Tag: Soma Yagna

Nivid Mantras are Riddles

Nivid Mantras are riddles What are Nivid Mantras? How do some of these represent the numbers of Devas to be 33? Nivids are a class of Vedic mantras. Some Indologists believe Nivids to predate the other mantras in the Vedas. The performers of the Soma Yagna remember this story even today. According to the story, a complex Yagya hid itself from the Devas. Therefore, the Devas performed a simpler fire ritual. However, towards the end of the Yagna they realized that they could remember the steps for the complex Yagna. Consequently, they announced their success through the Nivid mantras. Nivids are expressions of wonder. Secondly, they contain the word “Aho”. Thirdly, Nivids express hints about the secret workings of the universe. Certainly, we can use Nivids to decode important Vedic mantras. Nivids are named after Devas. Indologists made a special note of the Nivids of Vishe Devas. These Nivids give the number of Vedic Gods in the form of a riddle. It says that

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Parjanya and Croaking frogs

Parjanya, Croaking frogs and Vedic chanting

We will explore three related ideas in this post, namely, Parjanya the rain god, Manduka, the croaking frog and Vedic chanting in a group. Since the past few decades, some people trivialize the sound of Vedic chants by comparing it to the croaking of frogs. Further they quote the croaking frog poem in the Rig Veda as a reference. Did the original poet really hold a low opinion of group chants? Indologists took a special note of the 103rd poem in the 7th mandala of the Rig Veda. They call this poem with its ten verses the croaking frog poem. Rishis Vasishta cognized this poem.  Rishis associated each poem with a Devata or a divine being. Strangely, Vasishta associated Manduka or the croaking frog to be the Devata of his poem. Certainly, the poem is to Parjanya, the rain God, who inspires frogs to croak at the first rains of the season. Vasishta’s croaking frog poem What is the special

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