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By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Rc, rk, Rc, Rk, RRic, rrik

  • Ṛc, ṛk is a mantra of the Rgveda.
  • It is generally defined as a stanza set to metrical norms and conveying some definite meaning.
  • Pādas[1] and mātrās[2] are the regulating principles.


  1. Pādas means lines.
  2. Mātrās means syllabic instants.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore