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Early Indo-European Texts

Ancient Sanskrit

Karen Thomson and Jonathan Slocum

This page contains a text in Ancient Sanskrit with a modern English translation. This particular text and its translation are extracted from a lesson in the Early Indo-European Online series, where one may find detailed information about this text (see the Table of Contents page for Ancient Sanskrit Online in EIEOL), and general information about the Ancient Sanskrit language and its speakers' culture.

Rigveda I, 98

vaivnarsya sumata siyma
rj h kam bhvannm abhirh
it jt vvam idm v caste
vaivnar yatate sriyena

prst div prst agnh prthivym
prst vv sadhr vivea
vaivnarh shas prst agnh
s no dv s rish ptu nktam

vavnara tva tt satym astu
asmn ryo maghvnah sacantm
tn no mitr vruno mmahantm
ditih sndhuh prthiv ut dyah


May we be in the favour of the Universal One
For indeed he is king, sustainer of beings.
Born from here he views all this world,
The Universal One takes his place with the sun.
Agni, invoked in heaven, invoked on earth,
Invoked, he has entered all the plants.
The Universal One, Agni is mightily invoked,
Let him protect us day and night from harm.
O Universal One, of you may it be true,
May gracious treasures attend us.
May Mitra, Varuna, Aditi, Sindhu
Earth and Heaven, effect that for us.