RIG VEDA - BOOK THE SIXTH
HYMN I. Agni.
1. THOU, first inventor of this prayer, O Agni, Worker of Marvels, hast become
Thou, Bull, hast made us strength which none may conquer, strength that shall
overcome all other prowess.
2 As Priest thou sattest at the seat of worship, furthering us, best Offerer,
meet for honour.
So first to thee have pious men resorted, turning thy mind to thoughts of ample
3 In thee, still watching, they have followed riches, who goest with much wealth
as with an army,
The radiant Agni, lofty, fair to look on, worshipped with marrow, evermore
4 They who approached the God's abode with homage, eager for glory, won them
Yea, they gained even sacrificial titles, and found delight in thine auspicious
5 On earth the people magnify thee greatly, thee their celestial and terrestrial
Thou, Helper, must be known as our Preserver, Father and Mother of mankind for
6 Dear priest among mankind, adorable Agni hath seated him, joy-giver, skilled
Let us approach thee shining in thy dwelling, kneeling upon our knees, with
7 Longing for bliss, pure-minded, God-devoted, Agni, we seek thee, such, meet to
Thou, Agni, leddest forth our men to battle, refulgent with the heaven's exalted
8 Sage of mankind, all peoples' Lord and Master, the Bull of men, the sender
down of blessings,
Still pressing on, promoting, purifying, Agni the Holy One, the Lord of riches.
9 Agni, the mortal who hath toiled and worshipped, brought thee oblations with
his kindled fuel,
And well knows sacrifice with adoration, gains every joy with thee to guard and
10 Mightily let us worship thee the Mighty, with reverence, Agni! fuel and
With songs, O Son of Strength, with hymns, with altar: so may we strive for
thine auspicious favour.
11 Thou who hast covered heaven and earth with splendour and with thy glories,
glorious and triumphant.
Continue thou to shine on us, O Agni, with strength abundant, rich, and long
12 Vouchsafe us ever, as man needs, O Vasu, abundant wealth of kine for son and
Food noble, plenteous, far from sin and evil, he with us, and fair fame to make
13 May I obtain much wealth in many places by love of thee and through thy
grace, King Agni;
For in thee Bounteous One, in thee the Sovran, Agni, are many boons for him who
HYMN II. Agni.
1. THOU, Agni, even as Mitra, hast a princely glory of thine own.
Thou, active Vasu, makest fame increase like full prosperity.
2 For, verily, men pray to thee with sacrifices and with songs.
To thee the Friendly Courser, seen of all, comes speeding through the air.
3 Of one accord men kindle thee Heaven's signal of the sacrifice,
When, craving bliss, this race of man invites thee to the solemn rite.
4 Let the man thrive who travails sore, in prayer, far thee the Bountiful.
He with the help of lofty Dyaus comes safe through straits of enmity.
5 The mortal who with fuel lights thy flame and offers unto thee,
Supports a house with many a branch, Agni, to live a hundred years.
6 Thy bright smoke lifts itself aloft, and far-extended shines in heaven.
For, Purifier! like the Sun thou beamest with thy radiant glow.
7 For in men's houses thou must be glorified as a well-loved guest,
Gay like an elder in a fort, claiming protection like a son.
8 Thou, Agni, like an able steed, art urged by wisdom in the wood.
Thou art like wind; food, home art thou, like a young horse that runs astray.
9 E'en things imperishable, thou, O Agni, like a gazing ox,
Eatest, when hosts, Eternal One! of thee the Mighty rend the woods.
10 Agni, thou enterest as Priest the home of men who sacrifice.
Lord of the people, prosper them. Accept the ofrering, Angiras!
11 O Agni, God with Mitra's might, call hither the favour of the Gods from earth
Bring weal from heaven, that men may dwell securely. May we o'ercome the foe's
malign oppressions, may we o'ercome them, through thy help o'ercome them.
HYMN III. Agni.
1. TRUE, guardian of the Law, thy faithful servant wins ample light and dwells
in peace, O Agni,
Whom thou, as Varuna in accord with Mitra, guardest, O God, by banishing his
2 He hath paid sacrifices, toiled in worship, and offered gifts to
Him the displeasure of the famous moves not, outrage and scorn affect not such a
3 Bright God, whose look is free from stain like Surya's, thou, swift, what time
thou earnestly desirest,
Hast gear to give us. Come with joy at evening, where, Child of Wood, thou
mayest also tarry.
4 Fierce is his gait and vast his wondrous body: he champeth like a horse with
bit and bridle,
And, darting forth his tongue, as 'twere a hatchet, burning the woods, smelteth
them like a smelter.
5 Archer-like, fain toshoot, he sets his arrow, and whets his splendour like the
edge of iron:
The messenger of night with brilliant pathway, like a tree-roosting bird of
6 In beams of morn he clothes him like the singer, and bright as Mitra with his
Red in the night, by day the men's possession: red, he belongs to men by day,
7 Like Heaven's when scattering beams his voice was uttered: among the plants
the radiant Hero shouted,
Who with his glow in rapid course came hither to fill both worlds, well-wedded
Dames, with treasure.
8 Who, with supporting streams and rays that suit him, hath flashed like
lightning with his native vigour.
Like the deft Maker of the band of Maruts, the bright impetuous One hath shone
HYMN IV Agni.
1. As at man's service of the Gods, Invoker, thou, Son of Strength, dost
sacrifice and worship,
So bring for us to-day all Gods together, bring willingly the willing Gods, O
2 May Agni, radiant Herald of the morning, meet to be known, accept our praise
Dear to all life, mid mortal men Immortal, our guest, awake at dawn, is
3 Whose might the very heavens regard with wonder: bright as the Sun he clothes
himself with lustre.
He who sends forth,, Eternal Purifier, hath shattered e'en the ancient works of
4 Thou art a Singer, Son! our feast-companion: Agni at birth prepared his food
Therefore vouchsafe us strength, O Strength-bestower. Win like a King: foes
trouble not thy dwelling.
5 Even he who cats his firm hard food with swiftness,and overtakes the nights as
May we o'ercome those who resist thine orders, like a steed casting down the
6 Like Surya with his fulgent rays, O Agni, thou overspreadest both the worlds
Decked with bright colour he dispels the darkness, like Ausija, with clear flame
7 We have elected thee as most delightful for thy beams' glow: hear our great
laud, O Agni.
The best men praise thee as the peer of Indra in strength, mid Gods, like Viyu
in thy bounty.
8 Now, Agni, on the tranquil paths of riches come to us for our weal: save us
Grant chiefs and bard this boon. May we live happy, with hero children, through
a hundred winters.
HYMN V. Agni.
1. I INVOCATE your Son of Strength, the Youthful, with hymns, the Youngest God,
whose speech is guileless;
Sage who sends wealth comprising every treasure, bringer of many boons, devoid
2 At eve and morn thy pious servants bring thee their precious gifts, O Priest
of many aspects,
On whom, the Purifier, all things living as on firm. ground their happiness have
3 Thou from of old hast dwelt among these people, by mental power the charioteer
Hence sendest thou, O sapient Jatavedas, to him who serves thee treasures in
4 Agni, whoever secretly attacks us, the neighbour, thou with Mitra's might! who
Burn him with thine own Steers for ever youthful, burning with burning heat,
thou fiercest burner.
5 He who serves thee with sacrifice and fuel, with hymn, O Son of Strength, and
Shines out, Immortal! in the midst of mortals, a sage, with wealth, with
splendour and with glory.
6 Do this, O Agni, when we urge thee, quickly, triumphant in thy might subdue
When thou art praised with words and decked with brightness, accept this chanted
hymn, the singer's worship.
7 Help us, that we may gain this wish, O Agni, gain riches, Wealthy One! with
store of heroes.
Desiring strength from thee may we be strengthened, and win, Eternal! thine
HYMN VI. Agni.
1. HE who seeks furtherance and grace to help him goes to the Son of Strength
with newest worship,
Calling the heavenly Priest to share the banquet, who rends the wood, bright,
with his blackened pathway.
2 White-hued and thundering he dwells in splendour, Most Youthful, with the
loudvoiced and eternal-
Agni, most variform, the Purifier, who follows crunching many ample forests.
3 Incited by the wind thy flames, O Agni, move onward, Pure One! pure, in all
Thy most destructive heavenly Navagvas break the woods down and devastate them
4 Thy pure white horses from their bonds are loosened: O Radiant One, they shear
the ground beneath them,
And far and wide shines out thy flame, and flickers rapidly moving over earth's
5 Forth darts the Bull's tongue like the sharp stone weapon discharged by him
who fights to win the cattle.
Agni's fierce flame is like a hero's onset: dread and resistless he destroys the
6 Thou with the sunlight of the great Impeller hast boldly over-spread the
So drive away with conquering might all perils. fighting out foemen burn up
those who harm us.
7 Wondrous! of wondrous power! give to the singer wealth wondrous, marked, most
Wealth bright, O Bright One, vast, with many heroes, give with thy bright flames
to the man who lauds thee.
HYMN VII. Agni.
1. Him, messenger of earth and head of heaven, Agni Vaisvanara, born in holy
The Sage, the King, the guest of men, a vessel fit for their mouths, the Gods
2 Him have they praised, mid-point of sacrifices, great cistern of libations,
seat of riches.
Vaisvanara, conveyer of oblations, ensign of worship, have the Gods engendered.
3 From thee, O Agni, springs the mighty singer, from thee come heroes who subdue
O King, Vaisvanara, bestow thou on us excellent treasures worthy to belonged fo
4 To thee, Immortal! when to life thou springest, all the Gods sing for joy as
to their infant.
They by thy mental powers were made immortal, Vaisvanara, when thou shonest from
5 Agni Vaisvanara, no one hath ever resisted these thy mighty ordinances,
When thou, arising from thy Parents' bosom, foundest the light for days'
6 The summits of the heaven are traversed through and through by the Immortal's
light, Vaisvanara's brilliancy.
All creatures in existence rest upon his head. The Seven swift-flowing Streams
have grown like branches forth,
7 Vaisvanara, who measured out the realms of air, Sage very wise who made the
lucid spheres of heaven,
The Undeceivable who spread out all the worlds, keeper is he and guard of
HYMN VIII. Agni.
1. AT Jatavedas' holy gathering I will tell aloud the conquering might of the
swift red-hued Steer.
A pure and fresher hymn flows to Vaisvanara, even as for Agni lovely Soma is
2 That Agni, when in loftiest heaven he sprang to life, Guardian of Holy Laws,
kept and observed them well.
Exceeding wise, he measured out the firmament. Vaisvanara attained to heaven by
3 Wonderful Mitra propped the heaven and earth apart, and covered and concealed
the darkness with his light.
He made the two bowls part asunder like two skins. Vaisvanara put forth all his
4 The Migbty seized him in the bosom of the floods: the people waited on the
King who should be praised.
As envoy of Vivasvan MatariSvan brought Agni Vaisvanara hither from far away.
5 In every age bestow upon the singers wealth, worthy of holy synods, glorious,
King, undecaying, as it were with sharpened bolt, smite down the sinner like a
tree with lightning-flash.
6 Do thou bestow, O Agni, on our wealthy chiefs, rule, with good heroes,
undecaying, bending not.
So may we win for us strength. O Vaisvanara, hundredfold, thousandfold, O Agni,
by thy help.
7 O thou who dwellest in three places, Helper, keep with effective guards our
Keep our band, Agni, who have brought thee presents. Lengthen their lives,
Vaisvanara, when lauded.
HYMN IX. Agni.
1. ONE half of day is dark, and bright the other: both atmospheres move on by
Agni Vaisvanara, when born as Sovran, hath with his lustre overcome the
2 I know not either warp or woof, I know not the web they weave when moving to
Whose son shall here speak words that must be spoken without assistance from the
Father near him?
3 For both the warp and woof he understandeth, and in due time shall speak what
should be spoken,
Who knoweth as the immortal world's Protector, descending, seeing with no aid
4 He is the Priest, the first of all: behold him. Mid mortal men he is the light
Here was he born, firm-seated in his station Immortal, ever waxing in his body.
5 A firm light hath been set for men to look on: among all things that fly the
mind is swiftest.
All Gods of one accord, with one intention, move unobstructed to a single
6 Mine ears unclose to hear, mine eye to see him; the light that harbours in my
Far roams my mind whose thoughts are in the distance. What shall I speak, what
shall I now imagine?
7 All the Gods bowed them down in fear before thee, Agni, when thou wast
dwelling in the darkness.
Vaisvanara be gracious to assist us, may the Immortal favour us and help us.
HYMN X. Agni.
1. INSTALL at sacrifice, while the rite advances, your pleasant, heavenly Agni,
meet for praises.
With hymns-for he illumines us-install him. He, Jatavedas, makes our rites
2 Hear this laud, Radiant Priest of many aspects, O Agni with the fires of man
Laud which bards send forth pure as sacred butter, strength to this man, as 'twere
3 Mid mortal men that singer thrives in glory who offers gifts with hymns of
praise to Agni,
And the God, wondrous bright, with wondrous succours helps him to win a stable
filled with cattle.
4 He, at his birth, whose path is black behind him, filled heaven and earth with
And he himself hath been. through night's thick darkness, made manifest by
light, the Purifier.
5 With thy most mighty aid, confer, O Agni, wonderful wealth on us and on our
Who stand preeminent, surpassing others in liberal gifts, in fame, and hero
6 Agni, accept this sacrifice with gladness, which, seated here, the worshipper
Fair hymns hadst thou among the Bharadvajas, and holpest them to gain abundant
7 Scatter our foes, increase our store. May we he glad a hundred winters with
HYMN XI. Agni.
1. EAGERLY Sacrifice thou, most skilful, Agni! Priest, pressing on as if the
Maruts sent thee.
To our oblation bring the two Nasatyas, Mitra and Varuna and Earth and Heaven.
2 Thou art our guileless, most delightful Herald, the God, among mankind, of
A Priest with purifying tongue, O Agni, sacrifice with thy mouth to thine own
3 For even the blessed longing that is in thee would bring the Gods down to the
When the Angirases' sagest Sage, the Poet, sings the sweet measure at the solemn
4 Bright hath he beamed, the wise, the far-refulgent. Worship the two
widespreading Worlds, O Agni,
Whom as the Living One rich in oblations the Five Tribes, bringing gifts, adorn
5 When I with reverence clip the grass for Agni, when the trimmed ladle, fullof
oil, is lifted,
Firm on the seat of earth is based the altar: eye-like, the sacrifice is
6 Enrich us, O thou Priest of many aspects, with the Gods, Agni, with thy fires,
O Son of Strength, clad in the robe of riches, may we escape from woe as from
HYMN XII. Agni.
1. KING of trimmed grass, Herald within the dwelling, may Agni worship the
He, Son of Strength, the Holy, from a distance hath spread himself abroad with
light like Surya.
2 In thee, most wise, shall Dyaus, for full perfection, King! Holy One!
pronounce the call to worship.
Found in three places, like the Speeder's footstep, come to present men's riches
3 Whose blaze most splendid, sovran in the forest, shines waxing on his way like
the - Impeller.
He knows himself, like as a guileless smelter, not to be stayed among the
4 Our friends extol him like a steed for vigour even Agni in the dwelling,
Trce-fed, he fights with power as doth a champion, like Dawn's Sire to be
praised with sacrifices.
5 Men wonder at his shining glows when, paring the woods with case, o'er the
broad earth he goeth,
And, like a rushing flood, loosed quickly, burneth, swift as a guilty thief,
o'er desert places.
6 So mighty thou protectest us from slander, O Champion, Agni! with all fires
Bring opulence and drive away affliction. May brave sons gladden us through a
HYMN XIII. Agni.
1. FROM thee, as branches from a tree, O Agni, from thee, Auspicious God! spring
all our blessings-
Wealth swiftly, strength in battle with our foemen, the rain besought of heaven,
the flow of waters.
2 Thou art our Bhaga to send wealth thou dwellest, like circumambient air, with
Friend art thou of the lofty Law, like Mitra, Controller, Agni! God! of many a
3 Agni! the hero slays with might his foeman; the singer bears away the Pani's
Even he whom thou, Sage, born in Law, incitest by wealth, accordant with the
Child of Waters.
4 The man who, Son of Strength 1 with sacrifices, hymns, lauds, attracts thy
fervour to the altar,
Enjoys each precious thing, O God, O Agni, gains wealth of corn and is the lord
5 Grant, Son of Strength, to men for their subsistence such things as bring high
fame and hero children.
For thou with might givest much food in cattle even to the wicked wolf when he
6 Eloquent, Son of Strength, Most Mighty, Agni, vouchsafe us seed and offspring,
full of vigour.
May I by all my songs obtain abundance. May brave sons gladden us through a
HYMN XIV. Agni.
1. WHOSO to Agni hath endeared his thought and service by his hymns,
That mortal cats before the rest, and finds sufficiency of food.
2 Agni, in truth, is passing wise, most skilled in ordering, a Seer.
At sacrifices Manus' sons glorify Agni as their Priest.
3 The foeman's wealth in many a place, Agni, is emulous to help.
Men fight the fiend, and seek by rites to overcome the riteless foe.
4 Agni bestows the hero chief, winner of waters, firm in fray.
Soon as they look upon his might his enemies tremble in alarm.
5 For with his wisdom Agni, God, protects the mortal from reproach,
Whose conquering wealth is never checked, is never checked in deeds of might.
6 O Agni, God with Mitra's might call hither the favour of the Gods from earth
Bring weal from heaven that men may dwell securely. May we o'ercome the foe's
malign oppressions, may we o'ercome them, through thy help o'ercome them.
HYMN XV. Agni.
1. WITH this my song I strive to reach this guest of yours, who wakes at early
morn, the Lord of all the tribes.
Each time he comes from heaven, the Pure One from of old: from ancient days the
Child cats everlasting food.
2 Whom, well-dis sed, the Blirgus stablished as a rriend, whom men must glorify,
high-flaming in the wood.
As such, most friendly, thou art every day extolled in lauds by Vitahavya, O
thou wondrous God.
3 Be thou the foeless helper of the skilful man, subduer of the enemy near or
Bestow a wealthy home on men, O Son of Strength. Give Vitahavya riches spreading
far and wide, give Bharadvaja wide-spread wealth.
4 Him, your refulgent guest, Agni who comes from heaven, the Herald of mankind,
well-skilled in sacred rites,
Who, like a holy singer, utters heavenly words, oblation-bearer, envoy, God, I
seek with hymns.
5 Who with his purifying, eye-attracting form hath shone upon the earth as with
the light of Dawn;
Who speeding on, as in the fight of Etaia, cometh, untouched by age, as one
athirst in heat.
6 Worship ye Agni, Agni, with your log of wood; praise your beloved, your
beloved guest with songs.
Invite ye the Immortal hither with your hymns. A God among the Gods, he loveth
what is choice, loveth our service, God mid Gods.
7 Agni inflamed with fuel in my song I sing, pure, Cleanser, steadlast, set in
tront at sacrifice.
Wise Jatavedas we implore with prayers for bliss the Priest, the holy Singer,
bounteous, void of guile.
8 Men, Agni, in each age have made thee, Deathiess One, their envoy,
offering-bearer, guard adorable.
With reverence Gods and mortals have established thee, the ever-watchful,
omnipresent Household Lord.
9 Thou, Agni, ordering the works and ways of both, as envoy of the Gods
traversest both the worlds.
When we lay claim to thy regard and gracious fare, be thou to us a
thriceprotecting friendly guard.
10 Him fair of face, rapid, and fair to look on, him very wise may we who know
Let him who knows all rules invite for worship, Agru announce our offering to
11 Him, Agni, thou deliverest and savest who brings him prayer to thee the Wise,
The end of sacrifice or its inception; yea, thou endowest him with power and
12 Guard us from him who would assail us, Agni; preserve us, O thou Victor, from
Here let the place of darkening come upon thee: may wealth be ours, desirable in
13 Agni, the Priest, is King, Lord of the homestead, he, Jatayedas, knows all
Most skilful worshipper mid Gods and mortals, may he begin the sacrifice, the
14 Whate'er to-day thou, bright-flamed Priest, enjoyest from the man's rite-for
thou art sacrificer-
Worship, for duly dost thou spread in greatness: bear off thine ofrerings of
to-day, Most Youthful.
15 Look thou upon the viands duly laid for thee. Fain would he set thee here to
worship Heaven and,Earth.
Help us, O liberal Agni, in the strife for spoil, so that we may o'ercome all
things that trouble us, o'ercome, o'ercome them with thy help.
16 Together with all Gods, O fair-faced Agni, be seated first upon the woollined
Nest-like, bedewed with oil. Bear this our worship to Savitar who sacrifices
17 Here the arranging priests, as did Atharvan, rub this Agni forth,
Whom, not bewildered, as he moved in winding ways, they brought from gloom.
18 For the Gods' banquet be thou born, for full perfection and for weal.
Bring the Immortal Gods who strengthen holy Law: so let our sacrifice reach the
19 O Agni, Lord and Master of men's homesteads, with kindled fuel we have made
Let not our household gear be found defective. Sharpen us with thy penetrating
HYMN XVI. Agni.
1. PRIEST of all sacrifices hast thou been appointed by the Gods,
Agni, amid the race of man.
2 So with thy joyous tongues for us sacrifice nobly in this rite.
Bring thou the Gods and worship them.
3 For well, O God, Disposer, thou knowest, straight on, the paths and ways,
Agni, most wise in sacrifice.
4 Thee, too, hath Bharata of old, with mighty men, implored for bliss.
And worshipped thee the worshipful.
5 Thou givest these abundant boons to Divodasa pouring forth,
To Bharadvaja offering gifts.
6 Do thou, Immortal Messenger, bring hither the Celestial Folk;
Hearing the singer's eulogy.
7 Mortals with pious thought implore thee, Agni, God, at holy rites,
To come unto the feast of Gods.
8 I glorify thine aspect and the might of thee the Bountilul.
All those who love shall joy in thee,
9 Invoker placed by Manus, thou, Agni, art near, the wisest Priest:
Pay worship to the Tribes of Heaven.
10 Come, Agni, lauded, to the feast; come to the offering of the gifts.
As Priest be seated on the grass.
11 So, Angiras, we make thee strong with fuel and with holy oil.
Blaze high, thou youngest of the Gods.
12 For us thou winnest, Agni, God, heroic strength exceeding great,
Far-spreading and of high renown.
13 Agni, Atharvan brought thee forth, by rubbing, from the lotus-flower,
The head of Visva, of the Priest.
14 Thee. Vrtra's slayer, breaker down of castles, hath Atharvan's son,
Dadhyac the Rsi, lighted up.
15 The hero Pathya kindled thee the Dasyus'. most destructive foe,
Winner of spoil in every fight.
16 Come, here, O Agni, will I sing verily other songs to thee,
And with these drops shalt thou grow strong.
17 Where'er tby mind applies itself, vigour preeminent bast thou:
There wilt thou gain a dwelling-place.
18 Not for a moment only lasts thy bounty, good to many a one!
Our service therefore shalt thou gain.
19 Agni, the Bharata, hath been sought, the Vrtra-slayer, marked of all,
Yea, Divodasa's Hero Lord.
20 For he gave riches that surpass in greatness all the things of earth,
Fighting untroubled, unsubdued.
21 Thou, Agni, as in days of old, with recent glory, gathered light,
Hast overspread the lofty heaven.
22 Bring to your Agni, O my friends, boldly your laud and sacrifice:
Give the Disposer praise and song.
23 For as sagacious Herald he hath sat through every age of man,
24 Bring those Two Kings whose ways are pure, Adityas, and the Marut host,
Excellent God! and Heaven and Earth.
25 For strong and active mortal man, excellent, Agni, is the look Of thee
Immortal, Son of Strength
26 Rich through his wisdom, noblest be the giver serving thee to-day:
The man hath brought his hymn of praise.
27 These, Agni, these are helped by thee, who strong and active all their lives,
O'ercome the malice of the foe, fight down the malice ofthe foe.
28 May Agni with his pointed blaze cast down each fierce devouring fiend
May Agni win us wealth by war.
29 O active Jatavedas, bring riches with store of hero sons:
Slay thou the demons, O Most Wise.
30 Keep us, O Jatavedas, from the troubling of the man of sin:
Guard us thou Sage who knowest prayer.
31 Whatever sinner, Agni, brings oblations to procure our death,
Save us from woe that he would work.
32 Drive from us with thy tongue, O God, the man who doeth evil deeds,
The mortal who would strike us dead.
33 Give shelter reaching far and wide to Bharadvaja, conquering Lord!
Agni, send wealth most excellent.
34 May Agni slay the Vrtras,-fain for riches, through the lord of song,
Served with oblation, kindled, bright.
35 His Father's Father, shining in his Mother's everlasting side,
Set on the seat of holy Law.
36 O active Jatavedas, bring devotion that wins progeny, Agni, that it may shine
37 O Child of Strength, to thee whose look is lovely we with dainty food,
O Agni, have poured forth our songs.
38 To thee for shelter are we come, as to the shade from fervent heat
Agni, who glitterest like gold.
39 Mighty as one who slays with shafts, or like a bull with sharpened horn,
Agni, thou breakest down the forts.
40 Whom, like an infant newly born, devourer, in their arms they bear,
Men's Agni, skilled in holy rites.
41 Bear to the banquet of the Gods the God best finder-out of wealth,
Let him he seated in his place.
42 In Jatavedas kindle ye the dear guest who hath now appeared
In a soft place, the homestead's Lord.
43 Harness, O Agni, O thou God, thy steeds which are most excellent:
They bear thee as thy spirit wills.
44 Come hither, bring the Gods to us to taste the sacrificial feast,
To drink the draught of Soma juice.
45 O Agni of the Bharatas, blaze high with everlasting might,
Shine forth and gleam, Eternal One.
46 The mortal man who serves the God with banquet, and, bringing gifts at
sacrifice, lauds Agni,
May well attract, with prayer and hands uplifted, the Priest of Heaven and
Earth, true Sacrificer.
47 Agni, we bring thee, with our hymn, oblation fashioned in the heart.
Let these be oxen unto thee, let these be bulls and kine to thee.
48 The Gods enkindle Agni, best slayer of Vrtra, first in rank,
The Mighty, One who brings us wealth and crushes down the Raksasas.
HYMN XVII. Indra.
1. DRINK Soma, Mighty One, for which, when lauded, thou breakest through the
cattle-stall, O Indra;
Thou who, O Bold One, armed with thunder smotest Vrtra with might, and every
2 Drink it thou God who art impetuous victor, Lord of our hymns, with
beauteousjaws, the Hero,
Render of kine-stalls, car-borne, thunder-wielding, so pierce thy way to
wondrous strength, O Indra.
3 Drink as of old, and let the draught delight thee. hear thou our prayer and
let our songs exalt thee.
Make the Sun visible, make food abundant, slaughter the foes, pierce through and
free the cattle.
4 These gladdening drops, O Indra, Self-sustainer, quaffed shall augment thee in
thy mighty splendour.
Yea, let the cheering drops delight thee greatly, great, perfect, strong,
5 Gladdened whereby, bursting the firm enclosures, thou gavest splendour to the
Sun and Morning.
The mighty rock that compassed in the cattle, ne'er moved, thou shookest from
its seat, O Indra.
6 Thou with thy wisdom, power, and works of wonder, hast stored the ripe milk in
the raw cows' udders
Unbarred the firm doors for the kine of Morning, and, with the Angirases, set
free the cattle.
7 Thou hast spread out wide earth, a mighty marvel, and, high thyself, propped
lofty heaven, O Indra.
Both worlds, whose Sons are Gods, thou hast supported, young, Mothers from old
time ofholy Order.
8 Yea, Indra, all the Deities installed thee their one strong Champion in the
van for battle.
What time the godless was the Gods' assailant, Indra they chose to win the light
9 Yea, e'en that heaven itself of old bent backward before thy bolt, in terror
of its anger,
When Indra, life of every living creature, smote down within his lair the
10 Yea, Strong One! Tvastar turned for thee, the Mighty, the bolt with thousand
spikes and hundred edges,
Eager and prompt at will, wherewith thou crushedst the boasting Dragon, O
11 He dressed a hundred buffaloes, O Indra, for thee whom all accordant Maruts
He, Pusan Visnu, poured forth three great vessels to him, the juice that cheers,
that slaughters Vrtra.
12 Thou settest free the rushing wave of waters, the floods' great swell
encompassed and obstructed.
Along steep slopes their course thou tumedst, Indra, directed downward, speeding
to the ocean.
13 So may our new prayer bring thee to protect us, thee well-armed Hero with thy
bolt of thunder,
Indra, who made these worlds, the Strong, the ty, who never groweth old, the
14 So, Indra, form us brilliant holy singers for strength, for glory, and for
food and riches.
Give Bharadvaja hero patrons, Indra Indra, be ours upon the day of trial.
15 With this may we obtain strength God-appointed, and brave sons gladden us
through a hundred winters.
HYMN XVIII. Indra.
1. GLORIFY him whose might is all-surpassing, Indra the much-invoked who fights
Magnify with these songs the never-vanquished, the Strong, the Bull of men, the
2 He, Champion, Hero, Warrior, Lord of battles, impetuous, loudly roaring, great
Who whirls the dust on high, alone, oerthrower, hath made all races of mankind
3 Thou, thou alone, hast tamed the Dasyus; singly thou hast subdued the people
for the Arya.
In this, or is it not, thine hero exploit, Indra? Declare it at the proper
4 For true, I deem, thy strength is, thine the Mighty, thine, O Most Potent,
thine the Conquering Victor;
Strong, of the strong, Most Mighty, of the mighty, thine, driver of the churl to
acts of bounty.
5 Be this our ancient bond of friendship with you and with Angirases here who
speak of Vala.
Thou, Wondrous, Shaker of things firm, didst smite him in his fresh strength,
and force his doors and castles.
6 With holy thoughts must he be called, the Mighty, showing his power in the
great fight with Vrtra.
He must be called to give us seed and offspring, the Thunderer must he moved and
sped to battle.
7 He in his might, with name that lives for ever, hath far surpassed all human
He, most heroic, hath his home with splendour, with glory and with riches and
8 Stranger to guile, who ne'er was false or faithless, bearing a name that may
be well remembered,
Indra crushed Cumuri, Dhuni, Sambara, Pipru, and Susna, that their castles fell
9 With saving might that must be praised and lauded, Indra, ascend thy car to
smite down Vrtra.
In thy right hand hold fast thy bolt of thunder, and weaken, Bounteous Lord, his
art and magic.
10 As Agni, as the dart burns the dry forest, like the dread shaft burn down the
fiends, O Indra;
Thou who with high deep-reaching spear hast broken, hast covered over mischief
and destroyed it.
11 With wealth, by thousand paths come hither, Agni, paths that bring ample
strength, O thou Most Splendid.
Come, Son of Strength, o'er whom, Invoked of many! the godless hath no power to
keep thee distant.
12 From heaven, from earth is bruited forth the greatness of him the firm, the
fiery, the resplendent.
No foe hath he, no counterpart, no refuge is there from him the Conqueror full
13 This day the deed that thou hast done is famous, when thou, for him, with
many thousand others
Laidest low Kutsa, Ayu, Atithigva, and boldly didst deliver Turvayana.
14 In thee, O God, the wisest of the Sages, all Gods were joyful when thou
When lauded for thyself, thou gavest freedom to sore-afflicted Heaven and to the
15 This power of thine both heaven and earth acknowledge, the deathless Gods
acknowledge it, O Indra.
Do what thou ne'er hast done, O Mighty Worker: beget a new hymn at thy
HYMN XIX. Indra.
1. GREAT, hero-like controlling men is Indra, unwasting in his powers, doubled
He, turned to us, hath grown to hero vigour: broad, wide, he hath been decked by
those who serve him.
2 The bowl made Indra swift to gather booty, the High, the Lofty, Youthful,
Him who hath waxed by strength which none may conquer, and even at once grown to
3 Stretch out those hands of thine, extend to us-ward thy wide capacious arms,
and grant us glory.
Like as the household herdsman guards the cattle, so move thou round about us in
4 Now, fain for strength, let us invite your Indra hither, who lieth hidden with
Free from all blame, without reproach, uninjured, e'en as were those who sang,
of old, his praises.
5 With steadfast laws, wealth-giver, strong through Soma, he hath much fair and
precious food to feed us.
In him unite all paths that lead to riches, like rivers that commingle with the
6 Bring unto us the mightiest might, O Hero, strong and most potent force, thou
All splendid vigorous powers of men vouchsafe us, Lord of Bay Steeds, that they
may make us joyful.
7 Bring us, grown mighty in its strength, O Indra, thy friendly rapturous joy
that wins the battle,
Wherewith by thee assisted and triumphant, we may laud thee in gaining seed and
8 Indra, bestow on us the power heroic skilled and exceeding strong, that wins
Wherewith, by thine assistance, we may conquer our foes in battle, be they kin
9 Let thine heroic strength come from behind us, before us, from above us or
From every side may it approach us, Indra. Give us the glory of the realm of
10 With most heroic aid from thee, like heroes Indra, may we win wealth by deeds
Thou, King, art Lord of earthly, heavenly treasure: vouchsafe us riches vast,
sublime, and lasting.
11 The Bull, whose strength hath waxed, whom Maruts follow, free-giving Indra,
the Celestial Ruler,
Mighty, all-conquering, the victory-giver, him let us call to grant us new
12 Give up the people who are high and haughty to these men and to me, O
Therefore upon the earth do we invoke thee, where heroes win, for sons and kine
13 Through these thy friendships, God invoked of many! may we be victors over
Slaying both kinds of foe, may we, O Hero, be happy, helped by thee, with ample
HYMN XX. Indra.
1. GIVE us wealth, Indra, that with might, as heaven o'ertops the earth,
o'ercomes our foes in battle
Wealth that brings thousands and that wins the corn-lands, wealth, Son of
Strength! that vanquishes the foeman.
2 Even as the power of Dyaus, to thee, O Indra, all Asura sway was by the Gods
When thou, Impetuous! leagued with Visnu, slewest Vrtra the Dragon who enclosed
3 Indra, Strong, Victor, Mightier than the mighty, addressed with prayer and
perfect in his splendour,
Lord of the bolt that breaketh forts in pieces, became the King of the sweet
juice of Soma..
4 There, Indra, while the light was won, the Panis f1ed, 'neath a hundred blows,
for wise Dasoni,
And greedy Susna's magical devices nor left he any of their food remaining.
5 What time the thunder fell and Susna perished, all life's support from the
great Druh was taken.
Indra made room for his car-drivcr Kutsa who sate beside him, when he gained the
6 As the Hawk rent for him the stalk that gladdens, he wrenched the head from
Namuci the Dasa.
He guarded Nam, Sayya's son, in slumber, and sated him with food, success, and
7 Thou, thunder-armed, with thy great might hast shattered Pipru's strong forts
who knew the wiles of serpents.
Thou gavest to thy worshipper Rjisvan imperishable Wealth, O Bounteous Giver.
8 The crafty Vetasu, the swift Dasni, and Tugra speedily with all his servants,
Hath Indra, gladdening with strong assistance, forced near as 'twere to glorify
9 Resistless, with the hosts he battles, bearing in both his arms the Vrtra-slaying
He mounts his Bays, as the car-seat an archer: yoked at a word they bear the
10 May we, O Indra, gain by thy new favour: so Parus laud thee, with their
That thou hast wrecked seven autumn forts, their shelter, slain Dasa tribes and
11 Favouring Usana the son of Kavi, thou wast his ancient strengthener, O Indra.
Thou gavest Navavastva. as a present, to the great father gavest back his
12 Thou, roaring Indra, drovest on the waters that made a roaring sound like
What time, O Hero, o'er the sea thou broughtest, in safety broughtest Turvasa
13 This Indra, was thy work in war: thou sentest Dhuni and Cumuri to sleep and
Dabhiti lit the flame for thee, and worshipped with fuel, hymns, poured Soma,
HYMN XXI. Indra. Visvedevas.
1. THESE the most constant singer's invocations call thee who art to be invoked,
Hymns call anew the chariot-borne, Eternal: by eloquence men gain abundant
2 I praise that Indra, known to all men, honoured with songs, extolled with
hymns at sacrifices,
Whose majesty, rich in wondrous arts, surpasseth the magnitude of earth, and
heaven in greatness.
3 He hath made pathways, with the Sun to aid him, throughout the darkness that
Mortals who yearn to worship ne'er dishonour, O Mighty God, thy Law who art
4 And he who did these things, where is that Indra? among what tribes? what
people doth he visit?
What sacrifice contents thy mind , and wishes? What priest among them all? what
hymn, O Indra?
5 Yea, here were they who, born of old, have served thee, thy friends of ancient
time, thou active Worker.
Bethink thee now of these, Invoked of many! the midmost and the recent, and the
6 Inquiring after him, thy later servants, Indra, have gained thy former old
Hero, to whom the prayer is brought, we praise thee as great for that wherein we
know thee mighty.
7 The demon's strength is gathered fast against thee: great as that strength
hath grown, go forth to meet it.
With thine own ancient friend and companion, the thunderbolt, brave Champion!
drive it backward.
8 Hear, too, the prayer of this thy present beadsman, O Indra, Hero, cherishing
For thou wast aye our fathers' Friend aforetime, still swift to listen to their
9 Bring to our help this day, for our protection, Varuna, Mitra , Indra, and the
Pusan and Visnu, Agni and Purandhi, Savitar also, and the Plants and Mountains.
10 The singers here exalt with hymns and praises thee who art very Mighty and
Hear, when invoked, the invoker's invocation. Beside thee there is nonelike
11 Now to my words come quickly thou who knowest, O Son of Strength, with all
who claim our worship,
Who visit sacred rites, whose tongue is Agni, Gods who made Manu stronger than
12 On good and evil ways be thou our Leader, thou who art known to all as Path-preparer.
Bring power to us, O Indra, with thy Horses, Steeds that are best to draw,
HYMN XXII. Indra.
1. WITH these my hymns I glorify that Indra who is alone to be invoked by
The Lord, the Mighty One, of manly vigour, victorious, Hero, true, and full of
2 Our sires of old,. Navagvas, sages seven, while urging him to show his might,
Dwelling on heights, swift, smiting down opponents, guileless in word, and in
his thoughts most mighty.
3 We seek that Indra to obtain his riches that bring much food, and men, and
store of heroes.
Bring us, Lord of Bay Steeds, to make us joyful, celestial wealth, abundant,
4 Tell thou us this, if at thy hand aforetime the earlier singers have obtained
What is thy share and portion, Strong Subduer, Asura-slayer, rich, invoked of
5 He who for car-borne Indra, armed with thunder, hath a hymn, craving,
Who sends a song effectual, firmly-grasping, and strength-bestowing, he comes
near the mighty.
6 Strong of thyself, thou by this art hast shattered, with thought-swift Parvata,
him who waxed against thee,
And, Mightiest! roaring! boldly rent in pieces things that were firmly fixed and
7 Him will we fit for you with new devotion, the strongest Ancient One, in
So may that Indra, boundless, faithful Leader, conduct us o'er all places hard
8 Thou for the people who oppress hast kindled the earthly firmament and that of
With heat, O Bull, on every side consume them: heat earth and flood for him who
9 Of all the Heavenly Folk, of earthly creatures thou art the King, O God of
In thy right hand, O Indra, grasp die thunder: Eternal! thou destroyest all
10 Give us confirmed prosperity, O Indra, vast and exhaustless for the foe's
Strengthen therewith the Arya's hate and Dasa's, and let the arms of Nahusas be
11 Come with thy team which brings all blessings hither, Disposer, much-invoked,
Thou whom no fiend, no God can stay or hinder, come swittly with these Steeds in
HYMN XXIII. Indra.
1. THOU art attached to pressed-out Soma, Indra, at laud, at prayer, and when
the hymn is chanted;
Or when with yoked Bays, Maghavan, thou comest, O Indra, bearing in thine arms
2 Or when on that decisive day thou holpest the presser of the juice at Vrtra's
Or when thou, while the strong one feared, undaunted, gavest to death, Indra,
the daring Dasyus.
3 Let Indra drink the pressed-out Soma, Helper and mighty Guide of him who sings
He gives the hero room who pours oblations, and treasure even to the lowly
4 E'en humble rites with his Bay steeds he visits: he wields the bolt, drinks
Soma, gives us cattle.
He makes the valiant rich in store of heroes, accepts our praise and hears the
5 What he hath longed for we have brought to Indra, who from the days of old
hath done us service.
While Soma flows we will sing hymn, and laud him, so that our prayer may streng.
then Indra's vigour.
6 Thou hast made prayer the means of thine exalting, therefore we wait on thee
with hymns, O Indra.
May we, by the pressed Soma, Somadrinker! bring thee, with sacrifice, blissful
7 Mark well our sacrificial cake, delighted Indra, drink Soma and the milk
Here on the sacrificer's grass be seated: give ample room to thy devoted
8 O Mighty One, be joyful as thou willest. Let these our sacrifices reach and
And may this hymn and these our invocations turn thee, whom many men invoke, to
9 Friends, when thejuices flow, replenish duly your own, your bounteous Indra
with the Soma.
Will it not aid him to support us? Indra. spares him who sheds the juice to win
10 While Soma flowed, thus Indra hath been lauded, Ruler of nobles, mid the
That Indra may become the singer's patron and give him wealth in every kind of
HYMN XXIV. Indra.
1. STRONG rapturous joy, praise, glory are with Indra: impetuous God, he quaffs
the juice of Soma:
That Maghavan whom men must laud with singing, Heaven-dweller, King of songs,
whose help is lasting.
2 He, Friend of man, most wise, victorious Hero, hears, with far-reaching aid,
the singer call him.
Excellent, Praise of Men, the bard's Supporter, Strong, he gives strength,
extolled in holy synod.
3 The lofty axle of thy wheels, O Hero, is not surpassed by heaven and earth in
Like branches of a tree, Invoked of many manifold aids spring forth from thee, O
4 Strong Lord, thine energies, endowed with vigour, are like the paths of kine
Like bonds of cord, Indra, that bind the younglings, no bonds are they, O thou
of boundless bounty.
5 One act to-day, another act tomorrow oft Indra makes what is not yet existeni.
Here have we Mitra, Varuna, and Pusan to overcome the foeman's domination.
6 By song and sacrifice men brought the waters from thee, as from a mountain's
ridge, O Indra.
Urging thy might, with these fair lauds they seek thee, O theme of song, as
horses rush tobattle.
7 That Indra whom nor months nor autumn seasons wither with age, nor fleeting
Still may his body Wax, e'en now so mighty, glorified by the lauds and hymns
that praise him.
8 Extolled, he bends not to the strong, the steadfast, nor to the bold incited
by the Dasyu.
High mountains are as level plains to Indra: even in the deep he finds firm
ground to rest on.
9 Impetuous Speeder through all depth and distance, give strengthening food,
thou drinker of the juices.
Stand up erect to help us, unreluctant, what time the gloom of night brightens
10 Hasting to help, come hither and protect him, keep him from harm when he is
here, O Indra.
At home, abroad, from injury preserve him. May brave sons gladden us through a
HYMN XXV. Indra.
1. WITH thine assistance, O thou Mighty Indra, be it the least, the midmost, or
Great with those aids and by these powers support us, Strong God! in battle that
subdues our foemen.
2 With these discomfit hosts that fight against us, and check the opponent's
wrath, thyself uninjured.
With these chase all our foes to every quarter: subdue the tribes of Dasas to
3 Those who array themselves as foes to smite us, O Indra, be they kin or be
Strike thou their manly strength that it be feeble, and drive in headlong flight
our foemen backward.
4 With strength of limb the hero slays the hero, when bright in arms they range
them for the combat.
When two opposing hosts contend in battle for seed and offspring, waters, kine,
5 Yet no strong man hath conquered thee, no hero, no brave, no warrior trusting
in his valour.
Not one of these is match for thee, O Indra. Thou far surpassest all these
6 He is the Lord of both these armies' valour when the commanders call them to
When with their ranks expanded they are fighting with a great foe or for a home
7 And when the people stir themselves for battle, be thou their saviour, Indra,
And theirs, thy manliest of our friends, the pious, the chiefs who have
installed us priests, O Indra.
8 To thee for high dominion hath been for evermore, for slaughtering the Vrtras,
All lordly power and might, O Holy Indra, given by Gods for victory in battle.
9 So urge our hosts together in the combats: yield up the godless bands that
fight against us.
Singing, at morn may we find thee with favour, yea, Indra, and e'en now, we
HYMN XXVI. Indra.
1. O INDRA, hear us. Raining down the Soma, we call on thee to win us mighty
Give us strong succour on the day of trial, when the tribes gather on the field
2 The warrior, son of warrior sire, invokes thee, to gain great strength that
may be won as booty:
To thee, the brave man's Lord, the fiends' subduer, he looks when fighting hand
to hand for cattle.
3 Thou didst impel the sage to win the daylight, didst ruin Susna for the pious
The invulnerable demon's head thou clavest when thou wouldst win the praise of
4 The lofty battle-car thou broughtest forward; thou holpest Dasadyu the strong
Along with Vetasu thou slewest Tugra, and madest Tuji strong, who praised thee,
5 Thou madest good the laud, what time thou rentest a hundred thousand fighting
foes, O Hero,
Slewest the Dasa Sambara of the mountain, and with strange aids didst succour
6 Made glad with Soma-draughts and faith, thou sentest Cumuri to his sleep, to
Thou, kindly giving Raji to Pithinas, slewest with might, at once, the sixty
7 May I too, with the liberal chiefs, O Indra, acquire thy blin supreme and
When, Mightiest! Hero-girt! Nahusa heroes boast them in thee, the triply-strong
8 So may we he thy friends, thy best beloved, O Indra, at this holy invocation.
Best be Pratardani, illustrious ruler, in slaying foemen and in gaining riches.
HYMN XXVII. Indra.
1 WHAT deed hath Indra done in the wild transport, in quaffing or in friendship
with, the Soma?
What joys have men of ancient times or recent obtained within the chamber of
2 In its wild joy Indra hath proved him faithful, faithful in quaffing, faithful
in its friendship.
His truth is the delight that in this chamber the men of old and recent times
3 All thy vast power, O Maghavan, we know not, know not the riches of thy full
No one hath seen that might of thine, productive of bounty every day renewed, O
4 This one great power of thine our eyes have witnessed, wherewith thou slewest
When by the force of thy descending thunder, at the mere solund, their boldest
5 In aid of Abhyavartin Cayamana, Indra destroyed the seed of Varasikha.
At Hariyupiya he smote the vanguard of the Vrcivans, and the rear fled frighted.
6 Three thousand, mailed, in quest of fame, together, on the Yavyavati, O
Vrcivan's sons, falling before the arrow, like bursting vessels went to their
7 He, whose two red Steers, seeking goodly pasture, plying their tongues move on
'twixt earth and heaven,
Gave Turvasa to Srnjaya, and, to aid him, gave the Vrcivans up to Daivavata.
8 Two wagon-teams, with damsels, twenty oxen, O Agni, Abhydvartin Cayamdna,
The liberal Sovran, giveth me. This guerdon of Prthu's seed is hard to win from
HYMN XXVIII. Cows.
I. THE Kine have come and brought good fortune: let them rest in the cow-pen and
be happy near us.
Here let them stay prolific, many-coloured, and yield through many morns their
milk for Indra.
2 Indra aids him who offers sacrifice and gifts: he takes not what is his, and
gives him more thereto.
Increasing ever more and ever more his wealth, he makes the pious dwell within
3 These are ne'er lost, no robber ever injures them: no evil-minded foe attempts
to harass them.
The master of the Kine lives many a year with these, the Cows whereby he pours
his gifts and serves the Gods.
4 The charger with his dusty brow o'ertakes them not, and never to the shambles
do they take their way.
These Cows, the cattle of the pious worshipper, roam over widespread pasture
where no danger is.
5 To me the Cows seem Bhaga, they seem Indra, they seem a portion of the
These present Cows, they, O ye Indra. I long for Indra with my heart and spirit.
6 O Cows, ye fatten e'en the worn and wasted, and make the unlovely beautiful
Prosper my house, ye with auspicious voices. Your power is glorified in our
7 Crop goodly pasturage and be prolific drink pure sweet water at good drinking
Never be thief or sinful man your matter, and may the dart of Rudra still avoid
8 Now let this close admixture be close intermigled with these Cows,
Mixt with the Steer's prolific flow, and, Indra, with thy hero might.
HYMN XXIX Indra.
1. YOUR men have followed Indra for his friendship, and for his loving-kindness
For he bestows great wealth, the Thunder-wielder: worship him, Great and Kind,
to win his favour.
2 Him to whose hand, men closely cling, and drivers stand on his golden chariot
With his firm arms he holds the reins; his Horses, the Stallions, are yoked
ready for the journey.
3 Thy devotees embrace thy feet for glory. Bold, thunder-armed, rich, through
thy strength, in guerdon,
Robed in a garment fair as heaven to look on, thou hast displayed thee like an
4 That Soma when effused hath best consistence, for which the food is dressed
and grain is mingled;
By which the men who pray, extolling Indra chief favourites of Gods, recite
5 No limit of thy might hath been appointed, which by its greatness sundered
earth and heaven.
These the Prince filleth full with strong endeavour, driving, as 'twere, with
help his flocks to waters.
6 So be the lofty Indra prompt to listen, Helper unaided, golden-visored Hero.
Yea, so may he, shown forth in might unequalled, smite down the many Vrtras and
HYMN XXX. Indra.
1. INDRA hath waxed yet more for hero prowess, alone, Eternal, he bestoweth
Indra transcendeth both the worlds in greatness: one half of him equalleth earth
2 Yea, mighty I esteem his Godlike nature: none hindereth what he hath once
Near and afar he spread and set the regions, and every day the Sun became
3 E'en now endures thine exploit of the Rivers, when, Indra, for their floods
thou clavest passage.
Like men who sit at meat the mountains settled: by thee, Most Wise! the regions
were made steadfast.
4 This is the truth, none else is like thee, Indra, no God superior to thee, no
Thou slewest Ahi who besieged the waters, and lettest loose the streams to hurry
5 Indra, thou breakest up the floods and portals on all sides, and the firmness
of the mountain.
Thou art the King of men, of all that liveth, engendering at once Sun, Heaven,
HYMN XXXI Indra.
1. SOLE Lord of wealth art thou, O Lord of riches: thou in thine hands hast held
the people, Indra!
Men have invoked thee with contending voices for seed and waters, progeny and
2 Through fear of thee, O Indra, all the regions of earth, though naught may
move them, shake and tremble.
All that is firm is frightened at thy coming, -the earth, the heaven, the
mountain, and the forest.
3 With Kutsa, Indra! thou didst conquer Susna, voracious, bane of crops, in
fight for cattle.
In the close fray thou rentest him: thou stolest the Sun's wheel and didst drive
4 Thou smotest to the ground the hundred castles, impregnable, of Sambara the
When, Strong, with might thou holpest Divodasa who poured libations out, O
Soma-buyer, and madest Bharadvaja rich who praised thee.
5 As such, true Hero, for great joy of battle mount thy terrific car, O Brave
Come with thine help to me, thou distant Roamer, and, glorious God, spread among
men my glory.
HYMN XXXII Indra.
1. I WITH my lips have fashioned for this Hero words never matched, most
plentiful and auspicious,
For him the Ancient, Great, Strong, Energetic, the very mighty Wielder of the
2 Amid the sages, with the Sun he brightened the Parents: glorified, he burst
And, roaring with the holy-thoughted singers, he loosed the bond that held the
beams of Morning.
3 Famed for great deeds, with priests who kneel and laud him, he still hath
conquered in the frays for cattle,
And broken down the forts, the Fort-destroyer, a Friend with friends, a Sage
among the sages.
4 Come with thy girthed mares, with abundant vigour and plenteous strength to
him who sings thy praises.
Come hither, borne by mares with many heroes, Lover of song! Steer! for the
5 Indra with rush and might, sped by his Coursers, hath swiftly won the waters
from the southward.
Thus set at liberty the rivers daily flow to their goal, incessant and
HYMN XXXIII. Indra.
1. GIVE us the rapture that is mightiest, Indra, prompt to bestow and swift to
aid, O Hero,
That wins with brave steeds where brave steeds encounter, and quells the Vrtras
and the foes in battle.
2 For with loud voice the tribes invoke thee, Indra, to aid them in the
battlefield of heroes.
Thou, with the singers, hast pierced through the Panis: the charger whom thou
aidest wins the booty.
3 Both races, Indra, of opposing foemen, O Hero, both the Arya and the Dasa,
Hast thou struck down like woods with well-shot lightnings: thou rentest them in
fight, most manly Chieftain!
4 Indra, befriend us with no scanty succour, prosper and aid us, Loved of all
When, fighting for the sunlight, we invoke thee, O Hero, in the fray, in war's
5 Be ours, O Indra, now and for the future, be graciously inclined and near to
Thus may we, singing, sheltered by the Mighty, win many cattle on the day of
HYMN XXXIV. Indra.
1. FULL Many songs have met in thee, O Indra, and many a noble thought from thee
Now and of old the eulogies of sages, their holy hymns and lauds, have yearned
2 He, praised of many, bold, invoked of many, alone is glorified at sacrifices.
Like a car harnessed for some great achievement, Indra must be the cause of our
3 They make their way to Indra and exalt him, bim whom no prayers and no
For when a hundred or a thousand singers. laud him who loves the song their
praise delights him.
4 As brightness mingles with the Moon in heaven, the offered Soma yearns to mix
Like water brought to men in desert places, our gifts at sacrifice have still
5 To him this mighty eulogy, to Indra hath this our laud been uttered by the
That in the great encounter with the foemen, Loved of all life, Indra may guard
and help us.
HYMN XXXV. Indra.
1. WHEN shall our prayers rest in thy car beside thee? When dost thou give the
singer food for thousands?
When wilt thou clothe this poet's laud with plenty, and when wilt thou enrich
our hymns with booty?
2 When wilt thou gatber men with men, O Indra, heroes with heroes, and prevail
Thou shalt win triply kine in frays for cattle, so, Indra, give thou us
3 Yea, when wilt thou, O Indra, thou Most Mighty, make the prayer all-sustaining
for the singer?
When wilt thou yoke, as we yoke songs, thy Horses, and come to offerings that
bring wealth in cattle?
4 Grant to the Singer food with store of cattle, splendid with horses and the
fame of riches.
Send food to swell the milch-cow good at milking: bright be its shine among the
5 Lead otherwise this present foeman, Sakra! Hence art thou praised as Hero, foe
Him who gives pure gifts may I praise unceasing. Sage, quicken the Angirases by
HYMN XXXVI. Indra.
1. THY raptures ever were for all men's profit: so evermore have been thine
Thou still hast been the dealer-forth of vigour, since among Gods thou hast had
power and Godhead.
2 Men have obtained his strength by sacrificing, and ever urged him, on to hero
For the rein-seizing, the impetuous Charger they furnished power even for
3 Associate with him, as teams of horses, help, manly might, and vigour follow
As rivers reach the sea, so, strong with praises, our holy songs reach him the
4 Lauded by us, let flow the spring, O Indra, of excellent and brightly-shining
For thou art Lord of men, without an equal: of all the world thou art the only
5 Hear what thou mayst hear, thou who, fain for worship, as heaven girds earth,
guardest thy servant's treasure;
Tlat thou mayst be our own, joying in power, famed through thy might in every
HYMN XXXVII Indra.
1. LET thy Bay Horses, yoked, O mighty Indra, bring thy car hither fraught with
For thee, the Heavenly, e'en the poor invoketh: may we this day, thy
2 Forth to the vat the brown drops flow for service, and purified proceed
May Indra drink of this, our guest aforetime, Celestial King of the strong
draught of Soma.
3 Bringing us hitherward all-potent Indra on well-wheeled chariot, may the
Steeds who bear him
Convey him on the road direct to glory, and ne'er may Vayu's Amrta cease and
4 Supreme, he stirs this man to give the guerdon,-Indra, most efficacious of the
Wherewith, O Thunderer, thou removest sorrow, and, Bold One! partest wealth
among the nobles.
5 Indra is hewho gives enduring vigour: may our songs magnify the God Most
Best Vrtra-slayer be the Hero Indra these things he gives as Prince, with strong
HYMN XXXVIII. Indra.
1. HE hath drunk hence, Most Marvellous, and carried away our great and splendid
call on Indra.
The Bounteous, when we serve the Gods, accepteth song yet more famous and the
gifts we bring him.
2 The speaker filleth with a cry to Indra his ears who cometh nigh e'en from a
May this my call bring Indra to my presence, this call to Gods composed in
3 Him have I sung with my best song and praises, Indra of ancient birth and
For prayer and songs in him are concentrated: let laud wax mighty when addressed
4 Indra, whom sacrifice shall strengthen, Soma, and song and hymn, and praises
Whom Dawns shall strengthen when the night departeth, Indra whom days shall
strengthen, months, and autumns.
5 Him, born for conquering might in full perfection, and waxen strongfor bounty
and for glory,
Great, Powerful, will we to-day, O singer, invite to aid. us and to quell our
HYMN XXXIX Indra.
1. OF this our charming, our celestial Soma, eloquent, wise, Priest, with
Of this thy close attendant, hast thou drunken. God, send the singer food with
milk to grace it.
2 Craving the kine, rushing against the mountain led on by Law, with holyminded
He broke the never-broken ridge of Vala. With words of might Indra subdued the
3 This Indu lighted darksome nights, O Indra, throughout the years, at morning
and at evening.
Him have they stablished as the days' bright ensign. He made the Mornings to be
born in splendour.
4 He shone and caused to shme the worlds that shone not. By Law he lighted up
the host of Mornings.
He moves with Steeds yoked by eternal Order, contenting men with nave that finds
5 Now, praised, O Ancient King! fill thou the singer with plenteous food that he
may deal forth treasures.
Give waters, herbs that have no poison, forests, and kine, and steeds, and men,
to him who lauds thee.
HYMN XL. Indra
1. DRINK, Indra; juice is shed to make thee joyful: loose thy Bay Steeds and
give thy friends their freedom.
Begin the song, seated in our assembly. Give strength for sacrifice to him who
2 Drink thou of this whereof at birth, O Indra, thou drankest, Mighty One for
power and rapture.
The men, the pressing-stones, the cows, the waters have made this Soma ready for
3 The fire is kindled, Soma pressed, O Indra: let thy Bays, best to draw, convey
With mind devoted, Indra, I invoke thee. Come, for our great prosperity approach
4 Indra, come hither: evermore thou camest through our great strong desire to
drink the Soma.
Listen and hear the prayers which now we offer, and let this sacrifice increase
5 Mayst thou, O Indra, on the day of trial, present or absent, wheresoe'er thou
Thence, with thy team, accordant with the Maruts, Song-lover! guard our
sacrifice, to help us.
HYMN XLL Indra.
1. COME gracious to our sacrifice, O Indra: pressed Soma-drops are purified to
As cattle seek their home, so Thunderwielder, come, Indra, first of those who
claim our worship.
2 With that well-formed most wide-extending palate, wherewith thou ever drinkest
streams of sweetness,
Drink thou; the Adhvaryu standeth up before thee: let thy spoil-winning
thunderbolt attend thee.
3 This drop, steer-strong and omniform, the Soma, hath been made ready for the
Bull, for India.
Drink this, Lord of the Bays, thou Strong Supporter, this that is thine of old,
thy food for ever.
4 Soma when pressed excels the unpressed Soma, better, for one who knows, to
give him pleasure.
Come to this sacrifice of ours, O Victor replenish all thy powers with this
5 We call on thee, O Indra: come thou hither: sufficient be the Soma for thy
Rejoice thee, Satakratu! in the juices guard us in wars, guard us among our
HYMN XLII- Indra.
1. BRING sacrificial gifts to him, Omniscient, for he longs to drink,
The Wanderer who comes with speed, the Hero ever in the van.
2 With Soma go ye nigh to him chief drinker of the Soma's juice:
With beakers to the Impetuous God, to Indra with the drops effused.
3 What time, with Soma, with the juice effused, ye come before the God,
Full wise he knows the hope of each, and, Bold One, strikes this foe and that.
4 To him, Adhvaryu! yea, to him give offerings of the juice expressed.
Will he not keep us safely from the spiteful curse of each presumptuous
HYMN XLIII. Indra
1. IN whose wild joy thou madest once Sambara Divodasa's prey,
This Soma is pressed out for thee, O Indra: drink!
2 Whose gladdening draught, shed from the points, thou guardest in the midst and
This Soma is pressed out for thee, O Indra drink!
3 In whose wild joy thou settest free the kine held fast within the rock,
This Soma is pressed out for thee, O Indra: drink!
4 This, in whose juice delighting thou gainest the might of Maghavan,
This Soma is pressed out for thee, O Indra drink!
HYMN XLIV. Indra.
1. THAT which is wealthiest, Wealthy God in splendoursmost illustrious,
Soma is pressed: thy gladdening draught, Indra! libation's Lord! is this.
2 Effectual, Most Effectual One! thine, as bestowing wealth of hymns,
Soma is pressed: thy gladdening draught, Indra! libation's Lord! is this.
3 Wherewith thou art increased in strength, and conquerest with thy proper aids,
Soma is pressed: thy gladdening draught, Indra! libation's Lord! is this.
4 Him for your sake I glorify as Lord of Strength who wrongeth none,
The Hero Indra, conquering all, Most Bounteous, God of all the tribes.
5 Those Goddesses, both Heaven and Earth, revere the power and might of him,
Him whom our songs increase in strength, the Lord of bounty swift to come.
6 To seat your Indra, I will spread abroad with power this song of praise.
The saving succours that abide in him, like songs, extend and grow.
7 A recent Friend, he found the skilful priest: he drank, and showed forth
treasure from the Gods.
He conquered, borne by strong all-shaking mares, and was with far-spread power
his friends' Protector.
8 In course of Law the sapient juice was quaffed: the Deities to glory turned
Winning through hymns a lofty title, he, the Lovely, made his beauteous form
9 Bestow on us the most illustrious strength ward off men's manifold
Give with thy might abundant vital force, and aid us graciously in gaining
10 We turn to thee as Giver, liberal Indra. Lord of the Bay Steeds, be not thou
No friend among mankind have we to lookto: why have men called thee him who
spurs the niggard?
11 Give us not up, Strong Hero! to the hungry: unharmed be we whom thou, so
Full many a boon hast thou for men demolish those who present no gifts nor pour
12 As Indra thundering impels the rain-clouds, so doth he send us store of kine
Thou art of old the Cherisher of singers let not the rich who bring no gifts
13 Adbyaryu, hero, bring to mighty Indrafor he is King thereof-the pressed-out
To him exalted by the hymns and praises, ancient and modern, of the singing
14 In the wild joy of this hath Indra, knowing full many a form, struck down
Proclaim aloud to him the savoury Soma so that the Hero, strong of jaw, may
15 May Indra drink this Soma poured to please him, and cheered therewith slay
Vrtra with his thunder.
Come to our sacrifice even from a distance, good lover of our songs, the bard's
16 The cup whence Indra drinks the draught is present: the Amrta dear to Indra
hath been drunken,
That it may cheer the God to gracious favour, and keep far from us hatred and
17 Therewith enraptured, Hero, slay our foemen, the unfriendly, Maghavan be they
kin or strangers,
Those who still aim their hostile darts to smite us, turn them to flight, O
Indra, crush and kill them.
18 O Indra Maghavan, in these our battles win easy paths for us and ample
That we may gain waters and seed and offspring, set thou our princes on thy
side, O Indra.
19 Let thy Bay Stallions, harnessed, bring thee hither, Steeds with strong
chariot and strong reins to hold them,
Strong Horses, speeding hither, bearing thunder, well-harnessed, for the strong
20 Beside the vat, Strong God! stand thy strong Horses, shining with holy oil,
like waves exulting.
Indra, they bring to thee, the Strong and Mighty, Soma of juices shed by mighty
21 Thou art the Bull of earth, the Bull of heaven, Bull of the rivers, Bull of
For thee, the Strong, O Bull, hath Indu swollen. juice pleasant, sweet to drink,
for thine election.
22 This God, with might, when first he had his being, with Indra for ally, held
fast the Pani.
This Indu stole away the warlike weapons, and foiled the arts of his malignant
23 The Dawns he wedded to a glorious Consort, and set within the Sun the light
that lights him.
He found in heaven, in the third lucid regions, the threefold Amrta in its close
24 He stayed and held the heaven and earth asunder: the chariot with the
sevenfold reins he harnessed.
This Soma Set with power within the milch-kine a spring whose ripe contents ten
HYMN XLV. Indra.
1. THAT Indra is our youthful Friend, who with his trusty guidance led
Turvasa, Yadu from afar.
2 Even to the dull and uninspired Indra, gives vital power, and wins
Even with slow steed the offered prize.
3 Great are his ways of guiding us, and!nanilbld are Ins eulogies:
His kind protections never fail.
4 Friends, sing your psalm and offer praise to him to whom the prayer is
For our great Providence is he.
5 Thou, Slaughterer of Vrtra, art Guardian and Friend of one and two,
Yea, of a man like one of us.
6 Beyond men's hate thou leadest us, and givest cause to sing thy praise:
Good hero art thou called by men.
7 I call with hymns, as 'twere a cow to milk, the Friend who merits praise,
The Brahman who accepts the prayer.
8 Him in whose hands they say are stored all treasures from the days of old,
The Hero, conquering in the fight.
9 Lord of Strength, Caster of the Stone, destroy the firm forts built by men,
And foil their arts, unbending God!
10 Thee, thee as such, O Lord of Power, O Indra, Soma-drinker, true,
We, fain for glory, have invoked.
11 Such as thou wast of old, and art now to be called on when the prize
lies ready, listen to our call.
12 With hymns and coursers we will gain, Indra, through thee, both steeds and
Most glorious, and the proffered prize.
13 Thou, Indra, Lover of the Song, whom men must stir to help, hast been
Great in the contest for the prize.
14 Slayer of foes, whatever aid of thine imparts the swiftest course,
With that impel our car to speed.
15 As skilfullest of those who drive the chariot, with our art and aim,
O Conqueror, win the proffered prize.
16 Praise him who, Matchless and Alone, was born the Lord of living men,
Most active, with heroic soul.
17 Thou who hast been the singers' Friend, a Friend auspicious with thine aid,
As such, O Indra, favour us.
18 Grasp in thine arms the thunderbolt, O Thunder-armed, to slay the fiends:
Mayst thou subdue the foemen's host.
19 I call the ancient Friend, allied with wealth, who speeds the lowly man,
Him to whom chiefly prayer is brought.
20 For he alone is Lord of all the treasures of the earth: he speeds
Hither, chief Lover of the Song.
21 So with thy yoked teams satisfy our wish with power and wealth in steeds
And cattle, boldly, Lord of kine!
22 Sing this, what time the ' juice is pressed, to him your Hero, Much-invoked,
To please him as a mighty Steer.
23 He, Excellent, withholdeth not his gift of power and wealth in kine,
When he hath listened to our songs.
24 May he with might unclose for us the cow's stall, whosesoe'er it be,
To which the Dasyu-slayer goes.
25 O Indra Satakratu, these our songs have called aloud to thee,
Like mother cows to meet their calves.
26 Hard is thy love to win: thou art a Steer to him who longs for steers:
Be to one craving steeds a Steed.
27 Delight thee with the juice we pour for thine own great munificence:
Yield not thy singer to reproach.
28 These songs with every draught we pour come, Lover of the Song, to thee,
As milch-kine hasten to their young
29 To thee most oft invoked, amid the many singers' rivalry
Who beg with all their might for wealth.
30 Nearest and most attractive may our laud, O Indra come to thee.
Urge thou us on to ample wealth.
31 Brbu hath set himself above the Panis, o'er their highest head,
Like the wide bush on Ganga's bank.
32 He whose good bounty, thousandfold, swift as the rushing of the wind,
Suddenly offers as a gift.
33 So all our singers ever praise the pious Brbu's noble deed,
Chief, best to give his thousands, best to give a thousand liberal gifts.
HYMN XLVI. Indra.
1. THAT we may win us wealth and power we poets, verily, call on thee:
In war men call on thee, Indra, the hero's Lord, in the steed's race-course call
2 As such, O Wonderful, whose hand holds thunder, praised as mighty, Caster of
Pour on us boldly, Indra, kine and chariotsteeds, ever to be the conqueror's
3 We call upon that Indra, who, most active, ever slays the foe:
Lord of the brave, Most Manly, with a thousand powers, help thou and prosper us
4 Rcisama, thou forcest men as with a bull, with anger, in the furious fray.
Be thou our Helper in the mighty battle fought for sunlight, water, and for
5 O Indra, bring us name and fame, enriching, mightiest, excellent,
Wherewith, O Wondrous God, fair-visored, thunder-armed, thou hast filled full
this earth and heaven.
6 We call on thee, O King, Mighty amid the Gods, Ruler of men, to succour us.
All that is weak in us, Excellent God, make firm: make our foes easy to subdue.
7 All strength and valour that is found, Indra, in tribes of Nahusas, and all
the splendid fame that the Five Tribes enjoy
Bring, yea, all manly powers at once.
8 Or, Maghavan, what vigorous strength in Trksi lay, in Druhyus or in Paru's
Fully bestow on us, that, in the conquering fray, we may subdue our foes in
9 O Indra, grant a happy home, a triple refuge triply strong.
Bestow a dwelling-place on the rich lords and me, and keep thy dart afar from
10 They who with minds intent on spoil subdue the foe, boldly attack and smite
From these, O Indra Maghavan who lovest song, be closest guardian of our lives.
11 And now, O Indra, strengthen us: come near and aid us in the fight,
What time the feathered shafts are flying in the air, the arrows with their
12 Give us, where heroes strain their bodies in the fight, the shelter that our
To us and to our sons give refuge: keep afar all unobserved hostility.
13 When, Indra, in the mighty fray thou urgest chargers to their speed,
On the uneven road and on a toilsome path, like falcons, eager for renown,
14 Speeding like rivers rushing down a steep descent, responsive to the urging
That come like birds attracted to the bait, held in by reins in both the
HYMN XLVII. Indra, Etc.
1. YEA, this is good to taste and full of. sweetness, verily it is strong and
rich in flavour.
No one may conquer Indra in the battle when he hath drunken of the draught we
2 This sweet juice here had mightiest power to gladden: it boldened Indra when
he siaughtered Vrtra,
When he defeated Sambara's many onslaughts, and battered down his nineand ninety
3 This stirreth up my voice when I have drunk it: this hath aroused from sleep
my yearning spirit.
This Sage hath measured out the six expanses from which no single creature is
4 This, even this, is he who hath created the breadth of earth, the lofty height
He formed the nectar in three headlong rivers. Soma supports the wide mid-air
5 He found the wavy sea of brilliant colours in forefront of the Dawns who dwell
This Mighty One, the Steer begirt by Maruts, hath propped the heavens up with a
6 Drink Soma boldly from the beaker, Indra, in war for treasures, Hero,
Fill thyself full at the mid-day libation, and give us wealth, thou Treasury of
7 Look out for us, O Indra, as our Leader, and guide us on to gain yet goodlier
Excellent Guardian, bear us well through peril, and lead us on to wealth with
8 Lead us to ample room, O thou who knowest, to happiness, security, and
High, Indra, are the arms of thee the Mighty: may we betake. us to their lofty
9 Set us on widest chariot-seat, O Indra, with two steeds best to draw, O Lord
Bring us the best among all sorts of viands: let not the foe's wealth, Maghavan,
10 Be gracious, Indra, let my days be lengthened: sharpen my thought as 'twere a
blade of iron
Approve whatever words I speak, dependent on thee, and grant me thy divine
11 Indra the Rescuer, Indra the Helper, Hero who listens at each invocation,
Sakra I call, Indra invoked of many. May Indra Maghavan prosper and bless us.
12 May helpful Indra as our good Protector, Lord of all treasures, favour us
Baffle our foes, and give us rest and safety, and may we be the lords of hero
13 May we enjoy the grace of him the Holy, yea, may we dwell in his auspicious
May helpful Indra as our good Preserver drive from us, even from afar, our
14 Like rivers rushing down a slope, O Indra, to thee haste songs and prayers
and linked verses.
Thou gatherest, Thunderer! like widespread bounty, kine, water, drops, and
15 Who lauds him, satisfies him, pays him worship? E'en the rich noble still
hath found him mighty.
With power, as when one moves his feet alternate, he makes the last precede, the
16 Famed is the Hero as each strong man's tamer, ever advancing one and then
King of both worlds, hating the high and haughty, Indra protects the men who are
17 He loves no more the men he loved aforetime: he turns and moves away allied
Rejecting those who disregard his worship, Indra victorious lives through many
18 In every figure he hath been the mode: this is his only form for us to look
Indra moves multiform by his illusions; for his Bay Steeds are yoked, ten times
19 Here Tvastar, yoking to the car the Bay Steeds, hath extended sway.
Who will for ever stand upon the foeman's side, even when our princes sit at
20 Gods, we have reached a country void of pasture the land, though spacious,
was too small to hold us.
Brhaspati, provide in war for cattle; find a path, Indra, for this faithful
21 Day after day far from their seat he drove them, alike, from place to place,
those darksome creatures.
The Hero slew the meanly-huckstering Dasas, Varcin and Sambara, where the waters
22 Out of thy bounty, Indra, hath Prastoka bestowed ten coffers and ten mettled
We have received in turn from Divodasa Sambara's wealth, the gift of Atithigva.
23 Ten horses and ten treasure-chests, ten garments as an added gift,
These and ten lumps of gold have I received from Divodasa's hand.
24 Ten cars with extra steed to each, for the Atharvans hundred cows,
Hath Asvatha to Payu given.
25 Thus Srnjaya's son honoured the Bharadvajas, recipients of all noble gifts
26 Lord of the wood, be firm and strong in body: be, bearing us, a brave
Show forth thy strength, compact with straps of leather, and let thy rider win
all spoils of battle.
27 Its mighty strength was borrowed from the heaven and earth: its conquering
force was brought from sovrans of the wood.
Honour with holy gifts the Car like Indra's bolt, the Car bound round with
straps, the vigour of the floods.
28 Thou Bolt of Indra, Vanguard of the Maruts, close knit to Varuna and Child of
As such, accepting gifts which here we offer, receive, O Godlike Chariot, these
29 Send forth thy voice aloud through earth and heaven, and let the world in all
its breadth regard thee;
O Drum, accordant with the Gods and Indra, drive thou afar, yea, very far, our
30 Thunder out strength and fill us full of vigour: yea, thunder forth and drive
away all dangers.
Drive hence, O War-drum, drive away misfortune: thou art the Fist of Indra: show
31 Drive hither those, and these again bring hither: the War-drum speaks aloud
as battle's signal.
Our heroes, winged with horses, come together. Let our car-warriors, Indra, be
HYMN XLVIII. Agni and Others.
1. SING to your Agni with each song, at every sacrifice, for strength.
Come, let us praise the Wise and Everlasting God, even as a well-beloved Friend,
2 The Son of Strength; for is he not our gracious Lord? Let us serve him who
bears our gifts.
In battle may he be our help and strengthener, yea, be the saviour of our lives.
3 Agni, thou beamest forth with light, great Hero, never changed by time.
Shining, pure Agni! with a light that never fades, beam with thy fair beams
4 Thou worshippest great Gods: bring them without delay by wisdom and thy
O Agni, make them turn hither to succour us. Give strength, and win it for
5 He whom floods, stones, and trees support, the offspring of eternal Law;
He who when rubbed with force is brought to life by men upon the lofty height of
6 He who hath filled both worlds fult with his brilliant shine, who hastens with
his smoke to heaven;
He made himself apparent through the gloom by night, the Red Bull in the
darksome nights, the Red Bull in the darksome nights.
7 O Agni, with thy lofty beams, with thy pure brilliancy, O God,
Kindled, Most Youthful One! by Bharadvaja's hand, shine on us, O pure God, with
wealth, shine, Purifier! splendidly.
8 Thou art the Lord of house and home of all the tribes, O Agni, of all tribes
Guard with a hundred forts thy kindler from distress, through hundred winters,
Youngest God! and those who make thy singers rich.
9 Wonderful, with thy favouring help, send us thy bounties, gracious Lord.
Thou art the Charioteer, Agni, of earthly wealth: find rest and safety for our
10 With guards unfailing never negligent speed thou our children and our
Keep far from us, O Agni, all celestial wrath and wickedness of godless men.
11 Hither, O friends, with newest song drive her who freely pours her milk;
Loose her who never turns away;
12 Who, for the host of Maruts bright with native sheen, hath shed immortal fame
Whom the impetuous Maruts look upon with love, who moves in splendour on their
13 For Bharadvaja she poured down in days of old
The milch-cow yielding milk for all, and food that gives all nourishment.
14 Your friend like Indra passing wise, with magic power like Varuna.
Like Aryaman joy-giving, bringing plenteous food like ViSnxu for my wish, I
15 Bright as the host of Maruts mighty in their roar. May they bring Pusan free
May they bring hither hundreds, thousands for our men: may they bring hidden
stores to light, and make wealth easy to be found.
16 Haste to me, Pusan, in thine car, bright Deity: I fain would speak:
Most sinful is our foeman's hate.
17 Tear not up by the roots the Kakambira tree: destroy thou all malignity.
Let them not snare by day the neck of that Celestial Bird the Sun.
18 Uninjured let thy friendship be, like the smooth surface of a skin,
A flawless skin, containing curds, full to the mouth, containing curds.
19 For thou art high above mankind, in glory equal to the Gods.
Therefore, O Pusan, look upon us in the fight: now help us as in days of old.
20 May the kind excellence of him the Kind, loud Roarers! be our guide,
Be it the God's, O Maruts, or a mortal man's who worships, ye impetuous Ones!
21 They whose high glory in a moment like the God, the Sun, goes round the space
The Maruts have obtained bright strength, a sacred name, strength that destroys
the Vrtras, strength Vrtra-destroying excellent.
22 Once, only once, the heaven was made, once only once, the earth was formed-
Once, only Prsni's milk was shed: no second, after this, is born.
HYMN XLIX. Visvedevas.
1. I LAUD with newest songs the Righteous People, Mitra and Varuna who make us
Let them approach, here let them listen,Agni, Varuna, Mitra, Lords of fair
2 Him, to be praised at each tribe's sacrifices, the Two young Matrons'
The Son of Strength, the Child of Heaven, the signal of sacrifice, red Agni will
3 Unlike in form are the Red God's two Daughters: one is the Sun's, and stars
bedeck the other.
Apart, the Sanctifiers, in succession, come to the famed hymn, praised in holy
4 I with a lofty song call hither Vayu, all-bounteous, filler of his car, most
Thou, Sage, with bright path, Lord of harnessed horses, impetuous, promptly
honourest the prudent.
5 That chariot of the Asvins, fair to look on, pleaseth me well, yoked with a
Wherewith, Nasatyas, Chiefs, ye seek our dwelling, to give new strength to us
and to our children.
6 Bulls of the Earth, O Vata and Parjanya, stir up for us the regions of the
Hearers of truth, ye, Sages, World-Supporters, increase his living wealth whose
songs delight you.
7 So may Sarasvati, the Hero's Consort, brisk with rare life, the lightning's
Child, inspire us,
And, with the Dames accordant, give the singer a refuge unassailable and
8 I praise with eloquence him who guards all pathways. He, when his love
impelled him, went to Arka.
May he vouchsafe us gear with gold to grace it: may Pusan make each prayer of
9 May Herald Agni, fulgent, bring for worship Tvastar adored, in homes and swift
Glorious, first to share, the life-bestower, the ever active God, fair-armed,
10 Rudra by day, Rudra at night we honour with these our songs, the Universe's
Him great and lofty, blissful, undecaying let us call specially as the Sage
11 Ye who are youthful, wise, and meet for worship, come, Martits, to the
longing of the singer.
Coming, as erst to Angiras, O Heroes, ye animate and quicken e'en the desert.
12 Even as the herdsman driveth home his cattle, I urge my songs to him the
strong swift Hero
May he, the glorious, lay upon his body the singer's hymns, as stars bedeck the
13 He who for man's behoof in his afiliction thrice measured out the earthly
When one so great as thou affordeth shelter, may we with wealth and with
ourselves be happy.
14 Sweet be this song of mine to Ahibudhnya, Parvata, Savitar, with Floods and
Sweet, with the Plants, to Gods who seek oblations. May liberal Bhaga speed us
on to riches.
15 Give riches borne on cars, with many heroes, contenting men, the guard of
Give us a lasting home that we may battle with godless bands of men who fight
against us, and meet with tribes to whom the Gods are gracious.
HYMN L. Visvedevas.
1. I CALL with prayers on Aditi your Goddess, on Agni, Mitra, Varuna for favour,
On Aryaman who gives unasked, the gracious, on Gods who save, on Savitar and
2 Visit, to prove us free from sin, O Surya Lord of great might, the bright Gods
sprung from Daksa,
Twice-born and true, observing sacred duties, Holy and full of light, whose
tongue is Agni.
3 And, O ye Heaven and Earth, a wide dominion, O ye most blissful Worlds, our
Give ample room and freedom for our dwelling, a home, ye Hemispheres, which none
4 This day invited may the Sons of Rudra, resistless, excellent, stoop down to
For, when beset with slight or sore affliction, we ever call upon the Gods, the
5 To whom the Goddess Rodasi clings closely, whom Pusan follows bringing ample
What time ye hear our call and come, O Maruts, upon your separate path all
6 With a new hymn extol, O thou who singest, the Lover of the Song, the Hero
May he, exalted, hear our invocation, and grant us mighty wealth and strength
7 Give full protection, Friends of man, ye Waters, in peace and trouble, to our
sons and grandsons.
For ye are our most motherly physicians, parents of all that standeth, all that
8 May Savitar come hither and approach us, the God who rescues, Holy,
The God who, bounteous as the face of Morning, discloses precious gifts for him
9 And thou, O Son of Strength, do thou turn hither the Gods to-day to this our
May I for evermore enjoy thy bounty and, Agni, by thy grace be rich in heroes.
10 Come also to my call, O ye Nasatyas, yea, verily, through my prayers, ye Holy
As from great darkness ye delivered Atri, protect us, Chiefs, from danger in the
11 O Gods, bestow upon us riches, splendid with strength and heroes, bringing
food in plenty.
Be gracious, helpful Gods of earth, of heaven, born of the Cow, and dwellers in
12 May Rudra and Sarasvati, accordant, Visnu and Vayu, pour down gifts and bless
Rbhuksan, Vaja, and divine Vidhatar, Parjanya, Vata make our food abundant.
13 May this God Savitar, the Lord, the Offspring of Waters, pouring down his dew
And, with the Gods and Dames accordant, Tvastar; Dyaus with the Gods and Pr