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

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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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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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Why did Indra steal a wheel from the chariot of Surya?

The Rigved verse 5.29.10 talks about an interesting incident: 9 What time ye came with strong steeds swiftly speeding, O Uśanā and Indra, to the dwelling, Thou camest thither -conquering together ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Is the Dyaus mentioned in Vedas as Indra's father the same as the Vasu Dyaus?

According to Rig Ved Verse 1.164.33 Indra is born of Dyaus and Prithvi - the Sky Father & Earth Mother: 33 Dyaus is my Father, my begetter: kinship is here. This great earth is my kin and ...
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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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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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Are there any verses which pray for the birth of daughter in Vedas?

Prajāpati, Anumati, Sinivāli have ordered it. Elsewhere may he effect the birth of maids, but here prepare a boy.-Atharva Veda 6.11.3 There are especial hymns and verses in Vedas which pray for ...
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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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Why the name Bṛhadratha mentioned in Rig Veda 1.36.18? Does Bṛhadratha here mean legendary Bṛhadratha dynasty of Magadha?

अग्निना तुर्वशं यदुं परावत उग्रादेवं हवामहे | अग्निर्नयन नववास्त्वं बर्हद्रथं तुर्वीतिं दस्यवे सहः || Rig Veda 1.36.18? Meaning: We call on Ugradeva, Yadu, Turvaśa, by means of Agni, from afar; ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Is Rig-parisishta a real supplement rig veda?

Does Rig-parisishta a real supplement to Rig Veda? Origin of doubt: Rig-parisishta (the supplement to the Rig Veda): radhaya madhavo devo madhavenaiva radhika/ vibhrajante janeshu. Meaning: ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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Timeline of the battle of the ten kings in the Vedas

What is the timeline of the battle of the 10 kings mentioned in the Vedas? What are the circumstances that lead to the battle and also, what is the best account(translated) of the events surrounding ...
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Measurement of speed of light in Rigveda [duplicate]

.There is a verse in Rigveda(1,50-4) "Yojananam sahastra dwe dwe shathe dwe cha yojane Aken nimishardhena krammana Namosthuthe" In this verse poet respects to sunlight who moves 2202 yojana in half ...
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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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What are the names given to the Devi in the Tripura Upanishad of the Rig Veda?

Devi or Shakti is the feminine form of the Divine. What are the names given to the Devi in the Tripura Upanishad of the Rig Veda?
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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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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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Translation of Rig Veda by an Indian author

To extend my question here, I am looking for a translation of the Rig Veda by an Indian author. A translation either in English or Hindi would do. I found one in Hindi by Ramgovind Trivedi, but it is ...
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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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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? ...
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What does a Rig Veda verse about Usha have to do with the 100-year Yagna of the Sadhyas?

In this excerpt from the Panchavimsha Brahmana of the Sama Veda, aka the Tandya Mahabrahmana, the performance of a 100-year Yagna is described. It says that this Yagna was once performed by 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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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 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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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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Is Brihaspati the one who helped Indra's incarnation Indra Vaikuntha?

Most people only know about incarnations of Vishnu, and perhaps incarnations of Brahma (which I discuss here) and incarnations of Shiva. But Indra has also taken incarnations, for instance as ...
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Is Rishi Vishvamitra the one who cognised the Gayatri mantra?

This wiki article says this without providing any reference: Brahmarshi Vishvamitra is one of the most venerated rishis or sages of ancient times in India. He is also credited as the author of ...
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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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Why there are so many contradictions about the origin of vedas? [duplicate]

As per Dr Ambedkar, atleast 11 contradicting explanations are available on the origin of vedas which he detailed in his book "Riddles in Hinduism". These are his findings. (1) as originating from the ...
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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 ...