Mandala 5 – Hymn 77 [Rig Veda]

1. FIRST worship those who come at early morning: let the Twain drink before the giftless niggard. The Asvins claim the sacrifice at daybreak: the sages yielding the first share extol them. 2. Worship at dawn and instigate the Asvins:nor is the worshipper at eve rejected. Besides ourselves another craves and worships: each first in worship is most highly favoured. 3. Covered with gold, meath-tinted, dropping fatness, your chariot with its freight of food comes hither, Swift as thought, Asvins, rapid as the tempest, wherewith ye travel over all obstructions. 4. He who hath served most often the Nasatyas, and gives the sweetest food at distribution, Furthers with his own holy works his offspring, and ever passes those whose flames ascend not. 5. May we obtain the Asvins’ newest favour, and gain their health-bestowing happy ildance. Bring riches hither unto us, and heroes, and all felicity and joy, Immortals!



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