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

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Why wasn't one of the trinity identified as the "one" in Rig Veda 1 164 46?

They call him Indra, Mitra, Varuna, Agni, and he is heavenly nobly-winged Garutman. To what is One, sages give many a title they call it Agni, Yama, Matarisvan. The monotheistic interpretation (one ...
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Does any RigVedic God besides Indra fight the enemies of the Aryas - like Dasas,Dasyus et al?

Some citations from Rig Veda 1 100 18 He, much invoked, hath slain Dasyus and Śimyus, after his wont, and laid them low with arrows. The mighty Thunderer with his fair-complexioned friends won the ...
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If Sindhi God Jhulelal and Sapt Rishi Vasishtha are both children of Water God Varuna, then can decendendts of these two marry each other

Vashishta father was Varuna Sindhi God Jhulelal also came from Varuna. So if Vashishta and Jhulelal are both child of Varuna can descendants of Vashishta marry in a Sindhi family, or would it be ...
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The difference between Rig and Yajus chanting

There are primarily three Vedic (let’s call them) chanting styles viz. Rik, Yajus and Saman. The Rik is defined as: when there is a division into ‘pada’ – The Saman is defined as: when a mantra is ...
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What is the story of Sage Dadhyañca in the context of the RIg Veda?

Verses from Rig Veda, Mandala 2,3,4,5,6,7 would be prefered if the references exists in those books that is!
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Interpretation of Rigveda verse 1.164.31 according to Advaita Vedanta

While looking up for verses on the Rigveda Samhita, I stumbled upon the verse 1.164.31 on a blog which says this: अप॑श्यं गो॒पामनि॑पद्यमान॒मा च॒ परा॑ च प॒थिभि॒श्चर॑न्तम् । स स॒ध्रीची॒: स विषू॑ची॒र्वसा...
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Three mothers of Agni/Rudra; Tryambaka

Who are the three mothers, Tryambaka, of Agni/Rudra, and where are they mentioned in the Vedas?
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Rig veda 6.27.5

This is what Rig veda 6.27.5 says vadhīdindro varaśikhasya śeṣo.abhyāvartine cāyamānāya śikṣan | vṛcīvato yad dhariyūpīyāyāṃ han pūrve ardhe bhiyasāparo dart || Some claim that Hariyupiya refers to ...
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Any good source to teach my self Vedic Sanskrit?

Keep in mind, I'm talking about the archaic form of Sanskrit which is used in the Vedas, I have a desire to learn Vedic Sanskrit
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Are there any stotras for curing baldness or enhancing physical beauty

Yes I do know that this is a materialistic request but honestly some of us can’t shed the materialistic part of life that easily and I believe that our ancient yogis had an answer for everything in ...
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Are the Vedic Samhitas complete?

Patanjali's Mahabhashyam mentions that there existed 1131 Shakhas originally, each of whom taught a particular Brahmana and Aranyaka. In the present day, only around 12 of them exist, from this we can ...
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What is the Ancient Rig Vedic Rivalry with Vashishta Maharishi and Vishwamitra Maharishi

I'm referring to the Battle of 10 Kings and the rift caused between them due to the actions of King Sudas
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How to find the corresponding rik for a sama?

Does anyone have any (preferably online) resources to trace the ~1800 sama verses in the original rig veda?
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Is the River Sarasvati from Rig Veda Mandala 6 an Afghani River?

I've seen claims that apparently the oldest Sarasvati of Mandala 6 is actually from Afghanistan, how accurate is this claim?
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What are the Vasudeva, Bhagavata, and Narayana cults?

What are the Vasudeva, Bhagavata, and Narayana cults? What is the relation among them?
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Indra and Agni as Bṛhaspati/Brahmaṇaspati in Vedas

Why are Indra and Agni both regarded as Bṛhaspati in Rigveda 10.112.9 and 3.26.2, respectively? Rig-Veda 2.23.1 ग॒णानां॑ त्वा ग॒णप॑तिं हवामहे क॒विं क॑वी॒नामु॑प॒मश्र॑वस्तमं । ज्ये॒ष्ठ॒राजं॒ ब्रह्म॑णां ...
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About Vedic Heaven Deity Dyaus Pita

What can you tell me about Dyaus Pita? I've been researching him for an hour, ofc I've been aware of him for the past few months. In this verse from Mandala 4 of Rik, there is a mention of Dyaus Pita ...
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Does any manuscript provide guidance about what to do with spent up cows

The beauty of our sanatan is that we worship the nature. Cow worship is just an example of it. But now a days, after a cow becomes spent up, ( when the cow is not fit for breeding anymore) they're ...
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What is chakshumati vidya for healthy eyes?

I have heard that chakshumati vidya is good for curing eye problems and eye sight. I wish to know what is the origin of it and the details and procedure of chakshumati vidya, along with the stotra.
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Is the concept of one Ishwara present in Vedas? Authenticity and Ancientness of Purusha Sukta

The concept of Ishwara being one supreme being, Lord and God is used in Puranic and Modern Hinduism. But was such a concept present in Vedas or authentic Upanishads? This Wikipedia article says no ...
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How does the word 'Agni' acquire its traditional meaning as fire?

Literally, अग्नि = अंग् + नि, नलोपश्च। And the root verb अंग् means "to revolve". The meaning of the suffix नि , I couldn't find anywhere, and then suddenly we start associating अग्नि with ...
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Where is "Reality is one, though wise men speak of it variously." in the Rig Veda?

In "An Apology for Apologetics: A Study in the Logic of Interreligious Dialogue" by Paul J. Griffiths, Paul writes the following: The Rigveda, India's oldest collection of sacred texts, ...
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Is it True that Manu prohibited drinking liquor, even the Vedic juice of soma? [duplicate]

I've heard that Manu laid down strict rules for the prevention of drinking. He ruled that even a seller of soma, the stuff regarded as the holiest drink by Rig-Vedic gods, does Not deserve to attend ...
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Did devas, asuras and normal humans exist in the same world together during any time?

Also, I have read some versions stating that devas and asuras are not classified based upon races but classified based upon their behaviour. Why did asuras had to be perceived as evil people. I mean ...
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Does RgVeda support the view that Brahma, Vishnu, and Mahesh are names of the same Brahman the Absolute?

Why should Brahman the Absolute love to be called by three, and only three, different names? Do they Really love to be called so? Are Brahma, Vishnu & Mahesh names of the same God? Why should God ...
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How many are the RgVedic Devatas or gods in number? [duplicate]

We've heard of 33 crores of Devatas. We've heard of armed conflict between Devatas and Asuras. We've also heard of the RgVedic Brahman the Absolute claimed to be the True God the Almighty who's One ...
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What is the concept of the RgVedic 'Brahman' in true essence?

The RgVea has many gods: Indra, Agni, Vayu, Vishnu, etc. It also talks about a God the Absolute called ' Brahman '. What is this ' Brahman ' actually? Agni (fire)? Vayu (wind)? Or something else?
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Does the Vedic Sanatana dharma endorse the view that a cow deserves to be worshipped as the mother of humanity? [duplicate]

I've heard by the Vedic view, the birth as a human follows numerous births as beasts. A cow is a beast. Can a cow deserve the respect as the Mother of humanity? What's the True Vedic stance on this ...
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Can anyone please provide me with a link or pdf of rig veda khilani for reading online.?

I have been searching rig veda Khilani or khila (which are later additional hymns to rig veda including shri suktam) for so many days, but I couldn't find it. So can anyone please provide me with the ...
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Do Vedas and the Vedic dharma regard plants & trees as living beings? [duplicate]

Vedas and the Vedic dharma are very old. People of those days are Most unlikely to have any concept of microbes, embryos present in eggs, fruits, and plant seeds, etc. Naturally, the sensible mind ...
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Does Sanatana Dharma Endorse Animal Sacrifice? [duplicate]

I've heard in Vedic yajna, the sacrifice of animals was a must. Nevertheless, Vedic texts are riddled with contradictions. I've also heard of SrimadBhagavad Gita and Puranas which endorse animal ...
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What is the Vedic definition of Moksha?

I've heard sannyasa, the 4th Vedic ashrama, is meant for the attainment of moksha. Thus, the sannyasin is expected to go to a solitary mountain cave or a dense-forest retreat where he must get lost in ...
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What is the correct translation of rig veda 8:1:1?

Rig veda 8:1:1 मा चि॑द॒न्यद्वि शं॑सत॒ सखा॑यो॒ मा रि॑षण्यत । इन्द्र॒मित्स्तो॑ता॒ वृष॑णं॒ सचा॑ सु॒ते मुहु॑रु॒क्था च॑ शंसत ॥ महान् आत्मा ईश्वर को छोड़ के जो मूढ़ जड़ सूर्य्यादिकों की, मानवकल्पित वि...
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Isn't life according to Sanatana Dharma, the fruit of Sin and thus an endless sea of sorrow & suffering?

By the doctrine of KARMA that happens to be inseparable from the Vedic Sanatana dharma, good deeds lead to good life in the next life (after rebirth) while bad deeds lead to bad life in the next birth....
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Do Vedas forbid Sannyasa in Kali Yuga?

Someone told me that Brahma-vaivarta Purana & Krsna-jnama Khanda have this verse: asvamedham gavalambham sannyasam palapaitrkam devarena sutopattim kalau panca vivarjayet The above verse seems to ...
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Which Vedic ashrama is compulsory for all Sanatanis?

We know of four Vedic ashramas: Brahmacharya, Grihastha, Vanaprastha & Sannyasa. Of these, only the 2nd one (Grihastha) seems to be meant for all varnas. The first, the third, and the fourth ones ...
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Do any Veda take about expanding universe? [closed]

Does Rig Veda or any Veda say about expanding the universe?
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What is the explanation for Rigveda 5.2.11?

As a skilled craftsman makes a car, a singer I, Mighty One! this hymn for thee have fashioned. If thou, O Agni, God, accept it gladly, may we obtain thereby the heavenly Waters". – (Rigveda 5.2....
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Why Krishna Yajur Veda 7.1.1.5 is contrdicting RV 10:53:4?

Krishna Yajur Veda 7.1.1.5 prohibit a shudra to perform sacrifice. was created, the Vairaja Saman, of men the Çudra, of cattle the horse. Therefore the two, the horse and the Çudra, are dependent on ...
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Is Rigveda 6:72:1 asking to kill blashempers?

Rigveda 6:72:1. GREAT is this might of yours, Indra and Soma: the first high exploits were your own achievements. Ye found the Sun ye found the light of heaven: ye killed all darkness and the Gods' ...
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Is Rigveda 10:138:4 is asking to kill Non Hindus?

अनाधृष्टानि धृषितो व्यास्यन्निधीँरदेवाँ अमृणदयास्यः । मासेव सूर्यो वसु पुर्यमा ददे गृणानः शत्रूँरशृणाद्विरुक्मता॥४॥ He boldly cast down forts which none had e'er assailed: unwearied he destroycd the ...
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does the RigVedic verse "Ekam sat vipra bahudha vadanti" refer to impersonal Brahman?

Ṛg Veda 1.164.46 इन्द्रं॑ मि॒त्रं वरु॑णम॒ग्निमा॑हु॒रथो॑ दि॒व्यः स सु॑प॒र्णो ग॒रुत्मा॑न् । एकं॒ सद्विप्रा॑ बहु॒धा व॑दन्त्य॒ग्निं य॒मं मा॑त॒रिश्वा॑नमाहुः ॥४६॥ Sat is grammatically neuter: सत् n. that ...
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Which RigVedic deities have a parentage in the RigVeda itself?

Later scriptures have given geneologies to RigVedic deities who have no parentage in the RigVeda. I am asking about one rigVedic deity giving birth to another.
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Is a complete count of rigvedic riks by devata available?

Deity ┃ No. of Mantra ┃ ┣━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━╋━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━┫ ┃ Agni ┃ 2013 ┃ ┣━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━╋━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━┫ ┃ Indra ┃ 2862 ┃ ┣━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━...
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Were ancient Hindu polytheists?

Only looking for Ancient Shastras and Agamic or Tantra or Rig Vedaic based on answers. Pre-Vedic based question. For Ancient History of Sanatana Dharma Students and Scholars. 1.Where Hindu and can ...
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Is there a list/book of all Mantras, their Rishis/seers & the Dieties corresponding to each? [closed]

Is there a list or collection of all mantras, their rishis & their deities ?
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Is there any difference between rig veda and rig ved samhita

Is there any difference between rig veda and rig ved samhita. Can you explain the difference and what is samhita.
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Is the word 'Jati' in the sense of caste used anywhere in Vedas?

I have read the word 'Jati' used in Nirukta XII,13 Krishna Jatiya (Black by birth) in the later Vedic literature. And also Dr. Ambedkar pointed out the word Jati has used even in Atharva Veda by ...
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Where does this phrase "Bahujana sukhaya bahujana hitaya cha" appear?

This wiki article mentions it as an aphorism enunciated in Rigveda. Is this phrase a part of a verse in the rigveda? Does rigveda mention any verse that conveys the same meaning and is same in ...
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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 अञ्जिषु॑ प्रि॒या उ॒त । आ॒सद्या॑ ब॒र्हिर्भ॑रतस्य सूनवः पो॒त्रादा सोमं॑ पिबता दिवो नरः ॥ yajñáiḥ ...
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