Rig Veda


The Rigveda (Sanskrit: ऋग्वेद ṛgveda, a compound of "praise, verse" and veda "knowledge") is an ancient Indian sacred collection of Vedic Sanskrit hymns. It is counted among the four canonical sacred texts (śruti) known as the Vedas.

The Rigveda contains several mythological and poetical accounts of the origin of the world, hymns praising the gods, and ancient prayers for life, prosperity, etc. Some of its verses are still recited as vedic prayers, at religious functions and other occasions, making it probably the world's oldest religious texts in continued use.