Nirukta is one of six Vedangas which are very essential to completely understanding Vedas. Nirukta is the study of the origin of Sanskrit words i.e etymology which is very useful for understanding and interpreting Sanskrit words.

Now, when I was reading the preface of Rigveda by Gayatri Pariwar, I found the following line (you can read it online at Awgp Literature:

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The English translation (meaning) of the line underlined is:

Even Niruktakara Yaska mentioned/counted around 400 words of Vedas of which meaning is not known to him

I want to know which are those 400 words whose meaning is not known/understood to even Niruktakara Yaskacharya? (Is there a list of those 400 words available?)

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  • Good luck on this interesting question. You might have to set a bounty for something so esoteric. That said, I'm going to try my Google-fu. Commented Oct 14, 2018 at 5:50
  • Good question. However, only a Sage can answer this question. Yaska was only a scholar and thus could not understand the words used by composers of Veda, who were sages by themselves. @Pandya Commented Oct 7, 2019 at 2:02
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    Does this author cite any sources for his statement? I have studied Niruktam many times, and there is no list by Yaska saying he doesn't know the meanings of 400 words. He actually thoroughly expounds the etymology of words from the Nighantu, and does it very systematically.
    – RamAbloh
    Commented Jul 10, 2020 at 23:32
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    This question MIGHT be already Questioned and answered HERE
    – Vivikta
    Commented Mar 19, 2021 at 6:46


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