About the Book
This is a very rare collection of the important
hymns in the Vedas, the treasure house of Indian
Culture, our great heritage. The book gives an
insight into Vedic tradition. The gods in the Vedas
and the hymns related to them are studied in this
book. It describes the beginning of the universe, the
birth of Prajapathi and the First Man. We can see
Savithru, Agni, Indra, Soma and other Vedic Gods
in this book. Hymns relating to these gods are also
given. Some stories relating to these Gods are also
included. The book is prepared with a new
approach. It is the first of its kind. You can get in
this book, a glimpse of the unfathomable treasure
house of our culture, the Vedas. Rare mastery of
the contents of the Vedas, Upanishads and
Brahmanas, is displayed by the author of this book.
The Gods and hymns are presented in such a way
that it will appeal to the taste of modern readers,
without overemphasising spirituality or philosophy.
About the Author
Dr. Leela Devi is a famous writer with deep
scholarship in the classical Sanskrit literature. She
has studied the Vedas, the Upanishads the
Brahmanas, Puranas etc. In an effort to share the
great knowledge she translated into Malayalam the
four Vedas, ten Upanishads, Brahmanas,
Dharshanas, Valmiki Ramayana, Vyasa Bharata,
Manu Smruti and other Sanskrit books. She has
written more than a hundred books. She writes in
English also. Dr. Leela Devi is a multilinguist who
handles more than five languages quite fluently.
Her English Translation of Nagananda, and Manu
Smruti are very famous. She writes an Hindu
Mythology in English also.
The Vedas are the roots of our culture. Yet, the Vedas are
almost unknown to those who are proud of this Vedic culture.
This book is an effort to help people become more conscious of
this heritage and realise their own life. The Vedas are not
primitive, they possess a depth, a critical awareness and a
sophistication, not found in many other ancient cultures. They
are not modern and as such have a special appeal and quality.
This book is neither a study of the Vedas, nor is it an attempt
to evaluate the spirituality of the Vedas. The Vedas are seen
as a revelation, a disclosure of something that enriches the
human experience. The Vedas are considered as a source of
spiritual enlightenment, yet this is not a philosophical study.
Many great scholars have tried to interpret these ancient
documents of culture to man.
My attempt is to make the common man understand the
Vedic Gods and some of the hymns and mantras in the Vedas.
The nature of the Gods in the Vedas has been the subject of
the discussion of many scholars. There are many famous
theories. I do not consider that Vedic Gods are cosmic powers.
At the same time they are not mere expressions of man’s psyche.
We cannot say that they are little gods surrounding the supreme
God. Let us assume that the Gods are real. The Gods are
not the plural of the monotheistic God.
I believe this collection of the description of tne main Gods
in the Vedas is the first of its kind. Many Gods who were very
important and powerful in the Vedas lost their importance later
and in the Upanishads, Brahmanas etc. they appear as less
important. A very clear example is Indra. The importance
given to Indra in the Vedas is very great. There are a number
of verses which praise him and extoll his valorous deeds. Some
of these stories have been included in this book. I have not
tried to give these stories any spiritual interpretation.
Vishnu is another example. In the Vedas he has less
importance than many gods. He is often called Upendra.
But later, Vishnu gained importance and rose to the status of
Some of the important hymns have also been included in
this book to make the reader aware of the magnificence of the
Vedas, to lead him to this great store house of human thoughts
**Contents and Sample Pages**