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I have read both Srisuktam and PurushSuktam.

Can anybody please tell me the actual difference between these 2 shlokas. I know SriSuktam is a hymn for Goddess Laxmi but don't know about PurushSuktam.

  • Can you please clarify what two slokhas are you referring to? I do not see the slokhas in your question. – Vidyarthi Jan 24 at 7:11
  • Purusha Suktam is a sukta that occurs in Rg, Yajus, and Sama Vedas. The version in the Sama Veda contains only 5 mantras and not the others you can find in the Rg and Yajur vedas. You can see it like the book of genesis in a way, though not exactly the same. It glorifies the Virat Purusha outlining HIS form, the mystical attributes, and then goes on to say how the world / people of different varnas originated from HIM. Most interpretations take that entire suktam as a hymn on Lord Sriman Narayana / VishNu. contd in the next message - – Vidyarthi Jan 24 at 7:16
  • That's because one of the mantras says "hreemscha te Lakshmischa patnyau". But some interpretations also take this as Aditya (who is a form of VishNu any way by our scriptures). So for the purposes of upasana, you can take Purusha Sukta as a hymn on Lord VishNu and Sri Sukta as a hymn on Mother Maha Lakshmi. – Vidyarthi Jan 24 at 7:18
  • Also I would not use the term "slokhas" to refer to The Vedic Mantras (don't mean to go into deep waters on some of these classifications / semantics. That's a separate topic) – Vidyarthi Jan 24 at 7:19
  • It is the 90th suktam in mandalam 10 of The Rg Veda. I need to check for the exact location in the Yajur Veda and Sama Veda (it is there because I have seen it in my copy of The Vedas). It also occurs in the Atharva Veda. And Sri Suktam can be found both in Rg and Yajur Veda, though the swaras differ mildly. It may be in Sama Veda also, though I need to check (memory is fading) – Vidyarthi Jan 24 at 7:36
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Purusha Suktam is a sukta that occurs in Rg (10th Mandala, 90th Sukta), Yajus (31st chapter of Sri Shukla Yajur Veda, and 3.12 of the Taittiriya Aranyaka), Sama (Aranya Khanda, Dashati 7), and Atharva(19.6) Vedas. The version in the Sama Veda contains only 5 mantras and not the others you can find in the Rg and Yajur vedas.

You can see it like the book of genesis in a way, though not exactly the same. It glorifies the Virat Purusha outlining HIS form, the mystical attributes, and then goes on to say how the world / people of different varnas originated from HIM. Most interpretations take that entire suktam as a hymn on Lord Sriman Narayana / VishNu.

That's because one of the mantras says

hreemscha te Lakshmischa patnyau".

But some interpretations also take this as Aditya (who is a form of VishNu by our scriptures). So for the purposes of upasana, you can take Purusha Sukta as a hymn on Lord VishNu and Sri Sukta as a hymn on Mother Maha Lakshmi.

Sri Suktam can be found both in Rg and Yajur Veda, though the swaras differ mildly. As you mentioned, IT is a suktam on Mother Sri - meaning Maha Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth.

  • The Śrī Sūkta forms part of the khilanis or appendices to the Ṛkveda. These were late additions to the Ṛkveda, found only in the Bāṣkala śākhā. In respect of Purusha Sukta also variations can be found between that in Rig Veda and others. – srimannarayana k v Jan 25 at 1:58
  • Eulogising Lakshmi as a deity was a later date development but not core vedic. In Rig Vedic Purusha Sukta, only brAhman was eulogised but not Vishnu. – srimannarayana k v Jan 25 at 2:01
  • @srimannarayanakv while it is possible that is was a later addition, do you have any reference / research work to support this? I don't disagree with you, and I do believe there are many later additions both in The Vedas and The Puranas. However I try to be careful in classifying the verses, and hence seeking some study in this regard. As for Sri Suktam there is no clear way for me to decide either way. Rg Veda contains content both highly philosophical as well as material and worldly in nature. I don't want to rule something as latter inclusion just going by that classification. – Vidyarthi Jan 25 at 3:42
  • Sri Suktam was composed mentioning her (i) as wife of Vishnu - विष्णुपत्नीं,(ii) By Obtaining Whose Grace through Her Beautiful Soft Glance, Lord Brahma, Indra and Gangadhara (Shiva) become Great - श्रीमन्मन्दकटाक्षलब्ध विभव ब्रह्मेन्द्रगङ्गाधराम् . I don't think it is core Vedic version, but later day addition only @Vidyarthi – srimannarayana k v Jan 25 at 10:04
  • Rig Veda, the core one, mentions Indra as the Chief of Gods, ALL powerful, one who is unconquerable, etc. Then how can Indra became great due to Glance of Lakshmi.? No. I can't agree Sri Suktam to be part of core Veda. Further, Where are Brahma and Shiva mentioned in Core Veda, ie., Rig Veda? @Vidyarthi – srimannarayana k v Jan 25 at 10:08

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