‘ Mudgala’s wife,’ both figure in a hopelessly obscure hymn of the Rigveda, variously interpreted by Pischel and Geldner and von Bradke as telling of a real chariot race in which, despite difficulties, Mudgala won by his wife’s aid. The Indian tradition is as variant as the interpretations of modern authorities. Sadguruśisya explains that Mudgala’s oxen were stolen, that he pursued the thieves with the one old ox he had left, and that hurling his hammer (dru-ghana) he caught the marauders. Yāska, on the other hand, says that Mudgala won a race with a drugliana and an ox instead of with two oxen. It is pretty clear that, as Roth observed, the tradition is merely a guess, and a bad one, at the meaning of an obscure hymn, and this view is accepted by Oldenberg.8 Bloomfield9 has interpreted the legend as one of heavenly, not of human, events. Mudgala, probably a variant form of Mudgara, which in the later language means a hammer or a similar weapon, may be meant as a personification of the thunderbolt of Indra, rather than a real man. Later Mudgala is a mythical sage.
noun (masculine) name of a ṣi with the patr. Bhārmyaśva (Monier-Williams, Sir M. (1988))
name of a disciple of Sākalya (Monier-Williams, Sir M. (1988))
name of a people (Monier-Williams, Sir M. (1988))
name of a son of Bhadrāśva
name of a son of Viśvāmitra (Monier-Williams, Sir M. (1988))
name of various authors and other men (Monier-Williams, Sir M. (1988))
the descendants of Mudgala (Monier-Williams, Sir M. (1988))
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