Questions tagged [rig-veda]

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

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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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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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What form did Vishnu take in the Battle of Ten Kings?

According to the Rig Veda Anukramani, the seer of Mandala 7 of the Rig Veda is the sage Vashishta, and in the following verse from Mandala 7, Vasishta addresses Vishnu: What was there to be blamed ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 is as ...
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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 in our ...
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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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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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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 an earlier ...
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What are four grades/stages or types of Vāk?

I've come across mention of four types of Vāni in several texts e.g., Ganapathi Atharvashisrsha, Saraswati Sukta, etc. One of the direct references is Rigveda 1.164.45: HYMN CLXIV. Viśvedevas. ...
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Was the Rig Veda organized into “Books” or “Mandalas” before it was written down?

I am reading on Wikipedia about how the Rig Veda was orally passed down "with unparalleled precision". And how it is divided into 10 books, with books 2-7 being the "family" books which are older and ...
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How the Rig Veda text was formatted originally when first codified into Sanskrit

The Rig Veda has formatting like this (with the | pipe characters): को अद्य युङकते धुरि गा रतस्य शिमीवतो भामिनो दुर्ह्र्णायून | असन्निषून हर्त्स्वसो मयोभून य एषां भर्त्यां रणधत स जीवात || क ...
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How did Vishnu help Indra in killing Vritra?

The Verse 6.20.2 of Rigved says that Indra 'leagued' with Vishnu to destroy Vritra: 2 Even as the power of Dyaus, to thee, O Indra, all Asura sway was by the Gods entrusted, When thou, Impetuous! ...
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Are Maruts sons of Sindhu or Pṛśni?

Rig Veda X.78.6 says that Maruts are sons of Sindhu. These noble sons of Sindhu are like grinding-stones, they are always like Soma-stones , tearing everything to pieces; these sons of a good ...
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Was the story of Great deluge taken from Rig Vedic mantras?

The story of Great deluge was narrated in Satapatha Brahmana , Bhagavata Purana and the Matsya Purana, as well as in the Mahabharata. However, I have found the following epithets from Rig Veda. Rig ...
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Who were Paravatas and Bṛsaya mentioned in the Rig Vedic mantras?

Rig Veda VI.61 describes elimination of Paravatas and Bṛsaya by Saraswati. 2 She with her might, like one who digs for lotus-stems, hath burst with her strong waves the ridges of the hills. Let us ...
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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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RIG VEDA Texts Question

I was listening to this beautiful video https://youtu.be/sMHeBEVnKL8 I found these parts : 1) Gananam Tva Ganapatim - from Rig Veda (2.23.1) 2) After that become : praNo devee saraswatee ...
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Rig Veda sayings about pest control

Wikipedia says that Rig Veda mentions about pest control. The Rig Veda, which is about 4,000 years old, mentions the use of poisonous plants for pest control. Which excerpt of Rig Veda talks ...
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Does the word Yoga appear in Rig Veda?

Does Rig Veda contain the word yoga or its synonyms explicitly? If not, then which among the four Vedas explicitly contains the word Yoga?
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Context and meaning for a rig veda mantra

Consider the following mantra from Rig Veda Aano bhadra krtavo yantu vishwatah In which context it has been told and what is the exact meaning and interpretation for it?
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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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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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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 ...