Mandala 10 – Hymn 138 [Rig Veda]

1. ALLIED with thee in friendship, Indra, these, thy priests, remembering Holy Law, rent Vrtra limb from limb, When they bestowed the Dawns and let the waters flow, and when thou didst chastise dragons at Kutsa’s call. 2. Thou sentest forth productive powers, clavest the hills, thou dravest forth the kine, thou drankest pleasant meath. Thou gavest increase through this Tree’s surpassing might. The Sun shone by the hymn that sprang from Holy Law. 3. In the mid-way of heaven the Sun unyoked his car: the Arya found a match to meet his Dam foe. Associate with Rjisvan Indra overthrew the solid forts of Pipru, conjuring Asura. 4. He boldly cast down forts which none had e’er assailed: unwearied he destroycd the godless treasure-stores. Like Sun and Moon he took the stronghold’s wealth away, and, praised in song, demolished foes with flashing dart. 5. Armed with resistless weapons, with vast power to cleave, the Vrtra-slayer whets his darts and deals fordi wounds. Bright Usas was afraid of Indra’s slaughtering bolt: she went upon her way and left her chariot there. 6. These are thy famous exploits, only thine, when thou alone hast left the other reft of sacrifice. Thou in the heavens hast set the ordering of the Moons: the Father bears the felly portioned out by thee.



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