Rigvedic Deities
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Rigvedic Deities

There are 1,028 hymns (s?kta) in the Rigveda, the principal text of the historical Vedic religion of the Vedic period (1500-500 BCE). Most of these hymns are dedicated to specific deities. The most prominent deity is Indra, slayer of Vritra and destroyer of the Vala, liberator of the cows and the rivers; Agni the sacrificial fire and messenger of the gods; and Soma, the ritual drink dedicated to Indra, are additional principal deities.[1][2]

Deities by prominence

List of Rigvedic deities by a number of dedicated hymns, after Griffith (1888). Some dedications are to paired deities, such as Indra-Agni, Mitra-Varuna, Soma-Rudra, here counted double. Vishvadevas (all gods together) have been invoked 70 times.

Minor deities (one single or no dedicated hymn)

See also


  1. ^ "Vedic religion". Encyclopedia Britannica.
  2. ^ Flood 1996, p. 21-22.
  3. ^ Noel Seth,"Man's Relation to God in the Varuna Hymns," in the St. Thomas Christian Encyclopaedia of India, Ed. George Menachery, Vol.III, 2010, pp.4 ff.


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