HYMN XXX. Indra. 30
1. WHERE is that Hero? Who hath looked on Indra borne on lightrolling- car by Tawny Coursers,
Who, Thunderer, seeks with wealth the Somapresser-, and to his house goes, muchinvoked-, to aid
2 I have beheld his strong and secret dwelling, longing have sought the Founders' habitation.
I asked of others, and they said in answer, May we, awakened men, attain to Indra.
3 We will tell, Indra, when we pour libation, what mighty deeds thou hast performed to please us.
Let him who knows not learn, who knows them listen: hither rides Maghavan with all his army.
4 Indra, when born, thou madest firm thy spirit: alone thou seekest war to fight with many.
With might thou clavest even the rock asunder, and foundest out the stable of the Milchkine-.
5 When thou wast born supremest at a distance, bearing a name renowned in faroff- regions,
Since then even Gods have been afraid of Indra: he conquered all the floods which served the Dasa.
6 These blissful Maruts sing their psalm to praise thee, and pour to thee libation of the Soma.
Indra with wondrous powers subdued the Dragon, the guileful lurker who beset the waters.
7 Thou, Maghavan, from the first didst scatter foemen, speeding, while joying in the milk, the
There, seeking mans' prosperity, thou torest away the head of Namuci the Dasa.
8 Pounding the head of Namuci the Dasa, me, too thou madest thine associate, Indra!
Yea, and the rolling stone that is in heaven both worlds, as on a car, brought to the Maruts.
9 Women for weapons hath the Dasa taken, What injury can his feeble armies To me?
Well he distinguished his two different voices, and Indra then advanced to fight the Dasyu.
10 Divided from their calves the Cows went lowing around, on every side, hither and thither.
These Indra reunited- with his helpers, what time the wellpressed- Soma made him joyful.
11 What time the Somas mixed by Babhru cheered him, loud the Steer bellowed in his habitations.
So Indra drank thereof, the Fortdestroyer-, and gave him guerdon, in return, of milchkine-.
12 This good deed have the Rusamas done, Agni! that they have granted me four thousand cattle.
We have received Rnancayas' wealth, of heroes the most heroic, which was freely offered.
13 The Rusamas, O Agni, sent me homeward with fair adornment and with kine in thousands.
The strong libations have made Indra joyful, when night, whose course was ending, changed to
14 Night, wellnigh- ended, at Rnancayas' coming, King of the Rusamas, was changed to morning.
Like a strong courser, fleet of foot, urged onward, Babhru hath gained four thousand as his
15 We have received four thousand head of cattle presented by the Rusamas, O Agni.
And we, the singers, have received the caldron of metal which was heated for Pravargya.
HYMN XXXI. Indra. 31
1. MAGHAVAN Indra turns his chariot downward, the strengthdisplaying- car which he hath mounted.
Even as a herdsman driveth forth his cattle, he goeth, first, uninjured, fain for treasure.
2. Haste to us, Lord of Bays; be not ungracious: visit us, lover of goldhued- oblation.
There is naught else better than thou art, Indra: even to the wifeless hast thou given spouses.
3 When out of strength arose the strength that conquers, Indra displayed all powers that he
Forth from the cave he drove the milky mothers, and with the light laid bare investing darkness.
4. Anus have wrought a chariot for thy Courser, and Tvastar, Muchinvoked-! thy bolt that glitters.
The Brahmans with their songs exalting Indra increased his strength that he might slaughter Ahi.
5 When heroes sang their laud to thee the Hero, Indra! and stones and Aditi accordant,
Without or steed or chariot were the fellies which, sped by Indra, rolled upon the Dasytis.
6 I will declare thine exploits wrought aforetime, and, Maghavan, thy deeds of late achievement,
When, Lord of Might, thou sunderedst earth and heaven, winning for man the moistlygleaming- waters.
7 This is thy deed, even this, Wonderful! Singer! that, slaying Ahi, here thy strength thou
Didst check and stay even gusnas' wiles and magic, and, drawing nigh, didst chase away the Dasytis.
8 Thou, Indra, on the farther bank forYadu and Turvaga didst stay the gushing waters.
Ye both assailed the fierce: thou barest Kutsa: when Gods and Usana came to you together.
9 Let the steeds bring you both, Indra and Kutsa, borne on the chariot within hearingdistance-.
Ye blew him from the waters, from his dwelling, and chased the darkness from the nobles' spirit.
10 Even this sage hath come looking for succour even to Vatas' docile harnessed horses.
Here are the Maruts, all, thy dear companions: prayers have increased thy power and might, O Indra.
11 When night was near its close he carried forward even the Suns' chariot backward in its running.
Etaga brought his wheel and firmly stays it: setting it eastward he shall give us courage.
12 This Indra, O ye men, hath come to see you, seeking a friend who hath expressed the Soma.
The creaking stone is laid upon the altar, and the Adhvaryus come to turn it quickly.
13 Let mortals who were happy still be happy; let them not come to sorrow, O Immortal.
Love thou the pious, and to these thy peoplewith- whom may we be numberedgive- thou vigour.
HYMN XXXII. Indra. 32
1THE well thou clavest, settest free the fountains, and gavest rest to floods that were obstructed.
Thou, Indra, laying the great mountain open, slaying the Danava, didst loose the torrents.
2 The fountaindepths- obstructed in their seasons, thou, Thunderer! madest flow, the mountains'
Strong Indra, thou by slaying even the Dragon that lay extended there hast shown thy vigour.
3 Indra with violence smote down the weapon,
yea, even of that wild and mighty creature.
Although he deemed himself alone unequalled, another had been born even yet more potent.
4 Him, whom the heavenly food of these delighted, child of the mist, strong waxing, couched in
Him the bolthurling- Thunderer with his lightning smote down and slew, the Danavas' wrathfire-,
5 Though he might Never be wounded still his vitals felt that, the Gods' bolt, which his powers
When, after offered draughts, Strong Lord, thou laidest him, fain to battle, in the pit in
6 Him as he lay there huge in length extended, still waxing in the gloom which no sun lightened,
Him, after loudvoiced- threats, the Hero Indra, rejoicing in the poured libation, slaughtered.
7 When gainst' the mighty Danava his weapon Indra uplifted, power which none could combat,
When at the hurling of his bolt he smote him, he made him lower than all living creatures.
8 The fierce God seized that huge and restless coiler, insatiate, drinker of the sweets, recumbent,
And with his mighty weapon in his dwelling smote down the footless evilspeaking- ogre.
9 Who may arrest his strength or cheek his vigour? Alone, resistless, he bears off all riches.
Even these Twain, these Goddesses, through terror of Indras' might, retire from his dominion.
10 even the Celestial Axe bows down before him, and the Earth, loverlike-, gives way to Indra.
As he imparts all vigour to these people, straightway the folk bend them to him the Godlike.
11 I hear that thou wast born sole Lord of heroes of the Five Races, famed among the people.
As such my wishes have most lately grasped him, invoking Indra both at eve and morning.
12 So, too, I hear of thee as in due season urging to action and enriching singers.
What have thy friends received from thee, the Brahmans who, faithful, rest their hopes on thee, O
HYMN XXXIII. Indra. 33
1. GREAT praise to Indra, great and strong mid heroes, I ponder thus, the feeble to the Mighty,
Who with his band shows favour to this people, when lauded, in the fight where spoil is gathered.
2 So made attentive by our hymns, Steer! Indra! thou fastenedst the girth of thy Bay Coursers,
Which, Maghavan, at thy will thou drivest hither. With these subdue for us the men who hate us.
3 They were not turned to uswtrd-, lofty Indra! while yet through lack of prayer they stood
Ascend this chariot, thou whose hand wields thunder, and draw the rein, O Lord of noble horses.
4 Thou, because many lauds are thine, O Indra, wast active warring in the fields
For Surya in his own abode thou, Hero, formedst in fights even a Dasas' nature.
5 Thine are we, Indra; thine are all these people, conscious of might, whose cars are set in
Some hero come to us, O Strong as Ahi beauteous in war, to be invoked like Bhaga.
6 Strength much to be desired is in thee, Indra: the Immortal dances forth his hero exploits.
Such, Lord of Treasure, give us splendid riches. I praise the Friends' gift, his whose wealth is
7 Thus favour us, O Indra, with ihy succour; Hero, protect the bards who sing thy praises.
Be friendly in the fray to those who offer the skin of beautiful and wellpressed- Soma.
8 And these ten steeds which Trasadasyu gives me, the goldrich chief, the son of Purukutsa,
Resplendent in their brightness shall convey me. Gairiksita willed it and so came I hither.
9 And these, bestowed as sacrificial guerdon, the powerful tawny steeds of Marutasva;
And thousands which kind Cyavatana gave me, abundantly bestowed for my adornment.
10 And these commended horses, bright and active, by Dhvanya son of Laksmana presented,
Came unto me, as cows into the Rsi Samvaranas' stall, with magnitude of riches.
HYMN XXXIV. Indra. 34
1. BOUNDLESS and wasting not, the heavenly food of Gods goes to the foeless One, doer of wondrous
Press out, make ready, offer gifts with special zeal to him whom many laud, accepter of the prayer.
2 He who filled full his belly with the Somas' juice, Maghavan, was delighted with the meaths'
When Usana, that he might slay the monstrous beast, gave him the mighty weapon with a thousand
3 Illustrious is the man whoever presseth out Soma for him in sunshine or in cloud and rain.
The mighty Maghavan who is the sages' Friend advanceth more and more his beauteous progeny.
4 The Strong God doth not flee away from him whose sire, whose mother or whose brother he hath
done to death.
He, the Avenger, seeketh this mans' offered gifts: this God, the source of riches, doth not flee
5 He seeks no enterprise with five or ten to aid, nor stays with him who pours no juice though
The Shaker conquers or slays in this way or that, and to the pious gives a stable full of kine.
6 Exceeding strong in war he stays the chariot wheel, and, hating him who pours not, prospers him
Indra the terrible, tamer of every man, as Arya leads away the Dasa at his will.
7 He gathers up for plunder all the niggards' gear: excellent wealth he gives to him who offers
Not even in wide stronghold may all the folk stand firm who have provoked to anger his surpassing
8 When Indra Maghavan hath marked two wealthy men fighting for beauteous cows with all their
He who stirs all things takes one as his close ally, and, Shaker, with his Heroes, sends the kine
9 Agni! I laud the liberal Agnivesi, Satri the type and standard of the pious.
May the collected waters yield him plenty, and his be powerful and bright dominion.
HYMN XXXV. Indra. 35
1. INDRA, for our assistance bring that most effectual power of thine,
Which conquers men for us, and wins the spoil, invincible in fight.
2 Indra, whatever aids be thine, four be they, or, O Hero, three,
Or those of the Five Tribes of men, bring quickly all that help to us.
3 The aid most excellent of thee the Mightiest hitherward we call,
For thou wast born with hero might, conquering, Indra, with the Strong.
4 Mighty to prosper us wast thou born, and mighty is the strength thou hast.
In native power thy soul is firm: thy valour, Indra, slays a host.
5 O Satakratu, Lord of Strength, O Indra, Caster of the Stone.
With all thy chariots' force assail the man who shows himself thy foe.
6 For, Mightiest Vrtraslayer-, thee, fierce, foremost among many, folk
Whose sacred grass is trimmed invite to battle where the spoil is won.
7 Indra, do thou protect our car that mingles foremost in the fights,
That bears its part in every fray, invincible and seeking spoil.
8 Come to us, Indra, and protect our car with thine intelligence.
May we, O Mightiest One, obtain excellent fame at break of day, and meditate our hymn at dawn.
HYMN XXXVI. Indra. 36
1. MAY Indra come to us, he who knows rightly to give forth treasures from his store of riches.
Even as a thirsty steer who roams the deserts may he drink eagerly the milkedout- Soma.
2 Lord of Bay Horses, Hero, may the Soma rise to thy cheeks and jaws like mountainridges-.
May we, O King, as he who driveth coursers, all joy in thee with hymns, invoked of many!
3 Invoked of many, Caster of the Stone my heart quakes like a rolling wheel for fear of penury.
Shall not Puruvasu the singer give thee praise, O everprospering- Maghavan, mounted on thy car?
4 Like the pressstone- is this thy praiser, Indra. Loudly he lifts his voice with strong endeavour.
With thy left hand, O Maghavan, give us riches: with thy right, Lord of Bays, be not reluctant.
5 May the strong Heaven make thee the Strong wax stronger: Strong, thou art borne by thy two
strong Bay Horses.
So, fair of cheek, with mighty chariot, mighty, uphold us, strongwilled-, thunderarmed, in battle.
6 Maruts, let all the people in obeisance bow down before this youthful Srutaratha,
Who, rich in steeds, gave me two dark red horses together with three hundred head of cattle.
HYMN XXXVII. Indra. 37
1. BEDEWED with holy oil and meetly worshipped, the Swift One vies with Suryas' beam in splendour.
For him may mornings dawn without cessation who saith, Let us press Soma out for Indra.
2 With kindled fire and strewn grass let him worship, and, Somapresser-, sing with stones adjusted:
And let the priest whose pressstones- ring forth loudly, go down with his oblation to the river.
3 This wife is coming near who loves her husband who carries to his home a vigorous consort.
Here may his car seek fame, here loudly thunder, and his wheel make a thousand revolutions.
4 No troubles vex that King in whose home Indra drinks the sharp Soma juice with milk commingled.
With heroes he drives near, he slays the foeman: Blest, cherishing that name, he guards his people.
5 May he support in peace and win in battle: he masters both the hosts that meet together.
Dear shall he be to Surya, dear to Agni, who with pressed Soma offers gifts to India.
HYMN XXXVIII. Indra. 38
1. WIDE, Indra Satakratu, spreads the bounty of thine ample grace:
So, Lord of fair dominion, Friend of all men, give us splendid wealth.
2 The food which, Mightiest Indra, thou possessest worthy of renown
Is bruited as most widely famed, invincible, O Goldenhued-!
3 O Darter of the Stone, the powers which readily obey thy will,
Divinities, both thou and they, ye rule, to guard them, earth and heaven.
4 And from whatever power of thine, O Vrtraslayer-, it may be,
Bring thou to us heroic strength: thou hast a mans' regard for us.
5 In thy protection, with these aids of thine, O Lord of Hundred Powers,
Indra, may we be guarded well, Hero, may we be guarded well.
HYMN XXXIX. Indra. 39
1. STONEDARTING- Indra. Wondrous One, what wealth is richly given from thee,
That bounty, TreasureFinder-! bring filling both thy hands, to us.
2 Bring what thou deemest worth the wish, O Indra, that which is in heaven.
So may we know thee as thou art, boundless in thy munificence.
3 Thy lofty spirit, farrenowned- as fain to give and prompt to win,
With this thou rendest even the firm, StoneDarter-! so to gain thee strength.
4 Singers with many songs have made Indra propitious to their fame,
Him who is King of human kind, most liberal of your wealthy ones.
5 To him, to Indra must be sung the poets' word, the hymn of praise.
To him, accepter of the prayer, the Atris raise their songs on high, the Atris beautify their