Rig Veda

Rig Veda

The Rigveda (Sanskrit: ऋग्वेद ṛgveda, a compound of ṛc "praise, verse" and veda "knowledge") is an ancient Indian sacred collection of Vedic Sanskrit hymns. It is counted among the four canonical sacred texts (śruti) of Hinduism known as the Vedas. Some of its verses are still recited as Hindu prayers, at religious functions and other occasions, putting these among the world's oldest religious texts in continued use. The Rigveda contains several mythological and poetical accounts of the origin of the world, hymns praising the gods, and ancient prayers for life, prosperity, etc.

It is one of the oldest extant texts in any Indo-European language. Philological and linguistic evidence indicate that the Rigveda was composed in the north-western region of the Indian subcontinent, roughly between 1700–1100 BC (the early Vedic period). There are strong linguistic and cultural similarities with the early Iranian Avesta, deriving from the Proto-Indo-Iranian times, often associated with the early Andronovo and Sintashta-Petrovka cultures of c. 2200 – 1600 BC.

Read more about Rig Veda:  Text, Contents, Dating and Historical Context, Medieval Hindu Scholarship, Translations

Other articles related to "rig veda, rig":

Pratisakhya - Rig Veda
... One of the Pratisakhyas deal with the phonetic aspects of the Rig Veda ... The work is generally ascribed to be written by Saunaka, an ancient rishi (sage) ...
Aksara's Relevance in The Vedas and The Upanishads
... acquires the meaning imperishable and in the Rig Veda it is directly linked with Rta which is the order of the cosmos and sacrifice when it pervades the cosmos ... From the Rig Veda it is learnt that the origin of Aksara, the syllable, is to be found in the domain of the word (Rig Veda I.55.1) as the source of inspiration (Rig Veda I.34.4 VII.36.7) and ...
Kaushik - In The Rig Veda - Characteristics - Appearance
... In Rig Veda, Indra the solar god is sometimes described as golden-bodied ("Gora" that means golden-yellowish) with golden jaw, nails, hair, beard ... In the Rig Veda, hymn 65 reads, "SAKRA, who is the purifier (of his worshippers), and well-skilled in horses, who is wonderful and golden-bodied." Rig Veda ... Who with exhilarating juice goes forth to all the deities" Indra is described in the Rig Veda of dying his hair a yellow colour from yellow Soma juice ...
Rig Veda - Translations
... was the first to make a complete translation of the Rig Veda into English, published in six volumes during the period 1850–88 ... translation was published by Karl Friedrich Geldner, Der Rig-Veda aus dem Sanskrit ins Deutsche Übersetzt, Harvard Oriental Studies, vols ... Langlois, Rig-véda, ou livre des hymnes, Paris 1948–51 ISBN 2-7200-1029-4 Hungarian Laszlo Forizs, Rigvéda – Teremtéshimnuszok (Creation Hymns of the Rig-Veda), Budapest, 1995 ISBN 963-85349-1-5 Hymns of ...
Svayam Bhagavan - Gaudiya Vaishnava Perspective - Original Purusha of The Vedas
... is given as the name of the self-offering of the great cosmic sacrifice of the Rig Veda ... Narayana is not mentioned in Rig Veda itself, but came to be regarded as the seer who authored the hymn ... Purusha is also identified with Vishnu in the Rig Veda and interpreted accordingly by many traditions of Vaishnavism ...