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What the gods drank

Soma was a favourite beverage of the Vedic deities and was offered in most of the sacrifices performed to please gods like Indra, Agni, Varun, Maruts and so on, whose names occur frequently in the Rig Veda. Of them Indra, who is known by 45 epithets and to whom the largest number of Rig Vedic hymns — 250 out of more than a thousand — are dedicated, was the most important

This article originally appeared in English here, in the Indian Express.

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About The Author

D. N. Jha

D.N. Jha is former professor and chair, Department of History, University of Delhi. He is the author of The Myth of the Holy Cow (Navayana, 2009)

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