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

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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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What are eight Asthakas of Rigveda?

A Sanskrit book mentions that Rigveda is divided in 8 ashtakas and 10 mandalas. I am aware of mandalas but what are 8 asthakas of Rigveda?
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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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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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Is Indra the chief god of the Vedas?

While some puranas describe Indra as a devotee of Lord Vishnu or other gods, the Vedas, in contrast depict Lord Indra as the most important gods. This is visible across the length and breadth of the ...
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Who are the dark-coloured inhabitants in this Rig Veda verse?

The Rig Veda has a verse that says: "Through fear of thee [Agni] the dark-coloured inhabitants fled, not waiting for battle, when, O Agni (fire) burning brightly for Puru, and destroying the cities,...
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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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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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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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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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Was Brihaspati mentioned in Rig Veda and Usana mentioned in Rig Veda and Bhagavadgita the same person?

Brihaspati was praised in Rig Veda as follows: गणानां तवा गणपतिं हवामहे कविं कवीनामुपमश्रवस्तमम | जयेष्ठराजं बरह्मणां बरह्मणस पत आ नः षर्ण्वन्नूतिभिः सीद सादनम || Rig Veda 2.23.1 WE ...
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Who is the divine horse Dadhikras mentioned in the Rigveda?

Rig Veda Book 4 has certain hymns dedicated to a Dadhikri/Dadhikras that talk about the great speed and agility of this divine horse: 1 FROM you two came the gifts in days aforetime which Trasadasyu ...
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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 full story of a falcon stealing the soma from heaven in vedas?

I have come across the story of a falcon taking the soma and bringing it to mankind. So what is the actual story from where the falcon taken it and to whom he delivered it? Please give vedic verses ...
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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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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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What is the meaning/context of Rig Veda 10.149.1?

Rig Veda 10.149.1 reads; SAVITAR fixed the earth with bands to bind it, and made heaven stedfast where no prop supported. Savitar milked, as ’twere a restless courser, air, sea bound fast to ...
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Story of Bhujyu

Rigveda alludes a story of Bhujyu who happened to be a son of king Tugra. The king got to know about some enemies planning to attack his kingdom so he sent Bhujyu along with his few confederates on a ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 -...
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What are the rules mentioned in vedas for people?

Samhitas do not mention dharma but rta what acts really supports rta according to vedic samhitas daily life, manners etc. Note:—please mention from rigveda and samaveda after that yajurveda and these ...
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Value of Yojana in Sayana's commentary on Rig Veda

In his commentary on Rig-Veda, Sayana has talked about speed of light in terms of "Yojana". Historically, this term has had many different interpretations as described here. So what was the value of ...
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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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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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Why did Agni serve as the priest for two kings?

In my question here, I discussed an excerpt from the Aitareya Brahmana of the Rig Veda which lists various kings who have performed the Rajasuya Yagna, the ritual to become an emperor. Now here is ...
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Why did Indra flee after slaying Vritra and why did he cook dog meat?

Rigveda I.32 gives a detailed account of famous Indra and Vritra battle. After killing Vritra and his mother Danu, however, Indra flees the battle scene. I.32 Whom did you see, Indra, as the ...
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could you please translate the following hymn? and also where is it in veda?

शतधा रमुत्समक्षी जमानम विपस्थितम वितारम वक्वानाम | हेलिम्दनतम वित्रो रुपस्थेतम्रो जतिपिप्रतम सत्यवाचम || sorry for the spelling mistakes.
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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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Who is the deity of the Purusha Suktam according to different schools?

Who is the deity of the Purusha Suktam according to different schools? According to Vaishnavism, it is Vishnu: The Sukta gives an expression to immanence of radical unity in diversity and is ...
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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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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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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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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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What is the origin of the long version of the Gayatri mantra?

As far as I know the Gayatri mantra appears in Rig Veda 3.62.10: Om Bhur Buvaha Svaha Tat Savithur Varenyam Bhargo Devasya Dheemahi Dhiyo Yonaha Prachodayath But in some books and on the Internet, I'...
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contradiction between Nasadiya Sukta and Hiranyagarbha

I was going through the mentioned phrases of Rig Veda and got little confused in different points on creation. In Nasadiya it is mentioned that even creator might don't know about creation. on the ...
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Does the word Yoga appear in Rig Veda?

Does Rig Veda contain the word yoga or its synonyms explicitly? If not, then which among the four Vedas explicitly contains the word Yoga?
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Is the pranava - om - mentioned in Vedas?

The Wikipedia states, in respect of the syllable om, as follows: The syllable Om is first mentioned in the Upanishads, the mystical texts associated with the Vedanta philosophy. Rig veda 1.164....
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Does Rig Veda 10.59.7 talk about rebirth?

Rig Veda 10.59.7 May Earth restore to us our vital spirit, may Heaven the Goddess and mid-air restore it. May Soma give us once again our body, and Pūṣan show the Path of peace and comfort. ...
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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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Where is this hymn in the Rig Veda?

I was trying to learn hymns from this Rig Veda video. But I couldn't find the first few verses. Where in the book is it?
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Who were Paravatas and Bṛsaya mentioned in the Rig Vedic mantras?

Rig Veda VI.61 describes elimination of Paravatas and Bṛsaya by Saraswati. 2 She with her might, like one who digs for lotus-stems, hath burst with her strong waves the ridges of the hills. Let us ...
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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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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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Did Vishnu or Varuna measure out the Earth?

The Rigveda mentions in several places that Vishnu measured out the Earth: Rigveda 1.154.1–3 1 "I will declare the mighty deeds of Viṣṇu, of him who measured out the earthly regions, Who ...