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

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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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Rig Veda Translation : Rudra name omitted ( Book 8 Hymn 63 )

Using only the Griffith , Book 8 Hymn 63 Mantra 12 , I read : (Griffith) अस्मे रुद्रा मेहना पर्वतासो वर्त्रहत्ये भरहूतौ सजोषाः | यः शंसते सतुवते धायि पज्र इन्द्रज्येष्ठा अस्मानवन्तु देवाः || asme ...
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Who is Krsanu in the Rig Veda?

In the Rig Veda, 1.155.2 it’s written yā martyāya pratidhīyamānamit kṛśānorasturasanāmuruṣyathaḥ || That which hath been directed well at mortal man, bow-armed Kṛśānu's arrow, ye turn far aside. ...
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What is the inner meaning of the phrase dark wombs (kṛṣṇayonīḥ) in the Rig Vedic mantra II.20.7?

Rig Veda II.20.7 says स वृ॑त्र॒हेन्द्र॑: कृ॒ष्णयो॑नीः पुरंद॒रो दासी॑रैरय॒द्वि । अज॑नय॒न्मन॑वे॒ क्षाम॒पश्च॑ स॒त्रा शंसं॒ यज॑मानस्य तूतोत् ॥७॥ sa vṛtrahendraḥ kṛṣṇayonīḥ purandaro dāsīrairayad vi | ...
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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 were Lakshmi & Narayana mentioned separately or together, as God Heads, in the Rig Veda?

In the wiki article, it was stated as follows: In terms of theology, Ramanujacharya puts forth the view that both the Supreme Goddess Lakshmi and Supreme God Narayana together constitute Brahman - ...
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Goddess Ushas : references in the Vedas

Ushas (Marici for Buddhists) is the goddess of the dawn. What are the passages in the vedas where she is mentioned exactly?
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Why Nasadiya Sukta says even god himself might not know about creation?

Then even non-existence was not there, nor existence, There was no air then, nor the space beyond it. What covered it? Where was it? In whose keeping? Was there then cosmic fluid, in depths unfathomed?...
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How can I worship Dyaus the Sky god?

I can't find any specific hymns dedicated to him in the Rigveda. Are there any mantras or richas dedicated to him in our Shastra?
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Was the creation of Earth story has roots in the Rig Veda or somewhere else?

Harivamsha in the mahAbharata - bhaviShyaparva Chapter 34 describes as to how viShNu takes varAha avatAra to lift the Earth from Netherworld There is a legend of creation in the Taittiriya Brahmana. ...
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English translation of Dayananda Saraswati's commentary on RV X.85.45

Commenting on the wedding hymn, RV X.85, verse 45, and probably trying to establish a Vedic basis for niyoga, Swami Dayananda Saraswati appears to have made some controversial remarks. Is there an ...
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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 ...
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What are the three worlds in the Rig Veda

I was reading a book called 'Astronomical Myths:Myths of the Heavens' by John F. Blake and I came across this at Page 11-13: "Thus to the earth they gave the name P'RTHOVI, "the wide expanse;" ...
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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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Are lord Ganesh ,Lord Subramanya Swamy and Lord Ayyappa are gods or demigods according to bhagavad geeta

Are lord Ganesh , lord subramanya Swamy and lord Ayyappa are gods are demigods according to bhagavad gita
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How many forts of Shambara did Indra really destroy?

Why do these verses of Rigveda contradict each other on the number of Shambara's forts destroyed by Indra? How to reconcile these differences? 90 forts. Rig Veda 1.130.7 “For Pūru thou hast shattered,...
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Why the poet said in plural form in Rig Veda VII.91.7?

Rig veda VII.91.7 says : अर्व॑न्तो॒ न श्रव॑सो॒ भिक्ष॑माणा इन्द्रवा॒यू सु॑ष्टु॒तिभि॒र्वसि॑ष्ठाः । वा॒ज॒यन्त॒: स्वव॑से हुवेम यू॒यं पा॑त स्व॒स्तिभि॒: सदा॑ नः ॥७॥ We, VASISHTHAS, (bearing ...
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Who are the 7 sisters of Saraswati mentioned in Rig Veda?

Rig Veda VI.61.12 says Seven-sistered, sprung from threefold source, the Five Tribes' prosperer, she must be Invoked in every deed of might. At another mantra in Rig Veda, seven rivers - सप्त सि...
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Was the story of Great deluge taken from Rig Vedic mantras?

The story of Great deluge was narrated in Satapatha Brahmana , Bhagavata Purana and the Matsya Purana, as well as in the Mahabharata. However, I have found the following epithets from Rig Veda. Rig ...
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Does this mantra in Rig Veda VII.76.4 indicate that earlier mandals were heard in ancient period?

Rig Veda VII.76.4 says as follows: They were the Gods’ companions at the banquet, the ancient sages true to Law Eternal. The Fathers found the light that lay in darkness, and with effectual words ...
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Is the purported “Buddhist Cosmology” found in the Vedas?

The Buddhist Pali suttas (the purported words of the Buddha Gotama) contain a "cosmology", which, in the Pali language, includes: Gods of the Four Great Kings: Cātumahārājikā Devā Gods of ...
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Is English translation of Baskala Shaka available?

The vedas form the base of Hinduism.Rigveda the most oldest and important scripture of Hinduism has 5 parts as discussed in my previous question and I am interested most in the baskala Shaka. So I ...
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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 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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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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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 kalpas and manvantars have existence in vedas? [duplicate]

we know in epic period to puranic period the kalpas, manvantaras and yugas mentions occoured but what about vedas do they mention kalpas,manvantaras or even yugas.
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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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Do RV 8.33.19 and 10.85.30 suggest women should wear a veil in the presence of men?

Some answers to What do Hindu scriptures say about women headscarf (hijab)? on Quora.com cite these verses from the Rigveda that seem to suggest Hindu women should wear a head veil: God made you ...
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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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Context of the following stanza in Rig Veda?

In which context the following stanza has been mentioned in the Rig Veda Samhita (verse 10.16.5)? अव सर्ज पुनरग्ने पित्र्भ्यो यस्त आहुतश्चरतिस्वधाभिः | अयुर्वसान उप वेतु शेषः सं गछतान्तन्वा जा...
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Are Vedas well-preserved or not?

Vedas, as we believe are words of God so they should be static, but, I think Rigveda has been corrupted. E.g., Nirukta 7:8 talks of a verse offering an oblation to Vishnu and Agni but the verse is not ...
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Does the story about Ṛbhus indicate practice of religious rituals other than Spirituality in Vedic era?

Rig veda I.110 says about Ṛbhus When, seeking your enjoyment onward from afar, ye, certain of my kinsmen, wandered on your way, Sons of Sudhanvan, after your long journeying, ye came unto the home of ...
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Why was Agni eulogised as Lord of slayers of VRITRA in Rig Veda III.16.1?

Rig Veda III.16.1, dedicated to AGNI, says: ayamaghniḥ suvīryasyeśe mahaḥ saubhaghasya | rāya īśe svapatyasya ghomata īśe vṛtrahathānām || The translation of this mantra by H.H. Wilson(P.12) is ...
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Did Gautama, the Buddha borrow Śūnyavāda from Rig Veda?

Madhyamaka also known as Śūnyavāda (the emptiness doctrine) refers to a tradition of Buddhist philosophy. Rig Veda I.170.1 says na nūnamasti no śvaḥ kastad veda yadadbhutam | anyasyacittamabhi ...
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What is the meaning of brAhmana, as mentioned in Rig Veda II.36.5?

Rig Veda II.36.5 says eṣa sya te tanvo nṛmṇavardhanaḥ saha ojaḥ pradivi bāhvorhitaḥ | tubhyaṃ suto maghavan tubhyamābhṛtastvamasya brāhmanādā tṛpat piba || Translation of Ralph T.H. Griffith is as ...
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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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Rig Veda - can't find the right text -

Please take a look at this book. It reports many times pieces of the Rig Veda. For example on page 25. May the three-seated (tri-vandhura) and mentally-governed (manasa-yukta) come – spreading over ...
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Was the list of Rishis associated with Rigvedic verses preserved with comparable accuracy with the verses themselves?

The actual verses were transmitted orally with elaborate precautions to prevent corruption over the generations. Is anything known as to how the names of the seers of various verses were memorized ...
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What are the 21 meters known to Rig Vedic seers? [duplicate]

The known major Vedic meters are: Gāyatrī, Uṣṇih, Anuṣṭubh, Bṛhatī, Pankti, Triṣṭubh and Jagatī Rig Veda IV.1.16 narrates 21 meters/chandas, as known to the seers of Rig Veda. The Milch-cow's ...
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Can anyone clarify as to why this Rig Vedic mantra mentions Gods differently?

There was another question on the following topic. However, my question is different. Which shloka or scripture states that there are 33 crores of Hindu gods? Rig Veda III.20.5 ...
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Do the 3,339 Gods mentioned in Rig Veda III.9.9 indicate number of sages got wisdom before Viswamitra?

Rig Veda III.9.9 says trīṇi śatā trī sahasrāṇyaghniṃ triṃśacca devā navacāsaparyan | aukṣan ghṛtairastṛṇan barhirasmā ādid dhotāraṃ nyasādayanta || Three times a hundred Gods and thrice a ...
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Do Ushas and Kavya Usanas indicate one and the same epithet?

Ushas - उषस् - is a Vedic goddess of dawn in Hinduism. She is "consistently identified with dawn, revealing herself with the daily coming of light to the world, driving away oppressive darkness, ...
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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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Which Rig-Vedic Gods have spouses who are also mentioned in the Rig Veda Samhita?

Famous spouses Lakshmi and Parvati don't occur in Rig Veda Samhita, as far as I know. Which Gods also have their spouses mentioned in the Rg Veda Samhita?
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Is the word Hindu mentioned in any Sanatan scriptures? [duplicate]

Is the word 'Hindu' mentioned in any Sanatan scriptures? Because there is lot said and lot to be said on the word Hindu. I went through different old literature but did not find the word Hindu.
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Is it possible to present an unified form of hinduism keeping RigVeda as a single source? [closed]

RigVeda is a single source of our great antiquity and still it is not fully revealed. We often quote from it as authentic as we have a complete understanding of RigVeda. But truth is that we have only ...
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What are three refinings or three types of cleansing mentioned in Rigveda 3.26.8?

I am talking about following verse of Rigveda: त्रिभिः पवित्रैरपुपोद्ध्यर्कं हृदा मतिं ज्योतिरनु प्रजानन्। वर्षिष्ठं रत्नमकृत स्वधाभिरादिद्द्यावापृथिवी पर्यपश्यत्॥ ३.०२६.०८ Transliteration: tri̱bhiḥ ...
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Does Rig Veda anywhere say that Vishnu is the mightiest? [duplicate]

As far as I can tell, in the Rig Veda, Indra,Rudra Agni Soma have been extolled as the mightiest, separately (what westerners call henotheism). It is not even clear if Vishnu in the rig veda is ...

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