HYMN XVI. Indra – Rig Veda – Book 2

HYMN XVI. Indra: Rig Veda – Book 2 – Ralph T.H. Griffith, Translator

पर वः सतां जयेष्ठतमाय सुष्टुतिमग्नाविव समिधाने हविर्भरे |
इन्द्रमजुर्यं जरयन्तमुक्षितं सनाद युवानमवसे हवामहे ||

यस्मादिन्द्राद बर्हतः किं चनें रते विश्वान्यस्मिन सम्भ्र्ताधि वीर्या |
जठरे सोमं तन्वी सहो महो हस्ते वज्रं भरति शीर्षणि करतुम ||

न कषोणीभ्यां परिभ्वे त इन्द्रियं न समुद्रैः पर्वतैरिन्द्र ते रथः |
न ते वज्रमन्वश्नोति कश्चन यदाशुभिः पतसि योजना पुरु ||

विश्वे हयस्मै यजताय धर्ष्णवे करतुं भरन्ति वर्षभाय सश्चते |
वर्षा यजस्व हविषा विदुष्टरः पिबेन्द्र सोमं वर्षभेण भानुना ||

वर्ष्णः कोशः पवते मध्व ऊर्मिर्व्र्षभान्नाय वर्षभाय पातवे |
वर्षणाध्वर्यू वर्षभासो अद्रयो वर्षणं सोमं वर्षभाय सुष्वति ||

वर्षा ते वज्र उत ते वर्षा रथो वर्षणा हरी वर्षभाण्यायुधा |
वर्ष्णो मदस्य वर्षभ तवमीशिष इन्द्र सोमस्य वर्षभस्य तर्प्णुहि ||

पर ते नावं न समने वचस्युवं बरह्मणा यामि सवनेषुदाध्र्षिः |
कुविन नो अस्य वचसो निबोधिषदिन्द्रमुत्सं न वसुनः सिचामहे ||

पुरा सम्बाधादभ्या वव्र्त्स्व नो धेनुर्न वत्सं यवसस्य पिप्युषी |
सक्र्त सु ते सुमतिभिः शतक्रतो सं पत्नीभिर्न वर्षणो नसीमहि ||
नूनं सा … ||

pra vaḥ satāṃ jyeṣṭhatamāya suṣṭutimaghnāviva samidhāne havirbhare |
indramajuryaṃ jarayantamukṣitaṃ sanād yuvānamavase havāmahe ||

yasmādindrād bṛhataḥ kiṃ caneṃ ṛte viśvānyasmin sambhṛtādhi vīryā |
jaṭhare somaṃ tanvī saho maho haste vajraṃ bharati śīrṣaṇi kratum ||

na kṣoṇībhyāṃ paribhve ta indriyaṃ na samudraiḥ parvatairindra te rathaḥ |
na te vajramanvaśnoti kaścana yadāśubhiḥ patasi yojanā puru ||

viśve hyasmai yajatāya dhṛṣṇave kratuṃ bharanti vṛṣabhāya saścate |
vṛṣā yajasva haviṣā viduṣṭaraḥ pibendra somaṃ vṛṣabheṇa bhānunā ||

vṛṣṇaḥ kośaḥ pavate madhva ūrmirvṛṣabhānnāya vṛṣabhāya pātave |
vṛṣaṇādhvaryū vṛṣabhāso adrayo vṛṣaṇaṃ somaṃ vṛṣabhāya suṣvati ||

vṛṣā te vajra uta te vṛṣā ratho vṛṣaṇā harī vṛṣabhāṇyāyudhā |
vṛṣṇo madasya vṛṣabha tvamīśiṣa indra somasya vṛṣabhasya tṛpṇuhi ||

pra te nāvaṃ na samane vacasyuvaṃ brahmaṇā yāmi savaneṣudādhṛṣiḥ |
kuvin no asya vacaso nibodhiṣadindramutsaṃ na vasunaḥ sicāmahe ||

purā sambādhādabhyā vavṛtsva no dhenurna vatsaṃ yavasasya pipyuṣī |
sakṛt su te sumatibhiḥ śatakrato saṃ patnībhirna vṛṣaṇo nasīmahi ||
nūnaṃ sā … ||

English Translation

Translated by Ralph T.H. Griffith

1. To him, your own, the best among the good, I bring eulogy, like oblation in the kindled fire.
We invocate for help Indra untouched by eld, who maketh all decay, strengthened, for ever young.

2 Without whom naught exists, Indra the Lofty One; in whom alone all powers heroic are combined.
The Soma is within him, in his frame vast strength, the thunder in his hand and wisdom in his head.

3 Not by both worlds is thine own power to be surpassed, nor may thy car be stayed by mountains or by seas.
None cometh near, O Indra, to thy thunderbolt, when with swift steeds thou fliest over many a league.

4 For all men bring their will to him the Resolute, to him the Holy One, to him the Strong they cleave.
Pay worship with oblation, strong and passing wise. Drink thou the Soma, Indra, through the mighty blaze.

5 The vessel of the strong flows forth, the flood of meath, unto the Strong who feeds upon the strong, for drink,
Strong are the two Adhvaryus, strong are both the stones. They press the Soma that is strong for him the Strong.

6 Strong is thy thunderbolt, yea, and thy car is strong; strong are thy Bay Steeds and thy weapons powerful.
Thou, Indra, Bull, art Lord of the strong gladdening drink. with the strong Soma, Indra, satisfy thyself.

7 I, bold by prayer, come near thee in thy sacred rites, thee like a saving ship, thee shouting in the war.
Verily he will hear and mark this word of ours: we will pour Indra forth as ’twere a spring of wealth.

8 Turn thee unto us ere calamity come nigh, as a cow full of pasture turns her to her calf.
Lord of a Hundred Powers, may we once firmly cling to thy fair favours even as husbands to their wives.

9 Now let that wealthy Cow of thine, O Indra, yield in return a boon to him who lauds thee.
Give to thy praisers: let not fortune fail us. Loud may we speak, with heroes, in assembly.