HYMN XXVIII. Indra-Soma – Rig Veda – Book 4

HYMN XXVIII. Indra-Soma – Book 4 – Ralph T.H. Griffith, Translator

तवा युजा तव तत सोम सख्य इन्द्रो अपो मनवे सस्रुतस कः |
अहन्न अहिम अरिणात सप्त सिन्धून अपाव्र्णोद अपिहितेव खानि ||

तवा युजा नि खिदत सूर्यस्येन्द्रश चक्रं सहसा सद्य इन्दो |
अधि षणुना बर्हता वर्तमानम महो दरुहो अप विश्वायु धायि ||

अहन्न इन्द्रो अदहद अग्निर इन्दो पुरा दस्यून मध्यंदिनाद अभीके |
दुर्गे दुरोणे करत्वा न याताम पुरू सहस्रा शर्वा नि बर्हीत ||

विश्वस्मात सीम अधमां इन्द्र दस्यून विशो दासीर अक्र्णोर अप्रशस्ताः |
अबाधेथाम अम्र्णतं नि शत्रून अविन्देथाम अपचितिं वधत्रैः ||

एवा सत्यम मघवाना युवं तद इन्द्रश च सोमोर्वम अश्व्यं गोः |
आदर्द्र्तम अपिहितान्य अश्ना रिरिचथुः कषाश चित तत्र्दाना ||

tvā yujā tava tat soma sakhya indro apo manave sasrutas kaḥ |
ahann ahim ariṇāt sapta sindhūn apāvṛṇod apihiteva khāni ||

tvā yujā ni khidat sūryasyendraś cakraṃ sahasā sadya indo |
adhi ṣṇunā bṛhatā vartamānam maho druho apa viśvāyu dhāyi ||

ahann indro adahad aghnir indo purā dasyūn madhyaṃdinād abhīke |
durghe duroṇe kratvā na yātām purū sahasrā śarvā ni barhīt ||

viśvasmāt sīm adhamāṃ indra dasyūn viśo dāsīr akṛṇor apraśastāḥ |
abādhethām amṛṇataṃ ni śatrūn avindethām apacitiṃ vadhatraiḥ ||

evā satyam maghavānā yuvaṃ tad indraś ca somorvam aśvyaṃ ghoḥ |
ādardṛtam apihitāny aśnā riricathuḥ kṣāś cit tatṛdānā ||

English Translation

Translated by Ralph T.H. Griffith

1. ALLIED with thee, in this thy friendship, Soma, Indra for man made waters flow together,
Slew Ahi, and sent forth the Seven Rivers, and opened as it were obstructed fountains.

2 Indu, with thee for his confederate, Indra swiftly with might pressed down the wheel of Sūrya.
What rolled, all life’s support, on heaven’s high summit was separated from the great oppressor.

3 Indra smote down, Agni consumed, O Indu, the Dasyus ere the noontide in the conflict.
Of those who gladly sought a hard-won dwelling he cast down many a thousand with his arrow.

4 Lower than all besides hast thou, O Indra, cast down the Dasyus, abject tribes of Dāsas.
Ye drave away, ye put to death the foemen, and took great vengeance with your murdering weapons.

5 So, of a truth, Indra and Soma, Heroes, ye burst the stable of the kine and horses,
The stable which the bar or stone obstructed; and piercing through set free the habitations.