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

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What exactly is the story of the Aditya called Bhaag/Bhaga?

We all are aware of the Adityas being children of Goddess Aditi and Kashyap Maharishi. A few of them are more well known like Surya, Indra and Vamana but I want to know more about a lesser known ...
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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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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 ॥ cannot ...
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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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Rig Veda as the origin of modern numerical system

Rig Veda presents complete set of modern numerals ekam dvi tri catur panc sasti Sapt asta navam dash ekadash dvadash .....etc leading to sahastra (1000). Yet modern scholars hold that 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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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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Do Vedas mention Suryavanshi kings or are they focused only on Chandravanshis?

Vedic Samhitas cover the glories of the gods as well as how they helped certain human kings but I find it surprising and perhaps suggestive of some later political intervention that there are NO ...
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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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Why is Nahusha's last name Manava?

Most people have only heard of the lunar dynasty king Yayati, who was cursed with old age by Sukracharya (guru of the Asuras) and temporarily regained his youth by giving his old age to his youngest ...
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What is the English translation of Rig Veda Book 10 hymn 61 verses 5-8?

I was reading the Rig Veda and saw that a lot of versions leave out lines 5-9 in book 10 hymn 61. Is there a reason why? (Did Ralph T.H. Griffith forget to translate them?) I believe these are the ...
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What are four grades/stages or types of Vāk?

I've come across mention of four types of Vāni in several texts e.g., Ganapathi Atharvashisrsha, Saraswati Sukta, etc. One of the direct references is Rigveda 1.164.45: HYMN CLXIV. Viśvedevas. ...
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When did the Gayatri-Mantra appear?

The Gayatri-Mantra appeared in the Rigveda, which was composed between c. 1700–1100 BCE. This Mantra has probably been transmitted from masters to disciples, a long time before being written. ...
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Who gave Vajra or thunderbolt to Indra - Dadhichi or Usana?

In puranas Dadhichi is primarily known for sacrificing his life so the Devas, or benevolent celestial beings, could make the weapon called "Vajra" from his bones. After being driven out from Svarga, ...
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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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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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What is the earliest reference to the Asura Mahabali?

In modern times, Vishnu's most popular incarnations are Rama and Krishna. But that was not always the case; in ancient times Vishnu was most popularly associated with his incarnation as Vamana the ...
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Does the word Purusha occur in the Rig Veda other than Purusha Suktam?

Purusha Suktam of Rig Veda contains the word "Purusha". However, I would like to know if the word Purusha can be found in any other Sukta other than this Purusha Sukta in the Rig Veda.
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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 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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Rigveda verse after nocturnal emission in manusmriti

It is mentioned in Manusmriti in the 181th line that "A twice-born student, who has involuntarily wasted his manly strength during sleep, must bathe, worship the sun, and afterwards thrice mutter 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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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 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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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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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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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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Is the practice of kundalis matching part of the core Hindu doctrine?

The answer to this question: What is the significance of Kundali in Hindu Family seems to indicate that Hindu astrology is a core component of the Hindu doctrine. My understanding is that the core ...
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Earliest reference of any astrologer (jyotisi) in Rig Veda

Jyotis shastra i.e. astrology is one of ancient science of Hinduism, believed to be started right from Rig Vedic period that developed into a vast body of knowledge by many ancient astrologers. My ...
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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 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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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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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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Are any stories available for the sons of Sarama that serve Yama?

Sarama is the female dog that is mentioned in many Vedic verses as the helper of the gods and is especially associated with Indra. Her children are also mentioned in some verses as being assistants of ...
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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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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 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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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 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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