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The Shatapatha Brahmana is a prose text describing Vedic rituals, history and mythology associated with the Śukla Yajurveda.

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Why does this verse of Satapatha Brahmana call women and Shudras as untruth?

This verse of the Satapatha Brahmana calls Shudras and women as untruth . The part from where it is taken deals with the pravargya ceremony. 14.1.1.31 aśūdrociṣṭī eṣa vai dharmo ya eṣa tapati saiṣā ...
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What was/is the origin, direction of flow and countries watered by the Drishadvati River as per scriptures?

As per one site it is said that the Drishadvati river originates from the pot of Brahma (maybe at Pushkara). Apparently this reference has been taken from the Satapatha Brahmana. Question Would like ...
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Is this verse really there in Shatapatha Brahmana? Please show me the reference

This verse "Tasya prajapatirardhameva martyamasidardhamrutam" is usually supposed to be part of the Shatapatha Brahmana, and according to certain users, meant that the Purusha would be half ...
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Do stories, such as Prajapati having intercourse with his daughter or creating cattle out of his sperm, have any scriptural basis?

The stories mentioned in the question are from the reference below. Do these stories have any scriptural basis, and if so, I would like to understand the ethical concerns/dilemmas regarding these ...
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What's the tAtparya of न वै योषा कंचन हिनस्ति in Shatapatha Brahmana?

न वै योषा कंचन हिनस्ति appears in SB 6.3.1.39 The weapon/spade is personified as a female and these lines are spoken to it. What's the tAtparya behind such a reference?
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Does the Satapatha Brahmana actually discuss Shiva and the Daksha Yajna?

There is an incident described in the Śatapatha Brahmana 1.7.4, where the devatas get angry with a certain behaviour of Prajāpati, and consequently Lord Shiva punishes him. The more one reads this ...
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Do rupa of God mentioned in satapatha brahmana?

Do satapatha brahmana tells god as rupa The satapatha brahmana tells Rama and Krishna is avatar of lord
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Were there only three Varnas in Vedic Age?

Satapatha Brahmana II. 1.4.11 “(Uttering), ‘bhuh’, Prajapati generated this earth. (Uttering)‘bhuvah’ he generated the air, and (Uttering) ‘svah’ he generated the sky.This universe is co-extensive ...
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Alternatives to animal sacrifice during Vedic yajnas, according to Brahmana texts?

I seem to remember having read somewhere that one or more of the ancient Brahmana texts (maybe Shatapatha Brahmana) allow performing Vedic yajnas by providing alternatives to animal sacrifice, like ...
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Is Shiva not freed of sin?

I found a verse in shatpath brahman:- “Pragâpati said to him [Rudra], 'My boy, why do you cry, when you are born out of labor and trouble?' He said, 'Nay, but I am not freed from sin; I have no name ...
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Which Mleccha languages were revealed by the Asuras?

According to the Shatapatha Brahmana, the Mlecchas speak the languages of the Asuras of Patala. The gods then cut her off from the Asuras; and having gained possession of her and enveloped her ...
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Wherein the Shatapatha Brahmana it was mentioned about 8.64 lakh alphabets in Vedas?

It was stated in one of the books of Agniveer that Shatapatha Brahmana states that Vedas have 8.64 lakh alphabets. Can anyone quote the actual text from Shatapatha Bahmana, wherein it was stated so?
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Ambika, the sister of Rudra? [duplicate]

The Shatapata Brahmana Section 2.6.2 mentions something very interesting: He offers 1, with the text (Vâg. S. III, 57 a), 'This is thy share, O Rudra! graciously accept it together with thy ...
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Who are these deities mentioned in the Shatapatha Brahmana?

Shatapatha Brahmana 2.3.2 while talking about the Agnihotra fire-sacrifice mentions the following verses: Verily, in him that exists, these deities reside, to wit, Indra, king Yama, Nada the ...
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In which Kalpa/Manvantar did the gods became immortal for the FIRST time?

We are all aware how the gods became immortal after consuming Amrit but I came across another interesting story about how they gained immortality even before drinking the elixir. Shatapatha Brahmana 2....
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Why were the Saptarishis prevented from having relations with their wives?

Shatpatha Brahmana 2.1.2 gives the details about setting up sacrificial fires under the Krittikas (Pleiades constellation) and mentions something interesting: He may set up the two fires under the ...
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Who is Samyuka Barhaspatya?

The Shatapatha Brahmana 1.9.1 mentions about a certain priest who went to heaven after performing a particular fire-sacrifice: Thereupon he pronounces the 'All-hail and blessing' (sam-yos). Now it ...
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Who is the Rishi Hiranyastupa of the family of Angiras?

Shatapatha Brahmana 1.6.4 mentions that Indra after hurling the thunderbolt at Vritra, hid himself and certain divinities were deputed to find him: Agni of the deities, Hiranyastûpa of the ...
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Who was Parâvasu the former Hotri for Asuras?

Shatapatha Brahmana 1.5.1 mentions an interesting thing about the priests of the Devas and Asuras: He steps beside the Hotri's seat, takes one stalk of (reed) grass from the Hotri's seat and casts it ...
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Who is the 'messenger' of Asuras and what is his story?

Shatapatha Brahmana 1.4.1 mentions how Agni was chosen by the gods as their messenger: He recites [the eighth sâmidhenî]: 'Agni we choose as messenger!' Now the gods and the Asuras, both of them ...
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What is the story of the three previous Agnis who passed away?

The Shatapatha Brahmana 1.3.3 mentions the following interesting conversation between Agni and the other gods: He then lays the (three) enclosing-sticks (paridhi) around (the fire). The reason ...
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Who was the wife of Manu who was sacrificed by the priests of the Asuras?

I came across an interesting story while reading the Shatapatha brahmana regarding Manu's encounters with the priests of Asuras about whose identity I had asked a separate question. These two had ...
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Who were the two priests of Asuras (not Shukracharya)?

I came across an interesting story while reading the Shatapatha brahmana regarding Manu's encounters with the priests of Asuras: Manu was in possession of a bull. Into him had entered an Asura-...
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Are these rituals really done in Ashvamedha as per Brahmanas? Is the translation correct?

When the water for washing the feet is ready, they make the chief queen (Mahishi) lie down next to the horse, and they cover the two of them up with the upper cloth as they say the verse, ‘Let the ...
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Is the daughter of Brahma in shatpatha brahmana Sandhya the nymph or saraswati?

The story of Brahma lusting after his daughter due to arrow struck by kama deva is present in shatpatha brahmana, my question is, is the daughter called Sandhya or saraswati, because there is ...
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was Vishnu beheaded in Shatapatha Brahmana?

I remember reading he went to sleep next to his bow and the other gods sent ants to gnaw the bow-string. When the string broke the bow straightened out and took Vishnu's head off (in some versions ...
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If two kings perform a sacrifice which yields victory, and fight each other, who wins?

The Vedas have sacrifices which, when performed, yield guaranteed victory in the next battle fought. If two kings perform that sacrifice and fight each other, who wins?
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Who is the Rig Vedic god Manyu who resembles Indra?

Rig Veda Book 10 Verse 83 mentions someone called Manyu while describing the exploits of Indra: HE who hath reverenced thee, Manyu, destructive bolt, breeds for himself forthwith all conquering ...
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What is the difference between these four types of Brahmanas?

I got the following four categories of Brahmanas from Which of the Brahmana says, "wife is half her husband?" [A] Shatapatha Brahmana [B] Aitareya Brahmana [C] Gopatha Brahmana [D] ...
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Does Shatapatha BrAhmaNa explicitly mention about leelas of Lord Vishnu?

One of the users have posted about a story from shatapatha brAhmaNa about cutting head of the god. From this answer of @KeshavSrinivasan, The connection between Vishnu and the Sun is described in ...
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Is Sri Kurma an avatar of Lord BrahmA (Prajapati)?

It is believed that Tortoise (kurma) avatar is of Lord Vishnu as per the puranic legends. However, one of the users of the site has quoted an interesting passage from vedas citing that Lord Kurma is ...
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Why did Tvastar, the father of Vritra fashion the Vajra that killed his own son?

The Shatpatha Brahmana states that Vritra was created by Tvastar to avenge the killing of Trisiras by Indra. However, many verses in RV call Tvastar the creator of Vajra for example Rigved 1.32.1 says:...
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Is there a relation between Gadhi, the Kaushik incarnation of Indra and Ahalya?

Indra, in the Subramanaya invocation is referred to as both Kaushik, one who calls him Gautama as well as the lover of Ahalya (Shatpatha Brahman relevant chapter). While the part about Gautam and ...
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Satapatha Brahmana 10:4:2:23

Wikipedia mentions that Rik-Veda has 432 000 syllables and refers to Satapatha Brahmana as the source of this information. Satapatha Brahmana 10:4:2:23 states the following: "He arranged the Rik-...
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Where is the Vedic verse that says Indra has never fought for a single day?

This chapter of the Shatapatha Brahmana of the Yajur Veda describes how Brahma created the Devas and Asuras from his breath. After he created both, he realized that the Asuras were evil, so he ...
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What is the story of the gods disappearing from the Earth?

The Agnihotra is a twice-daily Vedic Yagna that is required to be performed by all Dvijas. (It's not as commonly practiced nowadays, because it can be substituted with Naivedyam, which constitutes a ...
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Why was Agni inside the mouth of the first king of Videha?

This chapter of the Satapatha Brahmana of the Yajur Veda describes how the ancient king Videha Madhava founded the kingdom of Videha, the kingdom that Sita's father Janaka later ruled. Once Videha ...
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Knowledge of divisibility of numbers in the Vedas - Shatapatha Brahmana

This article mentions an excerpt from A.L. Basham's book A Cultural History of India. The excerpt goes on to give a lot of examples about mathematics in the Vedas. I am mentioning the relevant part ...
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The number of syllables in the Rig Veda - 4,32,000

This wiki article on Rig Veda says that there are 4,32,000 syllables in all the shlokas combined. It also says that the Shatapatha Brahmana of the Yajur Veda mentions this. Where is this mentioned? ...
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Where does the Shatapatha Brahmana mention Kartikeya as son of Rudra?

I have found several websites and texts mentioning Shatapatha Brahmana says Kartikeya as son of Rudra. Wikipedia here also mentions the same.. The Shatapatha Brahmana refers to him as the son of ...
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How is killing of black deer for skin and other products justified

Shatpath Bramhana says that brahmin boys should cover their bodies with skin of Black Deer or Krishna Mriga (Black Buck), and this is okay if they don't just kill them for that purpose. A dead buck's ...
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What is shathpatha Brahman

I want to know what exactly is shathpatha bramhan and what is it used for? I mean this page describes it as The Satapatha Brahmana is a Hindu sacred text which describes details of Vedic rituals, ...
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What does our scripture say about marriage? Why should we marry?

I heard from Parama Pujya Morari Bapu's Rama Katha that starting from our birth we have parents supporting us in every situation until they become old. And we have our friends and family members also ...
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Did the divine architect Vishwakarma cause the Earth to submerge?

Vishwakarma, AKA Tvashta, is the architect of the gods. He built, among other things, Indra's city of Amaravati, Krishna's city of Dwaraka, and Ravana's city of Lanka. His daughter Sanjana married ...
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What were the Vedic stories recited during the Ashwamedha Yagna?

Many Vedic Yagnas (fire-rituals) would last for months or even years, so it was customary to take breaks at regular intervals, and during those breaks a story would often be recited. In fact, it was ...
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What is the origin of Brahma's four heads?

Brahma, the creator of the universe, is depicted as having four heads. Is there a story behind it?
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What happened to Vishnu's incarnation Narayana after his Pancharatra Yagna?

As I discuss in this answer, one of the most prominent incarnations of Vishnu in ancient times was the sage Narayana, twin brother of the sage Nara and son of Yama god of death. Nara and Narayana ...
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What parts of the TaittirIya Samhita of the Yajur Veda are Shruti?

As I discuss in this answer, each of the four Vedas consists of four portions: Samhitas, the core part of the Vedas which consist of verses heard from the gods; Brahmanas, commentaries on the Samhitas ...
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Who is the figure Aktakshya, quoted in the Shatapatha Brahmana of the Yajur Veda?

The Shatapatha Brahmana of the Yajur Veda, in a passage that simultaneously discusses the creation of the world and the way to properly conduct a yagna (fire-ritual), quotes two individuals concerning ...
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