Questions tagged [rig-veda]

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

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Does Rig Veda talk about Vishnu using weapons?

There is very little anthropomorphic description of Vishnu in the Rig Veda. He assists Indra in his battles, but it is not clear if he himself is depicted as fighting.
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Does Rig Veda anywhere say that Vishnu is the mightiest? [duplicate]

As far as I can tell, in the Rig Veda, Indra,Rudra Agni Soma have been extolled as the mightiest, separately (what westerners call henotheism). It is not even clear if Vishnu in the rig veda is ...
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Is this true that Gods can not make their own food?

One of the main process of yajna is to prepare food to be offered to a particular deity which is known as havi. I have read somewhere that in order to maintain balance as being immortals the Gods can ...
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Why Agni is called 'twice born' in Rigveda?

Agni is called twice born in RigVeda abhi dvi janma tri rochanani vishva rajansi shushuchano asthat | hota yajistho apam sadhaste".(RV.1.149.4) - Griffith translates as -'He, doubly born, hath ...
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Did Indra kill his step-mother Danu, the mother of Danavs?

Like Aditi, the mother of Adityas (including Indra), Danu is one of the wives of Kashyap Rishi who is the mother of Danavs. This Rigvedic Verse that describes the killing of the dragon Vritra by Indra ...
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Are 'Magh' and 'Ang' tribes of RigVeda?

There are various tribes of RigVeda is described in later scriptures but none of them mentions Ang and Magh as RigVedic tribe. Most of the scriptures mentions Maghadh (whose inhabitants are called ...
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Who is Indra's friend Vrishakapi whom Shachi doesn't like?

Indra is mostly portrayed as a warrior in the Vedas but there is one verse that talks about his domestic troubles in a rather human fashion. Rig Ved verse 10.86 gives us this interesting story where ...
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what is the story of Krishanu the archer?

Rigveda alludes a story where a falcon steals Soma from the heaven and gives it the Manu/Indra for sacrificial purpose. The Soma is guarded by fortification and it is protected by an archer name ...
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Relation of Sage Vashist with Puskar of Rajastan

The RigVedic hymn RV.7.33 (11) seems to state that Vishvedevah had given Puskar to the sage Vashist. 1. Is it the same present day Puskar located in Rajasthan? 2. Is there any memory associated ...
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Who were the witches whom Indra crushed to death?

Rigved Verse 1.133 mentions this curious story: WITH sacrifice I purge both earth and heaven: I burn up great she-fiends who serve not Indra, Where throttled by thy hand the foes were ...
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Why Mitra and Varuna devas are also called Rudras In Rig veda book 5 hymn 70?

Mitra and Varuna devas are adityas,which is considered different group from Rudras,While Rig Veda book 5 hymn 70 calls Them Rudras.Is it there a specific Reason or they have compared them both to ...
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Could anyone tell me what verse is being recited in the video?

In Ramanada Sagar's adaptation of the Ramayana whenever some yajna is performed, I can hear background recital of some verses which is repeated again and again. In the below video, at ~18:10 mins ...
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Could any one describe what is maya?

In Rigveda, Varun is a possessor of Maya and RV praise his Maya in many of the verse: V 85 (5-6): imām ū ṣv ṛsurasya śrutasya mahīm māyāṃ varuṇasya pra vocam | māneneva tasthivāṃ antarikṣe vi ...
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What is the story of the 90 horses of Vishnu?

As you can see in the Rig Veda Anukramani I provided in this answer, verses 4-6 of Rig Veda Book 1 Hymn 155 are addressed to Vishnu. Here they are: We laud this manly power of him the Mighty ...
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What is the “ancient statute” referred to in the Rig Veda?

Soma is a drink, derived from a plant that's now unknown, that played an crucially important role in Vedic ritual; the Soma Yagna, in which Soma was offered to the gods, is extensively discussed in ...
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Artificial Limb Transplant ( Prothesis) in Rig-Veda?

In medicine, a  Prosthesis , is an artificial device that replaces a missing body part lost through trauma, disease, or congenital conditions. prosthetics is simply replacement of missing limbs. My ...
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Is the Anukramani index of sages and deities of the Rig Veda available online?

As I discuss in this answer, how the Vedas originated is that from time immemorial, sages known as Dhristas have heard mantras (sacred verses) directly from the gods during a state of Tapasya (deep ...
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Translation of the very first Mantra of the Rig Veda

This page mentions all the Sanskrit Shlokas of the Rig Veda. Here is the very first one अग्निमीळे पुरोहितं यज्ञस्य देवमृत्विजम् । होतारं रत्नधातमम् १ I tried looking for translations by an Indian ...
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Who was Namuchi?

In Rigveda, Indra is known to slay various demons like Vrita, Sambhar, Vala etc. Rigveda alludes one story of Namuchi Vadh where Namuchi grows very powerful and he grabs Indra in his arm-pit(similar ...
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Why Lord vishnu praises and lauds Indra deva s majesty according to Rig veda?

There are some verses In Rig veda which says Lord vishnu extols Indra deva s majesty like- when visnu,through thine(Indra's)energy,strode wide those three great steps of his,then thy two ...
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Do the Brahmanas of the Rig Veda mention Brahma and Vishnu's contest?

This excerpt from the Vidyeshwara Samhita of the Shiva Purana relates a famous story involving a contest between Brahma and Vishnu. (To read the whole Shiva Purana, see my answer here.) In this ...
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If every word of the Veda is eternal, then how does it have historical references? [duplicate]

The traditional interpretation of the Vedas is that every word of it is eternal, they are the "blueprint" of creation remembered by Ishvara at the beginning of creation, and sound vibrations revealed ...
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What is the hymn to Vishnu that Shunashepa said to save his life?

One of the most famous stories found in the Vedas is the story of Shunashepa, which is recited during the famous Rajasuya Yagna (the Vedic ritual for becoming an emperor). The story is told in this ...
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Who is vAk (the speech) in Rig Veda 10:125?

The Rig Veda hymn 10:125 tells about the supreme Goddess. So is this hymn addressed to Goddess DurgA or the female power Of Universe (Shakti) Or vAk (वाक्), the speech? Who is vAk Goddess described ...
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How is Lord Shiva revealed in the Rig Veda?

Vedas are revealed scriptures without authors. They contain revelations of many things. In the hymns of respective deities, various characters of that respective deities are revealed. Regarding Lord ...
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In brief, what is the thematic outline of Rig Veda 10th Mandala?

I want to have a basic understanding of the contents and focus of Rig Veda 10th Mandala. What is the brief thematic outline of Rig Veda 10th Mandala?
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What scriptures mention the all-consuming eternal fire burning North of the Himalayas?

If you've read the Vishnu Purana, then you're probably familiar with the story of how Vyasa's father Parashara, upon learning that his father Shakti had been killed by the Rakshasa Kalmashapada, ...
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Do Vedas contain scientifically inaccurate verses? [closed]

Sky can fall on Earth: Rig Veda II.17.5 Fast (Indra) upheld the earth that nourisheth all life, and stayed the heaven from falling by his wondrous skill. Cooked articles causes rain: Yajur ...
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Which verses of the Sama Veda are not taken from the Rig Veda?

Which verses of the Sama Veda are unique to itself and are NOT taken from the Rig Veda? Different websites say different amounts of verses are exclusive, but they all say less than 100.
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How many Vedic hymns are attributed to Soma?

We see that the Soma (plant and its extract) is one of the chiefly mentioned subjects in the Vedic literature. Especially in the rig veda there are many mantras and hymns dedicated to soma and its ...
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Where does Rig Veda say that Shiva is the God who grants Moksha?

Me and my friend had a debate on whether Vedas talks about Moksha or not. My friend told me that there is a verse in Rigveda which tells Shiva grants Moksha. Is it true? Does Rigveda really mention ...
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What is the significance of Sri Suktam which is part of Rigveda?

Sri Suktam of RigVeda describes the nama, rupa, swaroopa, greatness etc. of Goddess Sri, who is Vishnu patni (wife of Lord Vishnu). Now, the question is what is the significance and how should it be ...
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Where is the Vedic verse quoted by the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad about Brahman entering the body as a bird?

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 Shiva Sankalpa Suktam also a Khila Sukta of RigVeda?

Khila Suktas of RigVeda are those Suktas which are associated only in Baskala Shakha of RigVeda and not in Sakala Shakha. For eg. Sri Suktam of RigVeda is also a Khila Sukta. Shiva Sankalpam Sukta is ...
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Hindu scriptures say Sun moves in a Chariot pulled by horses. What does this mean?

Rig Veda 1.50.8, 1.50.1 O, Bright sun, a chariot named harit with seven horses takes you to sky. Bhagavata Purana also says the same. But Sun cannot physically travel in Chariot.
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What scriptures describe the love story of the sage Shyavashva Atreya?

As you can see in the Rig Veda Anukramani in my answer here, the sage who heard Rig Veda Book 5 Hymn 61 from the gods is Shyavashva Atreya. Here is what the hymn says in part: 1 O heroes lordliest ...
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Where does the Rig Veda describe realizing supreme truth through Vishnu's name?

In N Raghunathan's forward to a translation of the Vishnu Sahasranamam, he gives a purported quote from the Rig Veda: The Rigveda ... affirms the potency of the Divine-Name in such verses as the ...
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Why do the Vedas give multiple figures for the distance between Earth and Devaloka?

The distance from the Earth to various heavenly bodies is mainly a subject discussed in the Puranas. In this answer, I discuss how the distance from the Earth to Devaloka is given as 100,000 Yojanas ...
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What does the Rig Veda say about the forests and healing properties of plants and animals

This article mentions the forests, and healing properties of plants and animals ...Similarly the Rig-Veda mentions about the forest goddess and healing properties of plants, tribes of fishes, ...
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Why is Rig Veda Book 2 Hymn 23 Verse 1 not used for summoning or praying to ganpati?

As mentioned in answer to this question, Rig-veda verse 1 as follows ॐ गणानां त्वा गणपतिं हवामहे कविं कवीनामुपमश्रवस्तमम् । ज्येष्ठराजं ब्रह्मणां ब्रह्मणस्पत आ नः षृण्वन्नूतिभिः सीदसादनम् ॥ ...
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Sukthams with khilams from Rigveda?

I am deeply interested in receiving any printed Rig-Vedic hymns with khila vaakyams (supplement verses) arranged with swaras (tone for recitation). EDIT: What are "khila vaakyams"? FYI: We have ...
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Finding (source/original) Shlokas in the RigVeda

This website provides the following translation of the Shlokas from the RigVeda: "He made this Earth fixed by different devices like hills and mountains in shape of pegs but it still rotates . ...
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Where does Rig Veda states about Cyclical Nature of Creation?

It is a common belief in Hinduism that the nature of creation is cyclic. Continuous creation and destruction happens in certain intervals of time. Most of such ideas are found in Puranas and also in ...
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What scriptures describe Indra defeating Asuras using Dadhichi's old horse head?

As you can see in the Rig Veda Anukramani in my answer here, Rig Veda Book 1 Hymn 84 was heard by the sage Gautama and it's addressed to Indra. In any case, here are two of the verses of the hymn: ...
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Rig Veda - The demon Svarbhanu, Rahu and eclipse

This blog article talks how the demonic form of Svarbhanu is used to explain the phenomenon of eclipse. This wiki article also says that Svarbhanu is a name used for Rahu in Puranas. It also claims ...
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Purva Mimansa and Vedanta commentaries on RV 10.129

RV 10.129 also known as Nasadiya Suktam is vedic hymn which explain's act of creation of the universe. What is Purva Mimansa Sutra commentary on this hymn specifically 10.129.7 which is used by ...
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Satapatha Brahmana 10:4:2:23

Wikipedia mentions that Rik-Veda has 432 000 syllables and refers to Satapatha Brahmana as the source of this information. Satapatha Brahmana 10:4:2:23 states the following: "He arranged the Rik-...
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Are two Jnana-related Vedic hymns of Vamadeva ever used in Yagnas?

As you can see in the Anukramani I provided in my answer here, the sage who heard most of the hymns in the Fourth Mandala of the Rig Veda was the sage Vamadeva, a descendant of the sage Gautama. Two ...
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How much percent of one's income should be given to charity?

Daana has been praised in the Rig Veda and the Upanishads. The Brihadaranyaka Upanishad 5.2.3. says तदेतत्त्रयँ शिक्षेद् दमं दानं दयामिति essentially glorifying generosity, compassion and mental ...
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The number of syllables in the Rig Veda - 4,32,000

This wiki article on Rig Veda says that there are 4,32,000 syllables in all the shlokas combined. It also says that the Shatapatha Brahmana of the Yajur Veda mentions this. Where is this mentioned? ...