Translator: Ralph T. H. Griffiths
Editor: Professor J. L. Shastri
Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass, Delhi, India, 1973
The Rgveda, the oldest literary record of the Aryan race and the sacred book of the Hindus, has very few authentic translations in English.
Veda, meaning knowledge, is the name given to certain ancient works which formed the foundation of the early religious belief of the Hindus. These are Rgveda, the Samaveda, the Yajurveda, and the Atharvaveda. The Rgveda has a collection of hymns intended for loud recitation and is the oldest. The four Vedas are considered to be of divine origin and to have existed from all eternity.
There are more than one thousand hymns arranged in ten books in accordance with an anccient tradition. Within these books, the hymns are generally arranged in order of the deities to whom they are addressed. Hymns to Agni generally are first, followed by those to Indra.
Book I 191
Book II 43
Book III 62
Book IV 58
Book V 87
Book VI 75
Book VII 104
Book VIII 92
Book IX 114
Book X 191