The Bharadvaja Danastutis

This article is a compilation of the Bharadvaja danastutis.

A Danastuti, or “hymns in praise of donors”, recounts the gifts or donations received from a king or prince. Such gifts and donations were made in appreciation of services rendered, especially at the end of a successful battle or war. Kings and princes were counselled on strategy, in addition, the seers were known to consecrate arms and weapons to be used in the war as well as use battle charms (often magical) for their patrons and against the enemies.


Danastuti from RV Mandala VI, Hymn 027, Verses 08

Composer: Bharadvaja Barhaspatya

08 Two wagon-teams, with damsels, twenty oxen, O Agni, Abhyavartin Cayamana
The liberal Sovran, giveth me. This guerdon of Prthu’s seed is hard to win from others.


Danastuti from RV Mandala VI, Hymn 045, Verses 31-33

Composer: Samyu Bharadvaja

31 Brbu hath set himself above the Panis, o’er their highest head,
Like the wide bush on Ganga’s bank.
32 He whose good bounty, thousandfold, swift as the rushing of the wind,
Suddenly offers as a gift.
33 So all our singers ever praise the pious Brbu’s noble deed,
Chief, best to give his thousands, best to give a thousand liberal gifts.


Danastuti from RV Mandala VI, Hymn 047, Verses 22-25

Composer: Garga Bharadvaja

22 Out of thy bounty, Indra, hath Prastoka bestowed ten coffers and ten mettled horses.
We have received in turn from Divodasa Sambara’s wealth, the gift of Atithigva.
23 Ten horses and ten treasure-chests, ten garments as an added gift,
These and ten lumps of gold have I received from Divodasa’s hand.
24 Ten cars with extra steed to each, for the Atharvans hundred cows,
Hath Asvatha to Payu given.
25 Thus Srnjaya’s son honoured the Bharadvajas, recipients of all noble gifts and bounty.


Danastuti from RV Mandala VI, Hymn 063, Verses 09-10

Composer: Bharadvaja Barhaspatya

09 Mine were two mares of Puraya, brown, swift-footed; a hundred with Sumidha, food with Peruk
Sanda gave ten gold-decked and well-trained horses, tame and obedient and of lofty stature.
10 Nasatyas! Purupanthas offered hundreds, thousands of steeds to him who sang your praises,
Gave, Heroes! to the singer Bharadvaja. Ye-Wonder-Workers, let the fiends be slaughtered.
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