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The Rig Veda: First Mandala

The Rig Veda: First Mandala

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  • ISBN-13: 9781681142159
  • Publisher: Anaphora Literary Press
  • Release Date: Oct 23, 2015
  • Pages: 258 pages
  • Dimensions: 0.54 x 10.0 x 7.01 inches


The Vedas are ancient books of hymns. There are four-the Rig Veda, Sama Veda, Yajur Veda and Atharva Veda-and they are the primary texts of Hinduism. They had an enormous influence also on Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism. According to Hindus, the text of the Vedas is as old as the universe itself. Scholars have determined that the Rig Veda, the oldest of the four, was composed sometime between 1700 and 1100 B.C.E., codified about 600 B.C.E., and was finally committed to writing around 300 B.C.E. The Rig Veda, composed of ten books, or Mandalas, each of which is a collection of hymns (sūktas), is one of these "great books," but most people-even the well-educated-have never read it. It is very long and the previous translations are unsatisfactory. This book is an attempt to offer a succinct, accurate and readable translation.

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