Questions tagged [rig-veda]

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

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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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Who were Varasikha and Abhyavartin Cayamana?

In Rig Veda (RV.6.27.4 & 5) it is described that Indra killed people of Varasikha and drove away VRcis in the aid of Abhyavartin Cayamana. Ralph T.H Griffith's translation follows :- 4 This one ...
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Sarasvatii - a goddess or a river first?

Historians (Marxists) claim that Rig Vedic Sarasvati is an imaginary river born out of minds of Rig Vedic Rishis, because there is no physical evidence of this river as Yamuna has. We, the adherent ...
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What is the meaning of Rig Vedic 'Jishnu' in scripture?

In RV.7.35 Rishi Vashist MaitraVaruni describes various gods, things and places which were auspicious. Here in the hymn 5 we find a term jishnu - sham no rajsaspatirstu jishnu T.H.Griffith ...
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Who is this King Bhavya who lived on the banks of Indus?

Rig Veda Book 1 Hymn 126 is dedicated to a king who has given a lot of gifts to a certain Kakshivan in a sacrifice: 1 WITH wisdom I present these lively praises of Bhāvya dweller on the bank of ...
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Please help me understand the below passage from Rig veda

I found the passage on Wikipedia page of Samkhya(sankhya) Philosophy. Seven to the one-wheeled chariot yoke the Courser; bearing seven names the single Courser draws it. Three-naved the ...
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Who is the daughter of Surya mentioned in Rig Veda 10.85?

The Rig Veda Book 10 Verse 85 describes the bridal of Sun-god's daughter who is called Surya as well: 6 Raibhi was her dear bridal friend, and Narasamsi led her home. Lovely was Sūrya's robe: she ...
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What are the herbs that arose three ages before the gods?

Rig Veda Book 10 Hymn 97 is dedicated to the herbs and I am sharing a part of it here: HERBS that sprang up in time of old, three ages earlier than the Gods,— Of these, whose hue is brown, ...
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How have other translators translated RV4.17.16 hymn besides Griffith?

Eager for booty, craving strength and horses, we-singers stir Indra, the strong, for friendship, Who gives the wives we seek, whose succour fails not, to hasten, like a pitcher to the fountain ...
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Who are these Vedic goddesses mentioned as spouses of Devas?

Rig Veda Book 1 Hymn 22 enumerates many goddesses as the souses of the gods: 9 O Agni, hither bring to us the willing Spouses of the Gods, And Tvaṣṭar, to the Soma draught. 10 Most youthful ...
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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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How is reciting Rigveda swara (udatta anudatta swarita) different from Yajurveda?

I observed that in Rigveda, swarita is recited with high pitch with some extra time in that pitch as compared with Yajurveda. But some people won't follow this, they will simply recite riks as yajus ...
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Do any other scriptures tell the story of Goddess Aranyani mentioned in Vedas?

Rig Veda Book 10 Verse 146 is dedicated to the forest goddess called Aranyani: 1 GODDESS of wild and forest who seemest to vanish from the sight. How is it that thou seekest not the village? Art ...
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Who is Ritu mentioned in this Rigvedic verse?

Rig Veda Book 1 Verse 15 is dedicated to Indra but mentions someone or something called Ritu (Ṛtu). Now Ritu generally means season and Reet means the cosmic order and am confused which of these is ...
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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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 Rig Vedic Aryas consider any tribes friendly?

The Aryas mention Dasa, Dasyus, et al but they were not very friendly towards them. Who were the Aryas friendly with?
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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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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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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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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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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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Is Soma Really a drink Or a Metaphor For Vedic Immortality?

Soma is considered a Juice which was Prepared by our Ancestors by Herbs of the leave of a plant.It is one of the most famous Drink In Vedas And In Rig veda whole Mandal 9 Is attributed to it. But ...
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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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Is there a BORI critical edition of Rigveda available online?

BORI critical edition of Mahabharata is available online on sanskritdocuments.org This article on hindustantimes.com says that BORI has ancient manuscripts of Rigveda. Is there a BORI critical ...
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How does Dayananda Saraswati explain the Purusha Sukta of the Rigveda?

Maharshi Dayananda Saraswati was believer in pure Vedic Hinduism (as per his notion). Now he wrote Rigveda bhashya on Rigveda. Purusha Sukta is hymn 10.90 of Rigveda. Read it on Wikisource. Now, I ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 -...