyū?

I tried control-f-ing to find the mention of Sāvarṇi but it did not work.
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What are the arguments to show that the other Vedas are less authentic than the Rig Veda Samhita?

It is a belief of some neo-Hindus or modern Hindus that the Rig Veda Samhita (RVS) is the true scripture or foundational scripture of Hinduism, while the other Vedas like the Yajur Veda, etc. are less ...
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Rig Veda Translation : Rudra name omitted ( Book 8 Hymn 63 )

Using only the Griffith , Book 8 Hymn 63 Mantra 12 , I read : (Griffith) अस्मे रुद्रा मेहना पर्वतासो वर्त्रहत्ये भरहूतौ सजोषाः | यः शंसते सतुवते धायि पज्र इन्द्रज्येष्ठा अस्मानवन्तु देवाः || asme ...
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What are three refinings or three types of cleansing mentioned in Rigveda 3.26.8?

I am talking about following verse of Rigveda: त्रिभिः पवित्रैरपुपोद्ध्यर्कं हृदा मतिं ज्योतिरनु प्रजानन्। वर्षिष्ठं रत्नमकृत स्वधाभिरादिद्द्यावापृथिवी पर्यपश्यत्॥ ३.०२६.०८ Transliteration: tri̱bhiḥ ...
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Why was the epithet varAha (वराह) used for Rudra in Rig Veda I.114.5?

Rig Veda I.114.5 (dedicated to Rudra) says दि॒वो व॑रा॒हम॑रु॒षं क॑प॒र्दिनं॑ त्वे॒षं रू॒पं नम॑सा॒ नि ह्व॑यामहे । हस्ते॒ बिभ्र॑द् भेष॒जा वार्या॑णि॒ शर्म॒ वर्म॑ च्छ॒र्दिर॒स्मभ्यं॑ यंसत् ॥५॥ We call down ...
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Who is Krsanu in the Rig Veda?

In the Rig Veda, 1.155.2 it’s written yā martyāya pratidhīyamānamit kṛśānorasturasanāmuruṣyathaḥ || That which hath been directed well at mortal man, bow-armed Kṛśānu's arrow, ye turn far aside. ...
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What is the inner meaning of the phrase dark wombs (kṛṣṇayonīḥ) in the Rig Vedic mantra II.20.7?

Rig Veda II.20.7 says स वृ॑त्र॒हेन्द्र॑: कृ॒ष्णयो॑नीः पुरंद॒रो दासी॑रैरय॒द्वि । अज॑नय॒न्मन॑वे॒ क्षाम॒पश्च॑ स॒त्रा शंसं॒ यज॑मानस्य तूतोत् ॥७॥ sa vṛtrahendraḥ kṛṣṇayonīḥ purandaro dāsīrairayad vi | ...
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Was the creation of Earth story has roots in the Rig Veda or somewhere else?

Harivamsha in the mahAbharata - bhaviShyaparva Chapter 34 describes as to how viShNu takes varAha avatAra to lift the Earth from Netherworld There is a legend of creation in the Taittiriya Brahmana. ...
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Are there any references in Puranas to justify the deification of epithets, which is contrary to Rig Vedic principles?

Rig Veda II.1 states that there is only one Brahman, though attributed different epithets like Indra, Vishnu, Rudra, etc., to denote different actions of the same Almighty. The same was reiterated in ...
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How did the Puranas justify the deification of epithets, which is contrary to Rig Vedic principles, therefore, anti-Hindu or anti-Sanatana Dharma? [closed]

Rig Veda II.1 states that there is only one Brahman, though attributed different epithets like Indra, Vishnu, Rudra, etc., to denote different actions of the same Almighty. The same was reiterated in ...
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Where were Lakshmi & Narayana mentioned separately or together, as God Heads, in the Rig Veda?

In the wiki article, it was stated as follows: In terms of theology, Ramanujacharya puts forth the view that both the Supreme Goddess Lakshmi and Supreme God Narayana together constitute Brahman - ...
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Is there a scriptural base, from other than the Veda and Puranas, to indicate that the Battle of the Ten Kings occurred?

There is already a question existing - Timeline of the battle of the ten kings in the Vedas. However, there are no answers posted yet and my question is different. It was mentioned in this wikipedia ...
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Did the Battle of the Ten Kings really occur? [closed]

There is already a question existing - Timeline of the battle of the ten kings in the Vedas. However, there are no answers posted yet and my question is different. It was mentioned in this wikipedia ...
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What is the oldest commentary on the Vedas (Saṃhitās)?

What is the oldest commentary, extant or otherwise, ever written on the Saṃhitā portion of the Vedas? Assuming no commentary was written prior to 1000 A.D, what could be the reason for this? P.S. ...
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English translation of Dayananda Saraswati's commentary on RV X.85.45

Commenting on the wedding hymn, RV X.85, verse 45, and probably trying to establish a Vedic basis for niyoga, Swami Dayananda Saraswati appears to have made some controversial remarks. Is there an ...
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Goddess Ushas : references in the Vedas

Ushas (Marici for Buddhists) is the goddess of the dawn. What are the passages in the vedas where she is mentioned exactly?
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Context of the following stanza in Rig Veda?

In which context the following stanza has been mentioned in the Rig Veda Samhita (verse 10.16.5)? अव सर्ज पुनरग्ने पित्र्भ्यो यस्त आहुतश्चरतिस्वधाभिः | अयुर्वसान उप वेतु शेषः सं गछतान्तन्वा जा...
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contradiction between Nasadiya Sukta and Hiranyagarbha

I was going through the mentioned phrases of Rig Veda and got little confused in different points on creation. In Nasadiya it is mentioned that even creator might don't know about creation. on the ...
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Arya Samaj Translation of Vedas

I was looking at Arya Samaj’s translation of Vedas on onlineved.com and found that the Rig Veda is missing Mandala 7-10. Why is that? Also the way they cite the verses is quite different than the ...
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Why Nasadiya Sukta says even god himself might not know about creation?

Then even non-existence was not there, nor existence, There was no air then, nor the space beyond it. What covered it? Where was it? In whose keeping? Was there then cosmic fluid, in depths unfathomed?...
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Can anyone explain Rig Veda III.6.9 and how does it relate to chakras?

Here on page 95 the author states that According to the Vedas, there are Seven Chakras in each 'layer', of which consists of Three Worlds. But, there are 33 'Layers' of these Chakras, of which ...
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Rig Veda - can't find the right text -

Please take a look at this book. It reports many times pieces of the Rig Veda. For example on page 25. May the three-seated (tri-vandhura) and mentally-governed (manasa-yukta) come – spreading over ...
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Does Rig veda mention Madhvacharya as Vayu avatar?

Among Vedanta philosophies, Advait of Shankaracharya, Vishishtadvait of Ramanujacharya and Dvait of Madhvacharya are most famous and widely followed. Dvaitins believe Madhwa to be the avatar (...
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What are the three worlds in the Rig Veda

I was reading a book called 'Astronomical Myths:Myths of the Heavens' by John F. Blake and I came across this at Page 11-13: "Thus to the earth they gave the name P'RTHOVI, "the wide expanse;" ...
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Where in the Rig Veda are the 10 Upanishads?

Here it suggests there are 10 Upanishads embedded in the Rig Veda. I have scoured Google but have not found anything saying something like "The 10 Upanishads of the Rig Veda are located in Hymns #X, #...
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Why was Agni eulogised as Lord of slayers of VRITRA in Rig Veda III.16.1?

Rig Veda III.16.1, dedicated to AGNI, says: ayamaghniḥ suvīryasyeśe mahaḥ saubhaghasya | rāya īśe svapatyasya ghomata īśe vṛtrahathānām || The translation of this mantra by H.H. Wilson(P.12) is ...
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Was the list of Rishis associated with Rigvedic verses preserved with comparable accuracy with the verses themselves?

The actual verses were transmitted orally with elaborate precautions to prevent corruption over the generations. Is anything known as to how the names of the seers of various verses were memorized ...
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Saraswati Sooktam (Rigveda Samhitaa)

Good day, I am searching a good translation of the Saraswati Sooktam as per title, in English. Anyone has a good referral website ? As suggested , i copy here the text of this Suktam i found. ...
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Which Rig-Vedic Gods have spouses who are also mentioned in the Rig Veda Samhita?

Famous spouses Lakshmi and Parvati don't occur in Rig Veda Samhita, as far as I know. Which Gods also have their spouses mentioned in the Rg Veda Samhita?
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Rig veda and creation

does rig veda know how the universe came into being?does rig veda believe the universe is constantly cyclical?ıs there a parallel universe infinity?
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Was Ganga mentioned in Rig Veda VI.45.31 the river Ganga?

Rig Veda VI.45.31 says adhi bṛbuḥ paṇīnāṃ varṣiṣṭhe mūrdhannasthāt | uruḥ kakṣo na ghāṅghyaḥ || Brbu hath set himself above the Paṇis, o’er their highest head, Like the wide bush on Gangā'...
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Did Gautama, the Buddha borrow Śūnyavāda from Rig Veda?

Madhyamaka also known as Śūnyavāda (the emptiness doctrine) refers to a tradition of Buddhist philosophy. Rig Veda I.170.1 says na nūnamasti no śvaḥ kastad veda yadadbhutam | anyasyacittamabhi ...
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What is the mystery behind Sage Vāmadeva fighting with Indra?

According to Bṛhaddevatā, Indra, immediately on his birth, fought with Sage Vāmadeva for 10 days and nights. What is the mystery behind Sage Vāmadeva fighting with Indra?
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What is the basis for the story of rivalry between sage Viswamitra and sage Vasistha?

Sage Viswamitra was the composer of Mandala III of Rig Veda. the Aitareya Brahmana and Brihaddevata mentions Sage Viswamitra as the king turned Sage, having 101 sons. However, his rivalry with ...
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Are lord Ganesh ,Lord Subramanya Swamy and Lord Ayyappa are gods or demigods according to bhagavad geeta

Are lord Ganesh , lord subramanya Swamy and lord Ayyappa are gods are demigods according to bhagavad gita
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Is there any incarnation of Indra as per Rig Veda?

From Puranas, we will come across incarnations of Vishnu, Shiva, etc. I would like to know whether the Vedic God Indra took any incarnations, as per Rig Veda or commentaries on Rig Veda?
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What are the 21 meters known to Rig Vedic seers? [duplicate]

The known major Vedic meters are: Gāyatrī, Uṣṇih, Anuṣṭubh, Bṛhatī, Pankti, Triṣṭubh and Jagatī Rig Veda IV.1.16 narrates 21 meters/chandas, as known to the seers of Rig Veda. The Milch-cow's ...
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Was deed of Indra in demolishing the citadels of gold, silver, and iron, of Danavas, source for the story of destruction of 3 cities by Shiva?

The devata of Rigveda tenth mandala 47 and 48 suktas (hymns) is Indra Vaikuntha. This is not Vishnu but one of the incarnations of Lord Indra. He is named as Vaikuntha because of his mother Vikuntha, ...
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Are Vedas well-preserved or not?

Vedas, as we believe are words of God so they should be static, but, I think Rigveda has been corrupted. E.g., Nirukta 7:8 talks of a verse offering an oblation to Vishnu and Agni but the verse is not ...
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Can anyone clarify as to why this Rig Vedic mantra mentions Gods differently?

There was another question on the following topic. However, my question is different. Which shloka or scripture states that there are 33 crores of Hindu gods? Rig Veda III.20.5 ...
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Do the 3,339 Gods mentioned in Rig Veda III.9.9 indicate number of sages got wisdom before Viswamitra?

Rig Veda III.9.9 says trīṇi śatā trī sahasrāṇyaghniṃ triṃśacca devā navacāsaparyan | aukṣan ghṛtairastṛṇan barhirasmā ādid dhotāraṃ nyasādayanta || Three times a hundred Gods and thrice a ...
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Has monogamy or eka patni vrata, as followed by Sri Rama, origins in Vedic Culture?

Rig Veda III.7.4 says mahi tvāṣṭramūrjayantīrajuryaṃ stabhūyamānaṃ vahato vahanti | vyaṅghebhirdidyutānaḥ sadhastha ekāmiva rodasī ā viveśa || Translation of H.H. Wilson is as follows: The flowing ...
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How many forts of Shambara did Indra really destroy?

Why do these verses of Rigveda contradict each other on the number of Shambara's forts destroyed by Indra? How to reconcile these differences? 90 forts. Rig Veda 1.130.7 “For Pūru thou hast shattered,...

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