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One of the four Vedas, specifically dealing with the mantras said while performing each step of a Yagna.

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Where does Yajurveda have “karpūragauraṁ karuṇāvatāraṁ…bhavaṁ bhavānīsahitaṁ namāmi” verse?

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 || ...
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Why is Lord Surya also called Suryanarayana?

Narayana (Nara+Aayna) is the one who rests on water. But why is this Narayana, epithet of Lord Vishnu, used as suffix for Lord Surya, the Sun God? Is there any story behind this name?
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Has the Anukramani of the Shukla Yajur Veda ever been published in any form?

Each of the four Vedas consists of four parts: Samhitas, Brahmanas, Aranyakas and Upanishads. But the core of the Vedas is the Samhitas, which consist of verses heard directly from the gods by sages ...
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In which verse of Shukla YajurVeda is Om Namah Shivaya mantra present?

I know that the 'Om Namah Shivaya' mantra is present in Krishna YajurVeda, but i have been led to believe that it's also present in the Shukla YajurVeda. Please share the location the verse.
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Why does the Yajur Veda call Vishnu overlord of the mountains?

The main Yagna (fire-ritual) described in the Vedas is the Soma Yagna, where a drink taken from a plant (whose identity was lost) is offered. But the Vedas also describe some less important Yagnas, ...
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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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Who did Indra receive a prophecy from in a golden ship?

This excerpt from the Baudhayana Shrauta Sutras, a text associated with the Yajur Veda, describes an interesting story involving a war between the Devas and the Asuras: When gods and demons fought ...
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Do Vedas or Shruti describe Lord Shiva as Sattva (सत्व)?

There are many misconceptions that Lord Shiva is Tamasic God and scriptures of Him are Tamasic Scriptures. Some people even suggest not to read His stories as they are ostensibly believed to be ...
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Who are the Vajin gods?

This excerpt from the Baudhayana Shrauta Sutras, a text associated with the Yajur Veda, describes a ritual which ironically is not from the Yajur Veda: athātathchandasyanāmrātāni hutānumantraṇāni ...
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Why is Yajurveda classified as Krishna and Shukla?

As we know, One single Veda is divided into four Vedas. Rig Veda SamaVeda Yajur Veda Atharva Veda (Believed to be divided later) Vedas were divided by Krishna Dwaipayana on the basis of the usage of ...
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Which verse of Sri Rudram of Yajurveda has the word “Shiva”?

People generally believe that "Shiva" is not mentioned in Vedas but "Shiva" is mentioned in the Śatarudrīya in the eighth anuvaka of the Sri Rudram of Yajurveda. That text is the origin of the Pranava ...
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Who is the seer of the Isha Upanishad?

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 hymns heard from the gods; Brahmanas, commentaries on the Samhitas ...
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What is the best time to read Sri Rudram?

I would like to know the best time to read Sri Rudram (Namakam Chamakam) and also the order in which we need to read. Are there any rituals that should be performed while reading Sri Rudram? The ...
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The speed of light - Taittirya Brahmana of the Yajurveda

This research paper, The Speed of Light and Puranic Cosmology, by Subash Kak discusses the various notions of distance between places and also the speed of Sun, light etc. It mentions that the speed ...
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Siva sankalpa mantra meanings

I'm interested to know the meaning of Siva sankalpa mantras. In particular the following two mantras: एका च दश शतं च सहस्रं चायुतं च नियुतं च प्रयुतं चार्बुदं च नयर्बुदं च तन्मे मनः शिव संकल्पमस्तु ...
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What are the five kind of offerings and vedic hymns Srimad Bhagavatham is referring to?

In this verse from Srimad Bhagavatham 4.7.41, Fire God is praising Narayana. The fire-god said: My dear Lord, I offer my respectful obeisances unto You because by Your favor I am as luminous as ...
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Is the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad part of the Brihad Aranyaka?

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, which provide instructions ...
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Who is addressed as “the step of Vishnu” in the Yajur Veda?

The Fourth Khanda of the Taittirya Samhita of the Yajur Veda is chanted during the preparation of the altar of a Yagna (fire-ritual), and the second Prapathaka of this Khanda, which is chanted during ...
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Who is the seer of the Nila Sukta, the Vedic hymn to Vishnu's wife Nila Devi?

Most people know about Radha, who is said to be Krishna's lover and his favorite among the Gopis, whom Krishna spent time with during his childhood in Vrindavan and Gokulam. Yet the Sri Vaishnava sect ...
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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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I want to know the actual meaning of 'Na tasya pratima asti' (Yajurveda 32.3)

I want to know the actual meaning of Na tasya pratima asti (Yajurveda 32.3). I am searching for the precise answer but unable to find it.
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What is the Agni Savitra Vidya that Indra taught to sage Bharadvaja?

In this excerpt from the Taittiriya Brahmana of the Yajur Veda, a story is told involving Indra and the sage Bharadvaja. Bharadvaja spent three successive births practicing Brahmacharya in order to ...
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In which worship are these organs mentioned in YajurVeda offered to Lord Shiva?

Association of various bodily organs to Lord Shivas AsthaMurty form (8 forms) are mentioned in YajurVeda. Here is passage from YajurVeda Taittariya Samhita 1.4.36: चित्तम् संतानेन भवं यक्ना रुद्र ...
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How does Purva Mimamsa explain mentions of human beings in the eternal Vedas?

As I discuss in this question, by far the most popular school of Hindu philosophy is the Vedanta school, which bases its tenets on the doctrines laid out in the Brahma Sutras, a work by the sage Vyasa ...
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Are Vaishyas mentioned in the Vedas?

I know that Vaishya and Shudra are not mentioned in Rig-Veda but Yajurveda verse lists Shudra, so my question is: Do Rig, Sama, Yajur Vedas mention it (Vaishya)? and Does Atharvaveda mention them ...
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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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What is Aruna Prashna?

The Aruna Prashna is a part of the Taittiriya Sakha of the Krishna Yajur Veda. Aruna is the name of the charioteer of Surya. What does this section talk about?
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How is reciting Rigveda swara (udatta anudatta swarita) different from Yajurveda?

I observed that in Rigveda, swarita is recited with high pitch with some extra time in that pitch as compared with Yajurveda. But some people won't follow this, they will simply recite riks as yajus ...
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What are the rules mentioned in vedas for people?

Samhitas do not mention dharma but rta what acts really supports rta according to vedic samhitas daily life, manners etc. Note:—please mention from rigveda and samaveda after that yajurveda and these ...
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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 Indra relearning the Vedas from Vishwamitra?

This chapter of the Shatapatha Brahmana of the Yajur Veda describes the Subrahmanya hymn, which despite its name has no connection to Shiva's son. It's a hymn recited in the beginning of Yagnas in ...
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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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Why 8th Anuvaka of Sri Rudram is special and what are benefits of chanting it?

I have noticed in various congregation, especially during Athi Rudra Maha Yagnam, while chanting the 8th Anuvaka(i.e. Paragraph) of Namakam नमः॒ सोमा॑य च रु॒द्राय॑ च॒ नम॑स्ता॒म्राय॑ चारु॒णाय॑ च॒ नमः ...
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Where is the mention of Jain tirthankars in Yajurveda?

According to wikipedia article on Rishabhanatha - The Yajurveda mentions the name of three Tīrthaṅkaras – Ṛṣabha, Ajitanatha and Arishtanemi, states Radhakrishnan, and "the Bhāgavata Purāṇa ...
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What is the meaning of mAyA mentioned in the Rudram?

Famous hymn Rudram, 11th Anuvaka has the following mantra Mantra 16 ये ते सहस्रमयुतं पाशा मृत्यो मर्त्याय हन्तवे । तान् यज्ञस्य मायया सर्वानवयजामहे ॥ Mantra 17 मृत्यवे स्वाहा- ...
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Does the Atharvasiras derives this mantra from YajurVeda or quotes from other Veda?

Atharvasiras Upanishad is one of the ancient Upanishad and perhaps the only Upanishad which is quoted in DharmaShastras (like Gautama 19.12, Vasistha 22.9 etc.. ) It is a part of AtharvaVeda. The ...
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Where do the Vedas mention trees doing Yagnas?

As I discuss in this question, by far the most popular school of Hindu philosophy is the Vedanta school, which bases its tenets on the doctrines laid out in the Brahma Sutras, a work by the sage Vyasa ...
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Have the Baudhayana Grihya Sutras ever been translated into English?

There are six Vedangas or supplements to the Vedas: Siksha or prounciation, Chandas or poetic meter, Vyakarana or grammar, Nirukta or etymology, Kalpa or rituals, and Jyotisha or astrology. My ...
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Where does Maharishi Bodhayana hails Sri Rudram 1.6 mantra as Kavacham (Armour)?

Sri Rudram hymn is a part of YajurVeda Samhita (which I discuss here) In the Krishna Yajurveda Taittariya Samhita it is present from 4.5.1 to 4.5.11, thus forming total 11 Anuvakams: The sixth mantra ...
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Who is the seer of the “food hymn” of the Yajur Veda?

The Taittiriya Upanishad ends with a description of what happens to souls after they attain Moksha: [H]e sits down singing this Sâman (of Brahman): "Hâvu, hâvu, hâvu! I am food (object), I am ...
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Why does the Yajur Veda call Vishnu the Nikhuryapa and the Nibhuyapa?

The Seventh Kanda of third Prapathaka of the Taittiriya Samhita of the Yajur Veda explains various Yagnas (Vedic fire-rituals), and in particular the third Prapathaka of this Khanda provides some of ...
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Do Yajurveda 40.9, Yajurveda 32.3 and Bhagavadgita 7.20 reject idol worship?

First of all, I am a Hindu myself and I am saying this with no intentions of converting to any other religion but there some misconceptions that really boggle my mind. The biggest of them is that in ...
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Where does Yajur Veda have Mantra Pushpam hymn?

Even Wikipedia confirms that Mantra Pushpam is taken from Yajur Veda. Where this hymn can be found? Whether in Krishna Yajur Veda or Shukla Yajur Veda or both? And also quote the number of hymn.
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Are the Vedas timeless?

Yajur Veda 19.37 Cleanse me the Fathers who enjoy Soma! Grandfathers make me clean! May Great-grandfathers cleanse me with a sieve that brings a century. May my Grandfathers cleanse me, may my ...
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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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What debate took place between Shree Yajnavalkya Rushi and his Guru Shree Uddalaka during the King Janakas sacrifice?

While reading about great Rushi Shree Yajnavalkya , I have came across a story about him Read here This is the short story - Once King Janaka of Videha wanted to know from which real Brahmanishtha (...
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Where can I find an English translation of the Taittiriya Shakha of the Krishna Yajur Veda?

Where can I find an English translation of the Taittiriya Shakha of the Krishna Yajur Veda? Sacred-texts.com only has the Taittiriya Samhita. I want an English translation of the Brahmana and ...
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Is the Madhyandina Shakha of the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad available in English?

As I discuss in this answer, each of the four Vedas consists of four parts: Samhitas, which consist of mantras addressed to the Devas; Brahmanas, which consist of instructions for public Yagnas; ...
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Swastika in Scriptures

Swastika is Auspicious symbol for Hindus. I have only heard about the significance of Swastika no solid proof from Shastras. Where is swastika mentioned in Yagna Rituals specifically Yajurveda if it ...