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

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Why is Nahusha's last name Manava?

Most people have only heard of the lunar dynasty king Yayati, who was cursed with old age by Sukracharya (guru of the Asuras) and temporarily regained his youth by giving his old age to his youngest ...
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Does this mantra in Rig Veda VII.76.4 indicate that earlier mandals were heard in ancient period?

Rig Veda VII.76.4 says as follows: They were the Gods’ companions at the banquet, the ancient sages true to Law Eternal. The Fathers found the light that lay in darkness, and with effectual ...
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Why did Purusha Sukta from Rig Veda contain mention about Yajur and Sama Vedas?

Consider the following mantra from Purusha Sukta 10.90.9 From that great general sacrifice Ṛcas and Sāma-hymns were born: Therefrom were spells and charms produced; the Yajus had its birth from ...
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Do Ushas and Kavya Usanas indicate one and the same epithet?

Ushas - उषस् - is a Vedic goddess of dawn in Hinduism. She is "consistently identified with dawn, revealing herself with the daily coming of light to the world, driving away oppressive darkness, ...
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Are there other interpretations of RV I.154 that confirm or refute Jiva Goswami's interpretation that the Supreme Abode of Vishnu is actually Goloka?

I was reading a commentary on Goloka by Jiva Goswami which led me to the Rig Veda Book 1, Hymn 154 that's dedicated to Lord Vishnu and ends with an exhortation to reach his Supreme abode: I WILL ...
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Is the pranava - om - mentioned in Vedas?

The Wikipedia states, in respect of the syllable om, as follows: The syllable Om is first mentioned in the Upanishads, the mystical texts associated with the Vedanta philosophy. Rig veda 1.164....
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Is there any link between Indra and Subrahmanya (Skanda)?

The following is from Rig Veda (VII.20.5) वर्षा जजान वर्षणं रणाय तमु चिन नारी नर्यं ससूव | पर यः सेनानीरध नर्भ्यो अस्तीनः सत्वा गवेषणः स धर्ष्णुः || A Bull begat the Bull for joy of ...
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Who is Kutsa and how did Indra beat him?

Book 4 Hymn 26 of the Rig Veda says begins with this verse: aham manur abhavaṃ sūryaś cāhaṃ kakṣīvāṃ ṛṣir asmi vipraḥ | ahaṃ kutsam ārjuneyaṃ ny ṝñje 'haṃ kavir uśanā paśyatā mā || I WAS ...
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Was Brihaspati mentioned in Rig Veda and Usana mentioned in Rig Veda and Bhagavadgita the same person?

Brihaspati was praised in Rig Veda as follows: गणानां तवा गणपतिं हवामहे कविं कवीनामुपमश्रवस्तमम | जयेष्ठराजं बरह्मणां बरह्मणस पत आ नः षर्ण्वन्नूतिभिः सीद सादनम || Rig Veda 2.23.1 WE ...
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Please help me understand the below passage from Rig veda

I found the passage on Wikipedia page of Samkhya(sankhya) Philosophy. Seven to the one-wheeled chariot yoke the Courser; bearing seven names the single Courser draws it. Three-naved the ...
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Who gave Vajra or thunderbolt to Indra - Dadhichi or Usana?

In puranas Dadhichi is primarily known for sacrificing his life so the Devas, or benevolent celestial beings, could make the weapon called "Vajra" from his bones. After being driven out from Svarga, ...
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Why is Surya referred to as Martanda?

Rig Veda Book 10 Verse 72 mentions a curious story about Surya's birth: 7 When, O ye Gods, like Yatis, ye caused all existing things to grow, Then ye brought Sūrya forward who was lying hidden in ...
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Is the purported “Buddhist Cosmology” found in the Vedas?

The Buddhist Pali suttas (the purported words of the Buddha Gotama) contain a "cosmology", which, in the Pali language, includes: Gods of the Four Great Kings: Cātumahārājikā Devā Gods of ...
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Does the word Purusha occur in the Rig Veda other than Purusha Suktam?

Purusha Suktam of Rig Veda contains the word "Purusha". However, I would like to know if the word Purusha can be found in any other Sukta other than this Purusha Sukta in the Rig Veda.
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Who were Varasikha and Abhyavartin Cayamana?

In Rig Veda (RV.6.27.4 & 5) it is described that Indra killed people of Varasikha and drove away VRcis in the aid of Abhyavartin Cayamana. Ralph T.H Griffith's translation follows :- 4 This one ...
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Do Vedas support the practice of Satī?

Are there any instances of Satī in the Vedas? Do Vedas support this practice? Some people argue RV 10.18.8 is evidence against Satī. What is the context of this hymn/verse? HYMN XVIII. Various ...
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Why does Adi Shankaracharya think Rig Veda 10.71.3 verse implies the Vedas are eternal?

As I discuss in this question, by far the most popular school of Hindu philosophy is the Vedanta school, which bases its tenets on the doctrines laid out in the Brahma Sutras, a work by the sage Vyasa ...
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Is English translation of Baskala Shaka available?

The vedas form the base of Hinduism.Rigveda the most oldest and important scripture of Hinduism has 5 parts as discussed in my previous question and I am interested most in the baskala Shaka. So I ...
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Is Baskala Shaka of Rig veda Authentic?

Vedas are the primary and oldest scriptures of Hinduism. Many sages wrote them and they are pure authentic and most sacred scriptures of Hinduism. Entire Hindu philosphy is based on them. The four ...
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Do RV 8.33.19 and 10.85.30 suggest women should wear a veil in the presence of men?

Some answers to What do Hindu scriptures say about women headscarf (hijab)? on Quora.com cite these verses from the Rigveda that seem to suggest Hindu women should wear a head veil: God made you ...
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Who was Arishtanemi?

I was watching lakshmi Narayan 1951 movie, Laxmi reincarnates on earth as bhuvan Mohini, while purandar indra and his enemy cousin Arishtanemi try to abduct her, then Arishtanemi with help of vritra, ...
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Are there any verses which pray for the birth of daughter in Vedas?

Prajāpati, Anumati, Sinivāli have ordered it. Elsewhere may he effect the birth of maids, but here prepare a boy.-Atharva Veda 6.11.3 There are especial hymns and verses in Vedas which pray for ...
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Does Rig Veda 3.30.4 say the Earth is immoveable?

Griffiths Translation: For, overthrowing what hath ne’er been shaken, thou goest forth alone destroying Vṛtras. For him who followeth thy Law the mountains and heaven and earth stand as if firmly ...
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Who are the dark-coloured inhabitants in this Rig Veda verse?

The Rig Veda has a verse that says: "Through fear of thee [Agni] the dark-coloured inhabitants fled, not waiting for battle, when, O Agni (fire) burning brightly for Puru, and destroying the cities,...
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Does Rig Veda 10.59.7 talk about rebirth?

Rig Veda 10.59.7 May Earth restore to us our vital spirit, may Heaven the Goddess and mid-air restore it. May Soma give us once again our body, and Pūṣan show the Path of peace and comfort. ...
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What does the word 'Asura' mean in the Vedas?

The Danavas and Daityas are referred to as Asuras in the Puranas but in The Vedas many Devas are also referred as Asuras. May the golden-handed, life-bestowing, well-guiding, exhilarating and ...
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What are the rules mentioned in vedas for people?

Samhitas do not mention dharma but rta what acts really supports rta according to vedic samhitas daily life, manners etc. Note:—please mention from rigveda and samaveda after that yajurveda and these ...
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Is there any commentary on the Battle of 10 kings mentioned in the Rig Veda?

Is there any commentary on the Battle of 10 kings mentioned in the Rig Veda Samhita? Like for example a commentary by Sayanacharya? Wikipedia says about him: His commentary on the Rigveda was ...
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Is the word &/or notion of “jāti” found in the Vedas?

In Buddhism, the word "jāti" is doctrinally very important. The fully enlightened Arhat Buddhists declare upon enlightenment: "Jati has ended". In Hinduism, "jati" is said to have the following ...
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Who is devi in devi suktam?

Is the goddess of devi suktam Durga? is she same as adi shakti, or is adi shakti the goddess of devi suktam different from Durga.
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What are eight Asthakas of Rigveda?

A Sanskrit book mentions that Rigveda is divided in 8 ashtakas and 10 mandalas. I am aware of mandalas but what are 8 asthakas of Rigveda?
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Rigveda verse after nocturnal emission in manusmriti

It is mentioned in Manusmriti in the 181th line that "A twice-born student, who has involuntarily wasted his manly strength during sleep, must bathe, worship the sun, and afterwards thrice mutter the ...
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What is the meaning/context of Rig Veda 10.149.1?

Rig Veda 10.149.1 reads; SAVITAR fixed the earth with bands to bind it, and made heaven stedfast where no prop supported. Savitar milked, as ’twere a restless courser, air, sea bound fast to ...
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How do Vaishnavas interpret the Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra?

Vaishnavas believe that only Lord Vishnu can grant Moksha. If that is the case, then how do they explain this mantra from the Rig Veda which clearly says that Lord Shiva can grant Moksha? Om ...
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Rama and Sita in the Vedas

(Rig Veda Mandala 10 Sukta 93 Verse 14) This to Duḥśīma Pṛthavāna have I sung, to Vena, Rama, to the nobles, and the King. They yoked five hundred, and their love of us was famed upon their ...
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What does this Rig Veda verse mean about the fivefold human race?

Rigveda Mandala 1 Sukta 12 Indra who rules with single sway men, riches, and the fivefold race of those who dwell upon the earth. What is fivefold race referring to? I think it's referring to ...
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Who is the deity of the Purusha Suktam according to different schools?

Who is the deity of the Purusha Suktam according to different schools? According to Vaishnavism, it is Vishnu: The Sukta gives an expression to immanence of radical unity in diversity and is ...
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Is Shiva's son Kartikeya the rishi of two hymns of the Rig Veda?

As I discuss in this answer, how the Vedas originated is that from time immemorial, sages known as Dhristas have heard sacred verses directly from the gods during a state of Tapasya (deep meditation). ...
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Not counting Purusha Sukta, what castes are mentioned in Rig Veda?

Brahmins are mentioned in connection with frogs and opinion is divided if they are being made fun of. Book 7 HYMN CIII. Frogs. THEY who lay quiet for a year, the Brahmans who fulfil their vows,...
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Why is the Rig Veda Samhita important? [closed]

Why is the Rig Veda Samhita important? Most of the Samhita praises Indra and talks about the Soma yajna, which no one does anymore today. The Smriti is more relevant today.
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Sadhya gods from Purusha Sukta vs other references

In the Purusha Suktam of Rig Veda 10.90 ‘Sadhya Santi devah’ Looks like refers to the Sadhya devas. There are other references to Sadhya devas in several Puranas. The list of Sadhya devas seems to be ...
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Does the word “Brahman” occur in the Rig Veda to denote the impersonal supreme principle?

Does the word "Brahman" occur in the Rig Veda to denote the impersonal supreme principle? If not, which scripture does it occur in first?
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What is name of tiger in vedic-age? Is he present in rig-veda?

What is name of tiger in vedic-age? Is he present in rig-veda? If no then only refrence other vedas and scriptures. UPDATE Is simha a word used for both tigers and lions in rig-veda and other ...
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Is the Dyaus mentioned in Vedas as Indra's father the same as the Vasu Dyaus?

According to Rig Ved Verse 1.164.33 Indra is born of Dyaus and Prithvi - the Sky Father & Earth Mother: 33 Dyaus is my Father, my begetter: kinship is here. This great earth is my kin and ...
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Is the Battle of 10 kings mentioned in the Puranas or Itihasas?

Do the Puranas or Itihasas talk about the Battle of 10 kings mentioned in the Rig Veda Samhita? Since this is a historical event, it might be mentioned in the Puranas.
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Did Indra kill his father by throwing him down from heaven?

This verse from Rigved Book 4, Hymn 18 alludes to Indra killing his own father! 4.18.12. Who was he then who made thy Mother widow? Who sought to stay thee lying still or moving? What God, when ...
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Rig Veda as the origin of modern numerical system

Rig Veda presents complete set of modern numerals ekam dvi tri catur panc sasti Sapt asta navam dash ekadash dvadash .....etc leading to sahastra (1000). Yet modern scholars hold that the ...
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What's the meaning of these verses of 'The Horse' hymn in RigVeda?

Here are the two verses in question from Rigveda Book 1 Hymn 163 यदक्रन्दः परथमं जायमान उद्यन समुद्रादुत वा पुरीषात | शयेनस्य पक्षा हरिणस्य बाहू उपस्तुत्यं महि जातं ते अर्वन || Here's the ...
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Is there a BORI critical edition of Rigveda available online?

BORI critical edition of Mahabharata is available online on sanskritdocuments.org This article on hindustantimes.com says that BORI has ancient manuscripts of Rigveda. Is there a BORI critical ...
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Where in the Rigveda do I find the hyms dedicated to Brihaspati?

I know that Brihaspati has 11 hyms dedicated to him in the Rigveda, but where to find them?