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A hymn by hymn ‘index’ of the deities addressed in the Ṛg Veda, relating through various stories and myths how each hymn was first spoken to the god. It is traditionally attributed to a sage called Śaunaka, but recent philological research has redated it to the time of the early Purāṇas, the pattern of which it seems to anticipate.

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