triyuga त्रियुग

Definition: neut., is an expression occurring in the Rigveda where it is said that the plants (osadhi) were born three ages * before the gods (devebhyas triyugam pur a). The commentator on the Nirukta thinks that the ages here meant are the Yugas of the later Indian chronology, the sense of the passage being that the plants were born in the first Yuga. The author of the śatapatha Brāhmana understands three seasons—spring, the rains, and autumn—to be meant in the verse, taking the two words triyugam purā separately as formerly, in the three seasons.’ The vague sense ‘ three ages ’ is quite adequate: the use of ‘ three ’ in such cases is a favourite feature in folklore. Cf. Yuga.

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