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

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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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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?
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Where is the verse(s) about Sāvarṇi (a name of the first human) in the Ṛgveda (Rig Veda)? Who are Sāvarṇya and Saraṇyū?

I tried control-f-ing to find the mention of Sāvarṇi but it did not work.
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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 re-...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Word by word translation of Rig Veda

I am looking for word by word English translation of RigVeda. I have only found the translation by Griffith but it's not word by word translation. Does anyone know of if any such translation exists? ...
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Why does the Rig Veda call Vishnu a mountain-roaming bull?

As you can see in the Rig Veda Anukramani I provided in my answer here, Book 1 Hymn 154 of the Rig Veda is addressed to Vishnu. Here is one of the verses from that hymn: Let the hymn lift itself as ...
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What is the story of Lakshmi's son Chikleeta?

The Khilani of the Rig Veda contains the famous Sri Sukta, a hymn to Lakshmi goddess of wealth. This is what verses 11-12 of the Sri Sukta say: Sloka 11: We are the progeny of our forefather, Sage ...
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What is the story of Indra restoring the vitality of Shashvati's husband?

Rig Veda Book 8 Hymn 1 is dedicated to Indra and sings his glories while calling him to partake of the soma juice being prepared for his sake. The ast verse of the hymn mentions something like this: ...
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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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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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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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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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Translation of Rig Veda 1.160.4 (Earth supported by pillars)

I often hear critics use this verse to claim that the Vedas say the earth is supported by pillars. Can someone explain the real meaning of this? HYMN CLX. Heaven and Earth. Among the ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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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How did the Puranas justify the deification of epithets, which is contrary to Rig Vedic principles, therefore, anti-Hindu or anti-Sanatana Dharma? [closed]

Rig Veda II.1 states that there is only one Brahman, though attributed different epithets like Indra, Vishnu, Rudra, etc., to denote different actions of the same Almighty. The same was reiterated in ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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'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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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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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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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?
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Why Krishna Yajur Veda 7.1.1.5 is contrdicting RV 10:53:4?

Krishna Yajur Veda 7.1.1.5 prohibit a shudra to perform sacrifice. was created, the Vairaja Saman, of men the Çudra, of cattle the horse. Therefore the two, the horse and the Çudra, are dependent on ...
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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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who is God Aryaman in vedas?

May be some of you know about god aryaman really who is he? even god indra has been asked to recieve gifts from him. He is an aditya. In the Rig Veda Aryaman is described as the protector of mares, ...
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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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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 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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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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Can anyone explain Rig Veda III.6.9 and how does it relate to chakras?

Here on page 95 the author states that According to the Vedas, there are Seven Chakras in each 'layer', of which consists of Three Worlds. But, there are 33 'Layers' of these Chakras, of which ...