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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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Did Yajurveda contain titles like “Satarudriya”?

I have 2 quick questions. Did the original yajur veda always have chapter titles like "SataRudriya" and so on or were they given by Rishis? What's the meaning of "SataRudriya" as a word?
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How is Kṛṣṇa Yajurveda saṃhita different from Śukla Yajurveda?

Are both Śukla and Kṛṣṇa Yajurveda saṃhitas derived from the same parent source or are they totally independent from each other? Are there any mantras common to both?
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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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What is the meaning of this verse 2:2:10 of Krishna Yajurveda?

Asavadityo na vy arocata tasmai devah, prayascittim aichan tasma etam. Somaraudram carum nir avapan tenaivasmin rucam adadhus (Krishna Yajurveda 2:2:10) What is the exact meaning of this shloka? ...
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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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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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Is Śukla Yajurveda 26.2 also present in Kṛṣṇa Yajurveda?

Is this verse from Śukla Yajurveda also present in Kṛṣṇa Yajurveda? TITUS White Yajur-Veda: Vajasaneyi-Samhita (Madhyandina) Part No. 26 Verse: 2 Sentence: a yátʰemā́ṃ vā́caṃ ...
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Is killing infidels allowed in Hindu Scriptures?

Yajur Veda 13.12, ”O king, make progress in thy duty of administration, extend happiness to the virtuous. O terrible chastiser, burn down the irreligious foes. O splendid person, humiliate and ...
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Does Sri Rudram Hymn indicate Lord Shiva or It can be attributed to some other God also?

Many believe that Sri Rudra prashna of Taittariya Samhita is dedicated to Lord Shiva only. Do these mantras have an alternative meaning? Is there any different interpretation of these mantras in a ...
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Did Sāyaṇa commentate on Śukla Yajurveda?

Wikipedia says Sāyaṇa belonged to the Taittirīya Śākhā of Kṛṣṇa Yajurveda. So was his commentary on Yajurveda limited to Kṛṣṇa Yajurveda or did he commentate on Śukla Yajurveda too? Sāyaṇa ...
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Why Rudra was described as a physician or a surgeon as per Vedas?

As per Shiva purana, we know that how Shiva had cured chandra & fixed the head of goat and elephant in the case of daksha & ganesh. But why Rudra was described as a physician, surgeon or the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Reference for the Yajur Vedic verse to summon an army

I came across the following verse which was claimed to be from Yajur Veda which I'm unable to transliterate or find reference for. The Verse is for summoning an Army. The following pronunciation might ...
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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 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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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 ...
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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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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 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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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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Where is Sri Rudram Hymn present in the Vedas? I know it's in Krishna YajurVeda. Is it present In Shukula YajurVeda also?

Here is a link where i have read that it's present in Adhyaya 16 of Vajasena Samhita: Which verse of Sri Rudram of Yajurveda has the word "Shiva"? If yes please share the link where this ...
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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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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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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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Is the name Kabeer mentioned in the Vedas ? Is Kabeer Das a god According to the Vedas?

I was challenged by a person who told me that kabeer das is a god. According to the Vedas and that he contributed a few Vedic lines but I don't know much about the Vedas, but have a huge respect for ...
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Who are the seers of narayana suktam and sri rudram/shat rudriyam respectively?

They are the most prominent hymns for shaiva and vaishnava traditions, but which sage heard them?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Is Taittireya Samhita of Yajurveda is a different book or a chapter of Yajurveda?

Like Sri Valmiki Ramayana consists of chapters like bala kanda,sundar kanda etc,so the Taittireya Samhita is a chapter of Yajurveda or a different book?
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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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Do Vedas contain scientifically inaccurate verses? [closed]

Sky can fall on Earth: Rig Veda II.17.5 Fast (Indra) upheld the earth that nourisheth all life, and stayed the heaven from falling by his wondrous skill. Cooked articles causes rain: Yajur ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...