Skip to main content

5 Interesting Facts about Rig Veda

Interesting Facts about Rig Veda

In this article I share 5 interesting facts about the Rigveda, which is an ancient Indian Hindu sacred collection of hymns and is among the most sacred Hindu works.

Presented below are 5 Interesting Facts about Rig Veda.

#1 Interesting Facts about Rig Veda
Rig Veda is the oldest existing text in any Indo-European language. Rig Veda was composed around 1700 BC with the oldest parts as early as 2000 BC. Source.

When Europe and Arab lands were populated by barbaric hunter gatherers, Hindu philosophers were composing awesome hymns!

#2 Interesting Facts about Rig Veda
Rig Veda is the world's oldest religious text in continuous use.

4000 years of unbroken tradition is something unheard of anywhere else in the world ! In Western countries, given their extreme materialism, even children don't take care of their parents, so tradition is an alien concept for them.

#3 Interesting Facts about Rig Veda
The Rig Veda was not written down until ~500 AD. From 2000 BC till 1900, Rig Veda was transmitted orally from generation to generation by Brahmins.

Interesting Facts about Rig Veda Oral Tradition
Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

In order to achieve this difficult task, Brahmins developed an elaborate and a meticulous systems of recitation, and managed to transmit the Rig Veda with purity despite Greek invasion, Huns and bloody and terrorizing Muslim invasions.

An amazing feat which has never happened anywhere else in the world!

#4 Interesting Facts about Rig Veda 
The Rig Veda is organized as Mandala (books), sukta (hymns) and riks (prayers). There are total of 10 mandalas, 1028 hymns and 10552 riks.

And these books and the number of hymns in each book, have a hidden astronomical code encoding facts about the passage of the sun and the moon. Source

#5 Interesting Facts about Rig Veda  
The most popular Rishi family (composer) is that of the Angiras who have composed 35% of the hymns followed by the Kanva family who have composed 25% of Rig Veda.

What is most interesting is  that there were many women Rishis even 4000 years back. Even today in many places like Saudi,women are treated like cattle, but in ancient India women were held in high esteem

11 Amazing Facts about Rig Veda
Astronomical Code of Rig Veda

--- END ---

I hope you enjoyed 5 interesting facts about Rig Veda. Please leave your comments/ suggestions below or send me an email.


  1. to get free krishna images

  2. I am really loving the theme/design of your web site. Do you ever run into any browser compatibility issues?
    A couple of my blog readers have complained about my website
    not working correctly in Explorer but looks great in Opera.
    Do you have any solutions to help fix this problem?

  3. Superb... we can't understand that language and they are trying to tell something to us.

  4. It was very nice , this is very intresting

  5. I happened to reach your site, a few days back, while surfing on Indian philosophy. And since then, have been devouring the articles written by you, both on as well as on indiafacts.I have loved each one of your posts and hope to see more of similar articles from your end.


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Adya Stotram in Bengali Font

A lot of people have requested me for online Adya Stotram in Bengali font . That is why I am presenting the same here. The Adya Stotram / আদ্যা স্তোত্র / आद्या स्तोत्रम्  is a hymn in praise of Adya Ma.  It is very popular in West Bengal, among Hindu Bengalis in Islamic Bangladesh and worldwide. There are a number if positive side effects of daily reciting Adya stotram Daily recitation of Adya Stotram protects from sickness, danger during travel especially by water,  during wars and during troubled times One will receive the same amount of blessing as undertaking holy pilgrimage if one recites Adya Stotram daily Below I am presenting Adya Stotram in Bengali font for the benefit of my Bengali friends.   To know more about Adya Stotram you may read the following. Introduction to Adya Stotram English translation of Adya Stotram 01 02 03 04 05 Introduction and explanation of Adya Stotram with Sanskrit, Bengali and English text You can listen to a recording of Ad

Adya Stotram

The Adya Stotram / আদ্যা স্তোত্র / आद्या स्तोत्रम् , which is very popular in West Bengal, is a hymn in tribute to Adya Ma.  It has 20 shlokas in Sanskrit written in very simple language and talks about the greatness of Adya Ma and the benefits of understanding and reciting the stotram. The benefits of daily recitation of the Stotram are: Protection from death, sickness and fear Conceiving, for those women who are childless Protection from any danger during travel especially by water Protection during wars Protection during troubled times Receiving the same amount of blessing as going on holy pilgrimage Adya Ma is regarded as the physical form (manifestation) of Adya Shakti. Adya Shakti is the primary supreme force of Nature and is regarded as the force essential to the existence of the other forces on Nature. She is worshiped in the form of Goddess Kali. She has a famous temple dedicated to her in Dakshineshwar , West Bengal. The Adya Stotram (hymn) is

Jagaddhatri Stotram and Jagadhatri Puja

  Jagaddhatri also spelled as Jagadhatri (Devnagri: जगद्धात्री, Bengali: জগদ্ধাত্রী) literally means She Who Holds the World or the Protector of the World . She is a form of Devi Durga. She is highly revered in West Bengal, especially in Chandernagore (my ancestral home) which has the biggest celebration of Jagaddhatri Puja in India. People come from all parts of India to Chandannagar to enjoy the amazing light works and show. Other places where the Puja is celebrated with gusto are Bhadreshwar, Hooghly, Rishra and Krishnanagar. Jagadhatri Puja is celebrated on the ninth day of the waxing phase of moon in Kartick month in West Bengal. Outside West Bengal, the Puja is also celebrated as Jagadamaba Puja or Dhatri Puja. Jagaddhatri Puja in Chandannagar The origins of Jagaddhatri Puja in Chandannagar date back to as early as 1750. It is believed that Indranarayan Choudhury, a local zamindar in Chandannagar started performing Jagadhatri Puja at his home. He was closely asso