About the Book:
Brhad-Devata is an index of the
'many gods', a much more extensive work than any of the other Anukramanis, as it
contains about 1200 slokas interspread with occasional tristubhs. It is divided
into eight adhyayas corresponding to the astakas of the Rg-Veda. Following the
order of the Rg-veda, its main object is to state the deity for each verse. But
as it contains a large number of illustrative myths and legends, it is of great
value as an early collection of stories. A peculiar of this work is that it
refers to a number of supplementary hymns (khilas) which do not form part of the
canonical text of the Rg-veda.
Part I is critically edited in the original Sanskrit with
an introduction and seven appendices and Part II contains English translation
SANSKRIT TEXT OF THE BRHADDEVATA
22, 23. The deities representing terrestrial Agni
Deities of Rg-veda i.13-126
11, 12. Hymn-owing and incidental deities. Seers of Vaisvadeva hymns
29, 30. Story of Kaksivat and Svanaya
Deities of RV. i. 127- iv. 32.
27, 28. RV. iv. 18-30. Indra's birth and fight with Vamadeva
27. The Steeds of the various gods.
11-15. Story of Syavasva
Deities of RV. vii. 50-x.17.
23, 24. Story of Soma's flight from the gods.
Deities of RV. x. 17-98.
11, 12. Story of Indra Vaikuntha.
18,19. Story of Subandhu
Deities of RV. x. 98-191 (1-98). Conclusion (99-140)
6,7. Story of Sarama and the Panis
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