Wheel of Rgveda

Rigveda

The Rigveda is an ancient Indian collection of Vedic Sanskrit hymns, likely composed between c. 1500–1200 BC. It is a collection of 1028 hymns, organized into ten books. The hymns are dedicated to Rigvedic deities like Agni (fire ), Indra (sky ) and Varuna (water). Many philosophical questions about the origin of the universe and the nature of god are also addressed.

The Wheel

The wheel can used to traverse the collection, by chapter, or by subject. I recommend starting with the 'selections' by different anthologists, which have more popular hymns. Clicking on the outermost layer will take you the wikisource page of the hymn. Clicking on the center will zoom out one level. Clicking anywhere else will zoom into that subset. The Leaves are colored by the deity, which gives you a sense of the predominant deity in any chapter or selection.

Design

Graphics novel publisher lilboox.com.

Credits

Built with D3.js. This example is modified from the Coffee Wheel by Jason Davies, which in turn is based on an example by Mike Bostock. In my version the outermost leaves are hyperlinks, and the leaf labels are displayed only when zoomed into.

The association of deities to hymns was parsed from the Sacred-texts index of mandalas.