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Do any verses in the Vedas declare Agni to be the Highest Brahman?

There are Plenty of verses. I'm just selecting a few of them from RigVeda. “त्वमघ्न इन्द्रो वृषभः सतामसि त्वं विष्णुरुरुघायो नमस्यः त्वं ब्रह्मा रयिविद् ब्रह्मणस् पते त्वं विधर्तःसचसे ...
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Which Scriptures contain the verse "Arogyam bhaskarad ichcheth"?

There is slightly different version is available in Matsya Purana, Chapter 68. आरोग्यं भास्करादिच्छेद्धनमिच्छेद्धुताशनात्। ईश्वराज्ज्ञानमन्विच्छेन्मोक्षमिच्छेज्जनार्दनात्॥ ४१॥ ārogyaṃ ...
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To whom the Durga suktam Of Rig veda is addressed To?

First of all, the phrase Durga Suktam is not part of the text (Rig Veda). The entire DurgA Suktam is found in the MahAnArAyana Upanishad (MNU), section 2 and not in the Vedas. It has seven mantras in ...
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Who is the 'messenger' of Asuras and what is his story?

According to Vayu Purana, Chapter 29, Saharaksha is the son of Pavaka and serve as the Agni for the Asuras. पवमानात्मजश्चैव कव्यवाहन उच्यते। पावकात्सहरक्षस्तु हव्यवाहः शुचेः सुतः॥४॥ The son ...
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When did Krishna fight Varuna and Agni?

Krishna fighting with Agni and Varuna is described in Vishnu Parva of Harivamsa. These events happened at the time of Aniruddha marriage. Fighting with Agni happened just when entering in the ...
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Jataveda and Kravyada forms of Agni, the vedic God of fire

There are two forms of Agni as Jataveda and Kravyada. Jataveda is invoked to burn and carry offerings except flesh to Gods and Kravyada is invoked to burn flesh. I am quoting definition from here. ...
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Translation of the very first Mantra of the Rig Veda

Let me post the relevant part from the comment here for the benefit of the users. Sri Chinmoy was a spiritual master who wrote on various topics especially in the form of poetry. Here, he talks about ...
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How can Wind, Sun and Fire be living beings?

To understand it better, I am answering after keeping your question limited to the Sun. Sun is called Aditya meaning son of Aditi and Kashyap Rishi. How can a star be born from a living being? The ...
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To whom the Durga suktam Of Rig veda is addressed To?

Durga suktam - This is a prayer to the Fire God Agni occurring in the Maha Narayana Upanishad. Section two. Page -93 Durga is used here as a word for difficult problems in almost all the stanzas. ...
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What is the significance of fire in rituals?

Significance of fire in Rituals - Agni is an ancient Hindu deity. Agni is one of the important Vedic Deity. Agni is the god of fire. Agni as High-priest, messenger of gods - Agni accepts ...
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Which Scriptures contain the verse "Arogyam bhaskarad ichcheth"?

The verse which gives the same meaning occurs in the Padma Purana Srishti Kanda Chapter 34. This is said to Sage Pulastya to Bhishma. But the Sanskrit verse has variation. 327-328 O lord of kings, ...
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Why is aarti performed to deities in temples?

I like @Keshav Srinivasan's answer which explains the symbolism behind the Aarthi. I found another reasonable & practical explanation. The old Hindu temples are usually large and the shrines are ...
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What are the five kind of offerings and vedic hymns Srimad Bhagavatham is referring to?

Five kinds of offerings are referring to Vedic sacrifices or the sacred fires recommended for householders because they are said by Agni and he is sapeaking about Vedic sacrifices and offering made in ...
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Have Devas like Indra, Agni, Varun ever done tapasya in order to counter attack Asuras?

References of Devas like Indra, Varun, Agni etc. doing severe tapasya to seek extra ordinary powers/boon in order to counter attack Asuras. Yes in in Brahmanda Purana there is a story of Indra and ...
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When did Krishna fight Varuna and Agni?

When Krishna and his friends were trapped in the forest during the forest fire, Krishna saved them all by swallowing the fire wholly. This is his defeat of Agni. It is described here: http://vedabase....
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Difference between Naishtika Brahmacharya and Sanyasa

A Naishtika Brahmachari is perpetual student. He lives till his death the life that is meant for a student. Does Naishtika Brahmacharya also involve 'Agni-tyaga'? No, because after all it ...
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Why agni is known as jaatavedas?

The verse you have quoted in question is तेऽग्निमब्रुवन् जातवेद एतद्विजानीहि किमेतद्यक्षमिति तथेति ॥ 16 ॥ te'gnimabruvan jātaveda etadvijānīhi kimetadyakṣamiti tatheti || 16 || They ...
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What is the significance of fire in rituals?

Fire is the Vedic Deity Agni. In fire rituals(Yajnas), he(Agni) acts as the messenger & hence indispensable . He carries the Havi(the oblations like Ghee,etc) to the receiver of the Yajna. That ...
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Did Lord Rama create or invent fire?

Yes, Lord Rama created fire. From Ramcharitmanas ताकर दूत अनल जेहिं सिरिजा। जरा न सो तेहि कारन गिरिजा॥ उलटि पलटि लंका सब जारी। कूदि परा पुनि सिंधु मझारी॥4॥ भावार्थ:-(शिवजी कहते हैं-) हे पा...
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Why is aarti performed to deities in temples?

I'm skeptical about this explanation having any scriptural basis, but Steven J. Rosen in his book "Essential Hinduism" claims that the light of the aarati symbolizes the light of spirituality freeing ...
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According to Ramayana/Mahabharat why is Agni (Fire) different from the other pancha bhoota?

There is a story in Mahabharata Santi Parva about a time when virtue and vice disappeared due to unrestrained sexual indulgence. Then the Vedas disappeared. When both the Vedas and righteousness were ...
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Gold as substitute for Agni in sacrifices

Gold is an off spring of Agni (Fire) as mentioned in scriptures. So that is probably the connection which allows gold to be used as a substitute of fire. For example see: 16 Gold is the firstborn of ...
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Different types of sacred fires from Vedic Period?

According to Manusmriti, the three fires Garhapatya, Dakshinagni and Ahavaniya are compared with father, mother and teacher respectively. पिता वै गार्हपत्योग्निर्माताग्निर्दक्षिणाः स्मृताः । गुरुरा...
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What is significance of Agni karyam?

Types of Agnikaryam pratah (morning) Agni karyam sayam (evening) Agni karyam Rules Only Brahmacharis (who wear janoi) can perform it Different in the verses as per veda You must provide homa/ahuti ...
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Why Agni is called 'twice born' in Rigveda?

Agni is twice born in RigVeda the second birth is the ritual fire and household fire ("sva adhvaro raja visham athiti" RV.2.2(8) - king of the ritual pole and guest of the village). This is the Agni ...
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Why Agni is called 'twice born' in Rigveda?

Let's see why Agni is called Twice Born in Rig-Veda sukta 1.149.4 अभि द्विजन्मा त्री रोचनानि विश्वा रजांसि शुशुचनो अस्थात |  होता यजिष्ठो अपां सधस्थे || 1.149.4b || abhi dvijanmā trī ...
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