One of the most famous slokas used for Lord Shiva (Rudra) during arti or prayer is

कर्पूरगौरं करुणावतारम् संसारसारं भुजगेन्द्रहारम् |
सदा वसन्तं हृदयारविन्दे भवं भवानीसहितं नमामि ||

karpūragauraṁ karuṇāvatāraṁ sansārsāram bhujagendrahāram |
sadāvasantaṁ hṛdayāravinde bhavaṁ bhavānīsahitaṁ namāmi ||


I bow to Shiva along with Shakti (Parvati), who resides ever in the lotus of my heart, Who is the color of camphor, who is filled with kindness, who is the support of the world and who wears a snake as a garland.

This verse has word "bhujagendrahāram" which means the one who has Lord of serpents as ornament. This is interesting because i think Rudra in Vedas is not mentioned with Serpents (I can be wrong too).

Many sites on internet including wiki say this verse is from Yajurveda and wiki cites Devichand's translation of Yajurveda but I couldn't find it in that book. Also, I couldn't find it through Digital Corpus of Sanskrit.

Where exactly Yajurveda has this verse? Is it from Krishna Yajurveda or Shukla Yajurveda? If from Samhita, who is Rishi and what is meter for this verse? I think Devata must be Rudra, but also mention Devata for this Mantra. If this is from Brahmana or Aranyaka, mention exact verse location.

Note: I want to know exact location of this verse. Please don't provide some external site which says this verse can be found in Yajurveda.

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    I feel its not at all part of any Veda. because the language clearly suggests so. Further if it is vedic then it would be chanted in swara which is also not the case. – Rakesh Joshi Jul 30 '17 at 8:05
  • @RakeshJoshi Even i'm not sure of it. I think it might be present in Aranyaka or Brahmana or some lost Sakha of Yajurveda. But since is said it is from Yajurveda, it might be present in Yajurveda. – The Destroyer Jul 30 '17 at 8:12
  • in any shakha if it was there it will be clearly known from its language. i am almost sure that its not from main vedic literature. could be a later day upanishad. Further, it is also debatable if aranyakas etc constitute the veda. – Rakesh Joshi Jul 30 '17 at 8:17
  • yajurveda brahmana is mixed with samhita itself its not separate. – Rakesh Joshi Jul 30 '17 at 8:21
  • @RakeshJoshi ok. I have also included Aranyaka and Brahmana (though some believe they don't constitute Vedas). But Shukla Yajurveda has them separately. – The Destroyer Jul 30 '17 at 8:23

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