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

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What is the intention of the following Rigvedic verse to the Spirit

Rig Veda Book - 10 Hymn 58 is dedicated to Maanas which Griffith translates as Spirit. I am sharing the mantras here: 1 THY spirit, that went far away to Yama to Vivasvān's Son, We cause to ...
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Did saraswati/savitri slay vritra or vetra according to rigveda?

According to wikipedia article of Vritra - In one verse of a Rig-Vedic hymn eulogising Sarasvati, she is portrayed as the one who slayed Vritra. Mention of this occurs nowhere else. The verse the ...
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Why did Indra flee after slaying Vritra and why did he cook dog meat?

Rigveda I.32 gives a detailed account of famous Indra and Vritra battle. After killing Vritra and his mother Danu, however, Indra flees the battle scene. I.32 Whom did you see, Indra, as the ...
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Why is Indra known as Vaikuntha in some Rigvedic verses?

Rig Veda Book 10 Verse 48 refers to Indra as Indra Vaikuntha. From what I understand, Vaikuntha was also the name of an incarnation of Lord Vishnu in the Raivat Manvantar though the Indra then was ...
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Is Om namah shivaya mantra in Atharva Veda , SamaVeda or RigVeda? [duplicate]

If Om Namah Shivaya given in AtharvaVeda, SamaVeda or Rig Veda then please share the verse.
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Who are the Havirdhanas mentioned in RIgveda?

Rigveda Book 10 Verse 13 is devoted to the Havirdhanas and goes something like this: I yoke with prayer your ancient inspiration: may the laud rise as on the prince's pathway. All Sons of ...
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Is it possible to present an unified form of hinduism keeping RigVeda as a single source? [closed]

RigVeda is a single source of our great antiquity and still it is not fully revealed. We often quote from it as authentic as we have a complete understanding of RigVeda. But truth is that we have only ...
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Is a neutral person in a religious war equal to enemy, according to GITA?

Is a neutral person in a religious war equal to enemy, according to GITA?
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In what ways vedas give equal respect to women?

Hindu texts present diverse and conflicting views on the position of women, ranging from feminine leadership as the highest goddess, to limiting her role to an obedient daughter, housewife and mother. ...
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What are benefits of samvada sookta?

Sookta are generally for some particular purpose. What are the benefits of samvada sookta ?
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Why are parts of Rig Veda repeated in the other Vedas? [duplicate]

If other Vedas have repeated and expounded upon Rig Veda, why read all four Vedas? Isn't Rig Veda enough?
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What translations of Rig Veda (preferably into English) other than Griffith's are online?

Rig Veda is a very difficult text and it is always better to have different translations to compare.
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Does Rig Veda declare Gods to be immortal?

There may be some poetic descriptions of Soma conferring immortality - but are the Gods explicitly declared to be immortal in Rig Veda?
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Is the concept of sin (papa) developed in Rig Veda?

By the time of Shatapatha Brahmana incest had become taboo. But in the Rig Veda, Pusan is said to be the wooer of his mother and the lover of his sister Dawn. Did the concept of sin only develop ...
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Did the divine architect Vishwakarma cause the Earth to submerge?

Vishwakarma, AKA Tvashta, is the architect of the gods. He built, among other things, Indra's city of Amaravati, Krishna's city of Dwaraka, and Ravana's city of Lanka. His daughter Sanjana married ...
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Which Vaishnavite sects claim all Gods in Rig Veda refer ultimately to Vishnu and what are their arguments?

I have seen these arguments in bits and pieces and nothing makes sense. Additionally, how do they reconcile their arguments in the context of Brahma Vaivarta Purana which says Vishnu, Narayana, Siva ...
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Are there any half-man half-beast creatures in Rig Veda?

I think these conceptions occur only in Puranas.
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Is there any mention of the Mahamrityunjay Mantra in the Puranas?

The Mahamrityunjay Mantra is a famous verse found in the Rig Veda which glorifies a "three-eyed deity". According to Shaivites, the mantra refers to Lord Shiva whereas Vaishnavas believe it to be ...
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Who else besides Vishnu achieves the “paramam padam” in Rig Veda?

For one, Apam Napat is also said to achieve it in 2 35 14 From Sanskrit documents.org a̱sminpa̱de pa̍ra̱me ta̍sthi̱vāṁsa̍madhva̱smabhi̍rvi̱śvahā̍ dīdi̱vāṁsa̍m | āpo̱ naptre̍ ghṛ̱tamanna̱ṁ ...
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Is there any connection between Vishnu and Rudra in Rigveda?

Does the two deities ever interact or ever mentioned together anywhere in Rigveda?
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Can anyone recommend a great Rig Veda with transliteration?

Spiritual classics seem to be translated either by scholars or practicing ascetics. Can anyone recommend a great Rig Veda translated by someone with rich spiritual insight (as opposed to dry ...
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Is Sage Panini related to Panis?

Sage Panini was a great grammarian of Ancient India. There is a word mentioned in Rig-Veda, Pani, which means different things according to the context. One of the meanings (albeit in later sources) ...
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What are the basic facts and summary of what the Rigveda is about?

I'd like to know more about the ancient book Rigveda. However, I think I need some basic information on this book first before I start to read it - so any shortcuts on what would be some good ...
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Value of Yojana in Sayana's commentary on Rig Veda

In his commentary on Rig-Veda, Sayana has talked about speed of light in terms of "Yojana". Historically, this term has had many different interpretations as described here. So what was the value of ...
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Which are the 10 tribes that participated in Dasrajna (War of 10 Kings)?

As per my understanding, Dasrajna war was a real event during the Rigvedic period. Is there any information as to which were the 10 tribes that participated in it and their modern geographic origins?
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How did the powers of Gods change from Rig Veda to the puranas?

In particular, I am interested in mobility and war making. Puranas depict supernatural mobility (flying machines with no energy-source mentioned, Hanuman, Kartikeya going round the world, varaha ...
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Are animals depicted as talking in Rig Veda outside of mandala X?

In Ramayana, hanuman speaks chaste Sanskrit to Sita. Jambavan, jatayu et al are also able to talk. As far as I know this is a post-rigvedic development. An Indo-European parallel is Hector's horse ...
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Do all Vedic mantras start with “hari om”?

I've seen Sri sukta starting with hari om, do other mantras of vedas also start with "hari om" Does it have another meaning.
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What is the relation of Saraswati (Vak) with the River Saraswati and Trinity or Brahman?

What is the relation or connection of Saraswati (Vak - Vani) with the River Saraswati and with the Hindu Trinity or Brahman?
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What is the relation of Surya & Yama with Agni?

Rig Veda Book 10, Hymn 21 is dedicated to Agni and mentions the following: 4 O Agni, what thou deemest wealth, Victorious and Immortal One! Bring thou to give us vigour,—at your glad carouse -...
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Is there a scriptural statement anywhere elevating Rig Veda Samhita over the rest of Shruti?

From what I understand there is a lot of overlap between Rig Veda Samhita and the other Vedas. Atharva Veda is considered a late addition to the Vedic corpus. At least linguistically, Rig Veda ...
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Which rig Vedic verses are repeated in atharva Veda?

Atharva Veda has 6th of its verses borowed from rigveda, are there books which deal was to which verses are repeated in atharva Veda?
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Does rig-vedic Mitra occur in post rig-vedic works, especially epics and puranas?

Mitra is largely paired with varuna in rig veda but is also praised separately. Vishnu takes his three steps by the laws of Mitra. He is also praised as "he supports all the gods".
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Are any boons/curses issued in Rig Veda?

The poets pray for cattle and so forth and pray to rudra not to harm them but there doesn't seem to be boons and curses recorded in rig veda. One would think boons and curses would be mostly epic/...
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Is Indra the chief god of the Vedas?

While some puranas describe Indra as a devotee of Lord Vishnu or other gods, the Vedas, in contrast depict Lord Indra as the most important gods. This is visible across the length and breadth of the ...
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Do Rigveda samhita mention himalyas and mount-kailasha?

Do Rigveda samhita mention Himalayas? or the Himalayan range? Vedas mention Kailasa as adobe of lord Rudra in Yajurveda but does the Rigveda mention 1. Himalayas 2. Mount Kailasa (as in Yajurveda ...
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Is there a list of corresponding hymns between the Rig and Sama Vedas?

I've been deeply researching Hinduism as of late, and recently have been learning about the Samaveda, it's distinctions from the Rigveda and it's overall purpose. A thought recently came to me: The ...
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What does the recitation at the beginning of this sukta say? (RV I.32)

What does the recitation at the beginning of this sukta say? Edit: What does it say in the video, Before rishi, Chanda and devata? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUnywXQ6a5M This is Rig Veda, ...
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Vishwamitra & Indra were enemies so why does the Brahmarishi sing verses in praise of Indra?

The entire story of Vishwamitra's ascension to Brahmarishi status is dotted with his conflicts with Devas especially Indra. Indra sent Menaka to disturb the rishi's penance and the Satyavrat episode ...
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Who is the Rig Vedic god Manyu who resembles Indra?

Rig Veda Book 10 Verse 83 mentions someone called Manyu while describing the exploits of Indra: HE who hath reverenced thee, Manyu, destructive bolt, breeds for himself forthwith all conquering ...
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Why deities are called asuras in rig-veda why it became a symbol of demons in post-rigvedic period?

Why deities are called asuras in rig-veda why it became a symbol of demons in post-rigvedic period? 7 He, strong of wing, hath lightened up the regions, deep-quivering Asura, the gentle Leader....
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Who is the god Tvashtar?

Who is Tvashtar deva? Is he Lord Ganesha? This is from reference to Rigveda where they wrote :Sukta 13, verse 132 Eha tvashtarmagriyam Vishwaroopamupaya Hraye | Asmakmastu kevalah || Meaning: (...
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Who are the Ribhus?

Wikipedia mentions this about the Ribhus: Ribhus are depicted in some legends of the Vedic literature as three sons of the goddess of morning light named Saranyu and Hindu god Indra. In other ...
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Why did Tvastar, the father of Vritra fashion the Vajra that killed his own son?

The Shatpatha Brahmana states that Vritra was created by Tvastar to avenge the killing of Trisiras by Indra. However, many verses in RV call Tvastar the creator of Vajra for example Rigved 1.32.1 says:...
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What is the story of Indra, Kutsa & the Gandharva?

Rigveda Book 8 Hymn 1 mentions the following: 11 When Sūra wounded Etaśa, with Vāta's rolling winged car. Indra bore Kutsa Ārjuneya off, and mocked Gandharva. the unconquered One. 12 He ...
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Why did Ghosha's personal prayer become part of RigVeda?

from wikipedia : Ghosha was born during the Vedic period in India. Her father was Kakshivat and grandfather was Dīrghatamas and both of them had written hymns in the Rigveda. She was suffering from a ...
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Who are the demonic beings called Yatudhanas?

This verse of Rigveda mentions a class of beings called Yatudhanas: I balm with oil the mighty Rakṣas-slayer; to the most famous Friend I come for shelter Enkindled, sharpened by our rites, ...
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Was Indra born from his mother's side and did she die in child-birth?

Rig Ved Book 4 Hymn 18 is really interesting. It begins with the following declaration (quoting from the Griffith translation): THIS is the ancient and accepted pathway by which all Gods have ...
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How come Tvasta did a Yajna to kill Indra by praising Indra Himself?

In Rigveda, Tvashta performed a Yajna to kill Indra after he got to know that his son Visvaroopa was killed by Indra. This yajna ensued birth of demon Vritra. In Yajna a sacrificer recites some verse ...
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What is Soma? Is it a drink or a metaphor for spiritual bliss or both? [duplicate]

The whole Mandala 9 of Rig-Veda is devoted to the Soma. My question set is as follows. What is Soma? What is its importance? Are there both interior as well as exterior somas? I've read about ...