, derived from the root word 'rik'
meaning 'to praise'
is divided into ten books (each book called mandala, meaning 'the
circle'), and further subdivided into chapters and sections. It includes
1,028 suktas (hymns), comprising 10,528 Sanskrit verses, and over
150,000 words. The Rig Vedic hymns of prayer and worship are addressed
to Vedic deities, such as Indra (250 hymns), Agni (200 hymns), Soma (100
hymns), and numerous hymns addressed to Surya. Most doctrines of
Hinduism have been, in one way or another, derived from the Rig Veda.
One of the most profound and significant doctrines of the Rig Veda is, 'Truth is one, the wise call It by various names.'
The Rig Vedic hymns possess mystic potency and richness. These hymns
reflect a devotee's relationship to the deities as a friend, as a child
to his parents, as a servant to his master, or as a lover to his
beloved.Read Rigved online
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