35 HISTORICAL RECORDS IN THE RIG VEDA (Post No.10,894)

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Post No. 10,894

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Rig Veda (RV) is not only the oldest book in the world but also the world’s oldest history book. There are over 35 Dhaana Stutis (Donation Hymns) in the RV. They record the gifts given by the kings to the seers and poets. Sangam Tamil books Purananuru and Pathitrup Pathu followed it several thousand years after this. Without those Dhana Stutis in Tamil we would not know much about Tamil kings. Majority of the Tamil inscriptions also record the donations and gifts  given to temples and Brahmins. Without those Dhana inscriptions we would be in the dark about Tamil history. But many historians turned a blind eye to the history in the Rig Veda.

Brahmins who were reciting the Rig Veda never bothered about the meaning of the Vedas. Even Shankaracharyas of different Mutts say that the meaning in not important, but the recitation is more important. The sound effect of the Vedas would do good things. Foreign idiots , who are described many of us as scholars, deliberately hid it from the world. Many of the kings are described as unknown entities or demons by the translators.

In my two previous articles (links are given below),  I have listed all the names of the kings found in the Rig Veda and their links to Iran and Sumeria. In this article I wanted to give more interesting information. Even in Mahabharata and Bhagavata, Krishna’s naval attacks on sea pirates and his shifting of capital from Mathura in Uttar Pradesh to Dwaraka in Gujarat 800 miles away, Tsunami attack on Dwaraka and many more details are revealed. But for devotees, these are immaterial.  Hindu scholars must sit together to sift the historical details from epics and oldest Puranas.

First comes the Vedic literature- Samhitas of four Vedas, Brahmanas, Aranyakas and Upanishads. Puranas, though elaborate on the Vedic references of kings and Kingdoms, were constantly updated and so confuse everyone. For instance if a particular race or sect like Yavanas or Sakas is referred to, the pauranics give different locations for them; this is because changing political scenes. Kambojas, Ikshvakus, Yavas kept on moving or invading. You can see the same even in our modern history. Take maps of the world for 100 years and look at the place names. Many of the names were not heard by our youngsters and unless and until they read the history of w world wars, they would not know what is Prussia or Nyasaland or Rhodesia.

Moreover, foreigners started history from Buddha period rejecting 150++ generations of kings in the Puranas and earlier 100++ kings in the Vedas. The same gang  started giving names of kings from 3000 BCE for other countries , even for Mayans.

Hindu history began in 25,000 BCE because we have archaeological evidence in Bhimbetka caves in Madhya Pradesh. The whole world knows the pre historical paintings in the rock shelters there. Even the Bogazkoy Cuneiform inscriptions of Turkey where Vedic gods and 40 Sanskrit names are recorded are not taught to our youngsters. Foreign charlatans who wrote our history books  completely hid those things and included all the British rulers of India and Moghul rulers of India; you cant see Karikal Choza or Rajaraja or Cheran Senguttuvan. So it is the duty of Hindus to throw all those books into dustbins and rewrite our history books.

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New information about Rig Vedic Kings

P.L Bhagava has listed some important Dhana stutis of Rig Veda and made his comments on those. But Atharva Veda and Brahmana literature have more information.

Look at the important Dhana stutis given below; for your information- all the Rig Vedic hymns are available in English and Sanskrit in Wikipedia and Sanskrit documents web sites free of cost. But one must be careful about English translations. 30++ foreign stooges and clowns have laid their hands on our holy scriptures. Kanchi Paramacharya (1894-1994) criticised them mildly for their blunders, but Swami Vivekananda criticised them severely and commands us to throw all the mud from the bottom of the Indian Ocean on those Westerners.

Here are important Dhana Stutis according to P L Bhargava. Scholars like Bhargava, Shrikant Talageri and Bhagwan Singh have done a lot of research on the history of Rig Vedic period:-

RV 1-146; 4-15; 7-18; 6-45; 6-47; 7-18;8-74; 8-5;8-6;  8-46; 10-93;8-19; 5-33

Of these the last two hymns are considered oldest by Bhargava .

The first Great War is reported by the Rig Veda in 7-18 where Sudasa came out victorious against the confederacy of Ten Kings. He was the grandson of Divodasa. Sudasa was supported by Vasishta Maharishi. The suffix DASA must be noticed. DASA was part and parcel of Hindu society and not enemies of Hindus as reported by foreign scoundrels.

Bhargava says Bhageeratha ‘discovered’ Ganges and it shows Aryan’s movement towards Gangetic plains. I think he is wrong. Because Puranas say his forefathers were trying for thousands of years to divert Ganges water towards the plains, but failed; Bhageeratha succeeded after 11,000 years penance according o Puranas. 11000 years standing on one leg, 60000 children or wives for a king – are all Hindu Idions and Phrases. What they mean is countess. ‘Bhageerahta Prayatna’ is a phrase in Hindus’ languages to show one’s determined attempt to achieve something great. Later, Agastya followed Bhageeratha’s engineering work and diverted river Kaveri towards Tamil Nadu plains. It may be a later Agastya and not Rig Vedic Agastya.

What we know from these two episodes is, much of the waters of River Ganga and River Kaveri were flowing in the wrong direction and wasted. They succeeded in diverting them to useful / usable areas. In our own times, River Nile was diverted to build Aswan Dam in Egypt.

Wikipedia List of Surya vamsa kings–

  1. Ikshvaku
  2. Kukshi(Ikshvaku king)/Vikukshi
  3. Kakutstha or Puranjaya
  4. Anena or Anaranya
  5. Prithu
  6. Vishvagashva
  7. Ardra or Chandra
  8. Yuvanashva I
  9. Shravast
  10. Dirghashva
  11. Yuvanashva II
  12. Mandhata
  13. Purukutsa I
  14. Kuvalashva (Dhundhumara)
  15. Dridhashva
  16. Pramod
  17. Haryashva I
  18. Nikumbh
  19. Santashva
  20. Krishasva
  21. Prasenjit I
  22. Trasadasyu
  23. Sambhoot
  24. Anaranya II
  25. Trashdashva
  26. Haryashva II
  27. Vasuman
  28. Tridhanva
  29. Tryyaruna
  30. Satyavrata or Trishanku
  31. Harishchandra
  32. Rohitashva
  33. Harita
  34. Chenchu
  35. Vijay
  36. Rusak
  37. Vrika
  38. Bahu or Asit
  39. Sagara
  40. Asmanjasa or Asamanja
  41. Anshuman
  42. Dileepa I
  43. Bhagiratha
  44. Shrut
  45. Nabhag
  46. Ambarisha
  47. Sindhu Dweep
  48. Pratayu
  49. Shrutuparna
  50. Sarvakama
  51. Sudaas
  52. Mitrasah
  53. Sarvakama II
  54. Ananaranya III
  55. Nighna
  56. Animitra (brother of Raghu)
  57. Duliduh
  58. Dileepa II
  59. Raghu
  60. Aja
  61. Dasaratha
  62. Rama

Bhageeratha is 43rd in the list; Before him we hear the story of Sagara who is linked with Ganga up to Sagara (ocean).

The second point ,I want to pick out from Bhargava is a reference to Purukutsa in hymn. It occurs in 5-33 and Trsadasyu was the son of Purukutsa and the grandson of  Girikhit. We have an interesting reference to Purukutsa in the Vishnu Purana ; here is the reference :-

“The Vishnu Purana has the Gandharvas fighting with the Nagas in the infernal region, whose dominions they seized and whose treasures they plundered. The Naga chief appealed to Vishnu for relief and he promised to appear in the form of Purukutsa to help them. There upon the Nagas sent their sister Narmada to this Purukutsa, and she conducted him to the regions below where he destroyed the Gandharvas .

If he is the same Purukutsa referred to in RV, then we see here Some historical fight between the Nagas and Gandharvas. Infernal region means Indian ocean. We have Nagas portrayed in sculptures throughout South East Asia. Even Sri Lnka was called Naga Dweepa; snakes live underground and so anyone who occupied regions below India were called Nagas and their areas Naga loka or infernal region.

So Purukutsa is important.

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Another point I want to pick up is most of the scholars identify the kings in the eighth mandala of RV as Iranian kings, because they donated/gifted camels to the Rishis/ seers.

One more important point is unidentified kings:-

King Dhvanya in RV is not found anywhere in Puranas or epics.

King Asvamedha in RV is not found anywhere in Puranas or epics.

Kings Duhsima, Taanva, Paarthya are not identified

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In RV 10-93 King Rama is identified with Rama of Ramayana; Though it is possible , it is debatable. Whether it is Dasaratha Rama or Parasurama, we don’t know; we know another Bala Rama. Since Vyasa collected and divided the Vedas into four all the three are possible names.

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Bhargava commented on King Brbu (RV 6-45, 31-33) as a non -Aryan belonging to the race of Panis. He donated a lot to Rishi/ seer Samyu Bharadvaja.

Brbu may be Prabhu or Vibhu (B=V)

Panis were pukka business men and misers. I identify them with Phoenicians. Even English men were described as business men by Napoleon Bonaparte. Very true indeed! Phoenicians were like them and had cut throat competition in marine trade.

Phoenicians also plundered people with their naval power. If Phonician contacts with Vedic India is confirmed through these references, then it opens another dimension to Vedic peoples activities outside India.

In Talageri’s book he gives new definition to Aryans and Dasas. We see Gana DASA as a dance teacher in first century BCE Kali DASA’s drama. So Dasas are also Vedic people and most famous of them was the king SuDASA. Throughout Sangam Tamil literature we see many DASAS and at least 20 NAGAS in the poets names. Vishnu Dasa is Tamilized in Purananuru of Sangam literature as Vinnan Thaayan (Vinna= Vishnu, Thaaya=Dasa)

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In the same Dana Stuti article, Bhargava says Brhadasva in Mahabharata is an error and it is Vedic King Vadhryasva of RV.  B=V change is seen even in Panini of 7th century BCE.

Tamil and Sanskrit knowing Hindus must sit together and explore the history in the oldest book in the world.

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Source Books:

THE RIG VEDA- A Historical Analysis by Shrikant G Talageri, 200

VEDIC RELIGION & CULTURE by P L Bhargava, 1994

The Vedic Harappans by Bhgwan Singh, 1995

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