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

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Was Sarama's crossing RasA of 100 leagues, an inspiration to Valmiki in narrating Sri Hanuman crossing ocean of 100 Yojanas?

Rig Veda X.108 contains a dialogue between Saramā, the messenger of Indra, and Paṇis. The contents are briefly as follows : Indra's messenger Sarama finds the way to the Panis, crossing RasA of ...
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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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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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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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Did Agni take incarnation among men as per Rig Veda II.4.2?

Rig Veda II.4 is dedicated to Agni. RV II.4.2 says as follows: इमं विधन्तो अपां सधस्थे दवितादधुर्भ्र्गवो विक्ष्वायोः | एष विश्वान्यभ्यस्तु भूमा देवानामग्निररतिर्जीराश्वः || Translation of H.H. ...
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Wherein Aithreya Brahmana of Rig Veda has the word “Telugu”?

The Etymology of Telugu is believed to be derived from word "TRILINGA" or Trilinga Kshetras. Those three Shiva Temples are Kaleswaram, Bhimeswarama and Srisailam. With time Trilinga became Tenugu ...
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Any reason for calling people, who had undergone Upanayana samskara without realisation, as dwija?

Rig Veda 8.6.10 says I from my Father have received deep knowledge of the Holy Law I was born like unto the Sun. If we ponder over deeply, we can understand that it is talking about spiritual ...
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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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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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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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Was worship of 3 times mentioned in Rig Veda III.4.2, a precursor to performing of Sandhyavandana 3 times a day?

Rig Veda III.4.2, dedicated to Āprīs, says as follows: यं देवासस्त्रिरहन्नायजन्ते दिवे-दिवे वरुणो मित्रो अग्निः | सेमं यज्ञं मधुमन्तं कर्धी नस्तनूनपाद घर्तयोनिं विधन्तम || yaṃ ...
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Did the composer of Bhagavatam take a clue from the Rig Vedic Hymn, in describing Prahlada's praising of Narasimha?

In another answer to a question on Indra Vaikuntha (Rig Veda X.47), it was stated as follows: There was an Āsuri, daughter of Prajāpati, Vikunthā by name. She, desiring a son like Indra, ...
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What does it mean when it's said that an entire Vedic Sukta was revealed to the Saptarishis?

From Wiki: The earliest list of the Seven Rishis is given by Jaiminiya Brahmana 2.218-221: Agastya, Atri, Bhardwaja, Gautam, Jamadagni, Vasistha and Vishvamitra followed by Brihadaranyaka ...
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Did Vishnu or Varuna measure out the Earth?

The Rigveda mentions in several places that Vishnu measured out the Earth: Rigveda 1.154.1–3 1 "I will declare the mighty deeds of Viṣṇu, of him who measured out the earthly regions, Who ...
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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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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 ...
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What is the colour of Soma?

I want to know the exact colour of soma as per Vedas. Many verses of Vedas contradict each other in this topic. What is the colour of Soma? Greenish Rig Veda 9.25.1 “Green-hued! as one who giveth ...
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Who is the divine horse Dadhikras mentioned in the Rigveda?

Rig Veda Book 4 has certain hymns dedicated to a Dadhikri/Dadhikras that talk about the great speed and agility of this divine horse: 1 FROM you two came the gifts in days aforetime which ...
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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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Was the act of Indra in turning the direction of Sindhu towards North (Rig veda II.15.6) historical or spiritual? [closed]

Rig veda II.15.6 says सोदञ्चं सिन्धुमरिणान महित्वा वज्रेणान उषसः सं पिपेष | अजवसो जविनीभिर्विव्र्श्चन सो... || sodañcaṃ sindhumariṇān mahitvā vajreṇāna uṣasaḥ saṃ pipeṣa | ajavaso ...
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Who are the 5 terrestrial Rishies that were mentioned in Rig Veda II.34.14?

Rig Veda II.34.14, dedicated to Maruts, narrates briefly about 5 terrestrial rishies तानियानो महि वरूथमूतय उप घेदेना नमसा गर्णीमसि | तरितो न यान पञ्च होतॄनभिष्टय आववर्तदवराञ्चक्रियावसे || ...
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How can I worship Dyaus the Sky god?

I can't find any specific hymns dedicated to him in the Rigveda. Are there any mantras or richas dedicated to him in our Shastra?
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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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Why Rig Veda II.7.5 says that Agni was the descendant of Bharata?

Rig Veda II.7.5 says as follows: तवं नो असि भारताग्ने वशाभिरुक्षभिः | अष्टापदीभिराहुतः || Translation of H.H. Wilson is as follows: AGNI. descendant of Bharata, thou art entirely ours, when ...
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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 ...
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Who was the Manu that Rig Veda referring to?

Rig Veda II.10.6 says जञेया भागं सहसानो वरेण तवादूतासो मनुवद वदेम | अनूनमग्निं जुह्वा वचस्या मधुप्र्चं धनसाजोहवीमि || jñeyā bhāghaṃ sahasāno vareṇa tvādūtāso manuvad vadema | anūnamaghniṃ ...
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Are some richas in Rigveda dedicated to Vishnu from Adityas and not from Trinity?

Vishnu is in Adityas (sons of Aditi) too. Bhagavad Gita 10.21 आदित्यानामहं विष्णुर्ज्योतिषां रविरंशुमान्। मरीचिर्मरुतामस्मि नक्षत्राणामहं शशी।।10.21।। Of the sons of Aditi, I am Vishnu; of ...
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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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What is the meaning of brAhmana, as mentioned in Rig Veda II.36.5?

Rig Veda II.36.5 says eṣa sya te tanvo nṛmṇavardhanaḥ saha ojaḥ pradivi bāhvorhitaḥ | tubhyaṃ suto maghavan tubhyamābhṛtastvamasya brāhmanādā tṛpat piba || Translation of Ralph T.H. Griffith ...
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Is Mount Meru described in Rigveda?

There is controversy created on this issue now on social media, some people saying that it's described in Rigveda, while others not. So, is it really described in any verse of Rigveda ?
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Do Vedas mention the various people holding the title of Manu?

Many people would be aware that Manu, like Indra, is not the name of a person but a title that is passed on to different people from time to time (to be specific, after a Manvantar). It is also ...
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Was it really Indra who killed Trishiras or was it someone called Trita?

Indra is described as having killed Trishiras and in revenge Tvastar created Vritra who was also slayed by Indra. But few verse from the Vedas mention someone else as the slayer of Trisiras: Rig Ved ...
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Why the poet said in plural form in Rig Veda VII.91.7?

Rig veda VII.91.7 says : अर्व॑न्तो॒ न श्रव॑सो॒ भिक्ष॑माणा इन्द्रवा॒यू सु॑ष्टु॒तिभि॒र्वसि॑ष्ठाः । वा॒ज॒यन्त॒: स्वव॑से हुवेम यू॒यं पा॑त स्व॒स्तिभि॒: सदा॑ नः ॥७॥ We, VASISHTHAS, (bearing ...
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Had the worship of GOD been changed from 2 times to 3 times a day in the ancient Rig vedic period?

Rig Veda II.8.3,composed by the sage from Bhrigu family, eulogises AGNI as follows: य उ शरिया दमेष्वा दोषोषसि परशस्यते | यस्य वरतं न मीयते || Who for his glory is extolled at eve and morning ...
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Is there any sukta in Rigveda containing 16 richas and starting with the word“Indra”?

There is a chapter called Rigvidhana in Agnipurana in which it is mentioned that if the aforementioned 16 Richas are chanted daily then one is blessed with intelligence, friends and fulfillment of ...
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What are the 360 forms/names of the Youth mentioned in Rig Veda I.155.6?

Rig Veda I.155 is dedicated to Indra/Vishnu. Rig Veda I.155.6 says as follows: चतुर्भिः साकं नवतिं च नामभिश्चक्रं न वर्त्तं वयतीन्रवीविपत | बर्हच्छरीरो विमिमान रक्वभिर्युवाकुमारः परत्येत्याहवम ||...
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Rig Veda 1-114 final part

In Rig Veda 1-114 imā rudrāya tavase kapardine kṣayadvīrāya pra bharāmahe matīḥ | yathā śamasad dvipade catuṣpade viśvaṃ puṣṭaṃghrāme asminnanāturam || mṛḷā no rudrota no mayas kṛdhi ...
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Story of Bhujyu

Rigveda alludes a story of Bhujyu who happened to be a son of king Tugra. The king got to know about some enemies planning to attack his kingdom so he sent Bhujyu along with his few confederates on a ...
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If purusha, prakriti and parmeshwar are eternal, did god not create them?

Once a Christian asked me this question that the Vedic deities did not create anything, because Hindu scriptures say that purusha(soul) and prakriti (matter) are eternal like god. Mahrishi Dayand ...
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If Rigveda is often believed to be a still mostly undeciphered text , then how come there're still translations of it openly available?

If its really as tough to translate or understand as some say because of its archaic sanskrit, then how so many people, including some foreigners have translated it in english ?
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Does the story about Ṛbhus indicate practice of religious rituals other than Spirituality in Vedic era?

Rig veda I.110 says about Ṛbhus When, seeking your enjoyment onward from afar, ye, certain of my kinsmen, wandered on your way, Sons of Sudhanvan, after your long journeying, ye came unto the home of ...
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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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Who are the 7 sisters of Saraswati mentioned in Rig Veda?

Rig Veda VI.61.12 says Seven-sistered, sprung from threefold source, the Five Tribes' prosperer, she must be Invoked in every deed of might. At another mantra in Rig Veda, seven rivers - सप्त सि...
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Which are the seven rivers of the Saptasindhu?

The land where the bulk of the Rig Veda was composed is called Saptasindhu or Saptasaindhava. Avestan sources refer to the hapta-hindu. Is the term used after Rig Veda and is there a unique list of ...
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Translation of Rig Veda by an Indian author

To extend my question here, I am looking for a translation of the Rig Veda by an Indian author. A translation either in English or Hindi would do. I found one in Hindi by Ramgovind Trivedi, but it is ...
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Why is Ramayana called the adi-kavya (first poem) and not Rig Veda?

Why is Ramayana called the adi-kavya (first poem) and not Rig Veda? As I understand Rig Veda also consist of poems and since Rig Veda is older than Ramayana, shouldn't it be called the first poem?
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Why is the Vedic Indra so different from the Puranic Indra?

Vedas glorify Indra as a hero but most Puraans show him in a bad light? For example: Indra's cheating Vritra after befriending him Indra's killing of Namuchi The Ahalya episode Indra ...
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What is the inner/esoteric meaning of the this Rig Vedic verse?

Rig Veda 10.72.2 says as follows: बरह्मणस पतिरेता सं कर्मार इवाधमत | देवानाम्पूर्व्ये युगे.असतः सदजायत || These Brahmaṇaspati produced with blast and smelting, like a Smith, Existence, in ...
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Who is Soma in this mantra from Rigveda?

Somah pavate janita matinam janita divo janita prthivyah Janitaghnerjanita suryasya janitendrasya janitota vishnoh (Rigveda 9.96.5). Who was Soma in this shloka? Is it Rudra or someone else?