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rɪgˈveɪ də, -ˈvi dərig-ve·da

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  1. Rig-Vedanoun

    a Veda consisting of a collection of Hindu poems dating from before 2000 BC


  1. Rig-Veda

    The Rigveda or Rig Veda (Sanskrit: ऋग्वेद ṛgveda, from ṛc "praise" and veda "knowledge") is an ancient Indian collection of Vedic Sanskrit hymns (sūktas). It is one of the four sacred canonical Hindu texts (śruti) known as the Vedas. Only one Shakha of the many survive today, namely the Śakalya Shakha. Much of the contents contained in the remaining Shakhas are now lost or are not available in the public forum.The Rigveda is the oldest known Vedic Sanskrit text. Its early layers are among the oldest extant texts in any Indo-European language. The sounds and texts of the Rigveda have been orally transmitted since the 2nd millennium BCE. Philological and linguistic evidence indicates that the bulk of the Rigveda Samhita was composed in the northwestern region of the Indian subcontinent (see Rigvedic rivers), most likely between c. 1500 and 1000 BCE, although a wider approximation of c. 1900–1200 BCE has also been given.The text is layered, consisting of the Samhita, Brahmanas, Aranyakas and Upanishads. The Rigveda Samhita is the core text and is a collection of 10 books (maṇḍalas) with 1,028 hymns (sūktas) in about 10,600 verses (called ṛc, eponymous of the name Rigveda). In the eight books – Books 2 through 9 – that were composed the earliest, the hymns predominantly discuss cosmology, rites, and rituals and praise deities. The more recent books (Books 1 and 10) in part also deal with philosophical or speculative questions, virtues such as dāna (charity) in society, questions about the origin of the universe and the nature of the divine, and other metaphysical issues in their hymns.Some of its verses continue to be recited during Hindu prayer and celebration of rites of passage (such as weddings), making it probably the world's oldest religious text in continued use.


  1. rig-veda

    The Rig-Veda is one of the four sacred Hindu scriptures known as the Vedas, which are the oldest and most important religious texts in Hinduism. The Rig-Veda, believed to have been composed between 1500 and 1200 BCE, is a collection of more than 1,000 hymns to various gods, and is written in Vedic Sanskrit. It is significant for its focus on cosmology, mythology, and history, while exploring complex themes such as ethics, cosmogony, and human nature.

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  1. Rig-Veda

    see Veda

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Rig-Veda in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Rig-Veda in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

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