A Vedic Reader for Students: Containing Thirty Hymns of the Rigveda in the Original Saṃhitā and Pada Texts, with Transliteration, Translation, Explanatory Notes, Introduction, Vocabulary

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Motilal Banarsidass Publ., 1992 - Vedic language - 263 pages
The Reader by A. A. Macdonell is meant to be a companion volume to his Vedic Grammer for Students. It contains thirty hymns selected from the Rgveda primarily for students who while acquainted with classical sanskrit are beginners of vedic lacking the aid of a teacher with adequate knowledge of the earliest period of the language and literature of India. In conjunction with the author`s Vedic Grammar the reader aims at supplying all that is required for the complete understanding of the selections. A copious index has been added for the purpose of enabling the student of utilize to the full the summary of Vedic Philosophy which this book contains.

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