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Is the Anukramani index of sages and deities of the Rig Veda available online?

It took a lot of work, but through careful searching of the Oxford's Rig Veda translation through Google Books, I was able to compile most of the Anukramani's sage and deity information, except for ...
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How is Lord Shiva revealed in the Rig Veda?

Various aspects of Lord Shiva are revealed under Rudra Suktas of RigVeda. They are like: 1) Revealing of Lord Rudra as One without Second: Lord Rudra in Vedas has one peculiar characteristic ie. He is ...
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Where does Rig Veda say that Shiva is the God who grants Moksha?

Rig Veda in 7.59.12 tells Shiva [Rudra] is the God who grants eternal Mokshya. Rishi Vasistha is the Seer and Rudra is the devta and it invokes the Three Eyed One. The verse is: त्र्यम्बकं यजामहे ...
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Are there any verses which pray for the birth of daughter in Vedas?

It is not that the Vedas only praise the birth of a male child alone. There are instances where female progeny is also praised. Further, it is important to know that the word "putra" does not ...
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Where does Rig Veda states about Cyclical Nature of Creation?

10.190 is the Hymn to the creation in Rig Veda. In it's third verse it states sun and moon were created like that of previous creation. सूरय्याचन्द्रमसौ धाता यथा पूर्वमकल्पयत् I दिवं च पृथ्वी...
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What are the basic facts and summary of what the Rigveda is about?

Rigveda is one of the 4 Vedas. Read this and this to know about Veda or Shruti texts. Vedas are the most basic and primary scriptures of Hinduism and Rigveda is the most ancient among all four Vedas. ...
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Is Shiva Sankalpa Suktam also a Khila Sukta of RigVeda?

Yes, Shiva Sankalpa Sukta is also a Khila Sukta of RigVeda. In the archive site we can find it in the book Rig-Veda Sayana Commentary Part 4 in the Khilani section where Khila Suktas of RigVeda are ...
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Are there any verses which pray for the birth of daughter in Vedas?

There is a verse in Brihadaranyaka Upanishad 6.4.17 , Which says - अथ य इच्छेद्दुहिता मे पण्डिता जायेत , सर्वमायु-रियादिति, तिलौदनं पाचयित्वा सर्पिम्षन्तमश्रीयाताम् ; इश्वरौ जनयितवै ||१७|| ...
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Why is Surya referred to as Martanda?

Is this story of Surya being born dead and revived later given in any scripture? Yes , apart from Brahma Purana , we find the brief mentioning of Aditya or Sun God being born dead and revived later ...
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Does the word Purusha occur in the Rig Veda other than Purusha Suktam?

Yes, the word 'Purusha' is used in several places like: प्रयाजान्मे अनुयाजाँश्च केवलानूर्जुस्वन्तं हविषो दत्त भागम्। घृतं चापा पुरुषं चौषधीनामग्नेश्च दीर्घमायुरस्तु देवा।। (RigVeda 10.51.8) ...
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Who eliminated Manmatha - Lord Indra?

No, Lord Rudra is the destroyer of Manmatha. It is told by Sita herself in the Aranya Kanda: यदि पश्येत् स रामः त्वाम् रोष दीप्तेन चक्षुषा । रक्षः त्वम् अद्य निर्दग्धो यथा रुद्रेण मन्मधः ॥ ३-५६-...
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Do all Vedic mantras start with "hari om"?

No Vedic Mantras start with "Harihi Om". It is not required to do so. But, there is a rule by which all Vedic recitals must start and finish with the Pranava or OM. BrahmAnah pranavah kuryAd AdAv ...
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Is there any mention of the Mahamrityunjay Mantra in the Puranas?

Here is a verse from the Shiva Gita (Padma Purana) where different mantras are chanted in praise of Lord Shiva/Rudra and the Trayambakam mantra is mentioned: सौन्दर्यसारसंदोहां ददर्श रघुनन्दनः। ...
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Do Vedas support the practice of Satī?

By seeing an alternate translation of that verse, i.e. Rig Veda 10.18.8, it says the opposite of Sati. Rise, woman, (and go) to the world of living beings: come, this man near whom you sleep is ...
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Did Trisiras predict his own death in a Vedic hymn?

Yes, he did. I found the answer in this excerpt from the sixth Adhyaya of the Brihaddevata, an ancient work by the sage Shaunaka that describes the different gods that Rig Vedic verses are addressed ...
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What scriptures describe Indra defeating Asuras using Dadhichi's old horse head?

The story is told in the Brahmanas of the Sama Veda.. Here is what this excerpt from the Jaiminiya Brahmana of the Sama Veda says: Dadhyanch the Atharvana was famous, learned in sacred lore. ...
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How did Vishnu help Indra in killing Vritra?

The full story is described in Srimad Bhagvata MahaPurana, Skandha 6, Adhyaya 9 to 12. SB 6.9: Appearance of the Demon Vṛtrāsura SB 6.10: The Battle Between the Demigods and Vṛtrāsura SB 6.11: The ...
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Who is vAk (the speech) in Rig Veda 10:125?

The eight Mantras of the Suktam in question were revealed to a female Rishi (or RishikA) called VAk, the daughter of Rishi Ambhrina. And, that is why it is called the VAk Suktam. Another popular name ...
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What does the word 'Asura' mean in the Vedas?

The word Asura has 2 meanings in the text Rig Veda In positive sense and negative sense. The word asa means breath and the word Asura would mean who has his strength in the breath or who is the ...
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Who are the demonic beings called Yatudhanas?

A Yatudhana is a type of Rakshasa. The demoness created by by the king Vrishadarbhi is referred to as both a Yatudhani and a Rakshasi in this chapter of the Anushasana Parva of the Mahabharata: ...
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Is there any mention of the Mahamrityunjay Mantra in the Puranas?

Linga Purana, Vol 2, Chapter 54 is completely dedicated to Tryambaka mantra alone. It describes the procedure of worshipping Shivalinga with Tryambaka mantra. त्रियंबकेण मंत्रेण देवदेवं त्रियंबकम्। ...
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Who is devi in devi suktam?

Vaak Suktam Or Devi Suktam is in Rig- Veda - Mandala 10 as sukta 125. The Rishika of this sukam is Vagambharni i.e. this sukta has been heard by a female sage by name Vaak , who is 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?

This is what the Rig Veda hymns say: reference Mandal 10 Sutak 85 Mantra 30 The hindi version clearly states that in certain condition if the husband engages with his wife then his body too will be ...
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Who is the Rig Vedic god Manyu who resembles Indra?

Wiki is right. Manyu is one of the Rudra among many forms of Rudra. As described in this chapter of Shatapatha Brahamana: And as to why he performs the Satarudriya offering. When Pragâpati had ...
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Who are the Havirdhanas mentioned in RIgveda?

The Havirdhanas are the two carts used to carry the Soma offerings in Soma Sacrifice from outside to main Place of Yajna . These two carts Havirdhanas are considered as gods. One is Heaven and ...
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What exactly is the story of the Aditya called Bhaag/Bhaga?

According to Shrimada Bhagavata Purana, Canto 6, Chapter 6, Verse 39, Bhaga is the son of Aditi so is one of the twelve Adityas. Now please hear me as I describe the descendants of Aditi in ...
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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? The deity of any Vedic Sukta/Mantra does not vary with schools ... The three limbs of any Vedic Mantra are fixed and no ...
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What does this Rig Veda verse mean about the fivefold human race?

य एकश्चर्षणीनां वसूनमिरज्यति |इन्द्र पञ्च क्षितिनाम् || RV 1.7.9 || Indra who alone rules over men , over riches , and over five (classes) of the dwellers on earth. (H.H.Wilson) The the sanskrit word ...
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