Kapisthala-Kāthaka-Samhitā

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By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Kapisthala-Kathaka-Samhita, Kapisthala-KAthaka-SamhitA, Kapisthala-Kaathaka-Samhitaa


Kapisthala-Kāthaka-Samhitā is the Samhitā of the Kṛṣṇa Yajurveda group. The only manuscript available is incomplete. Its svara system[1] resembles that of the Ṛgveda. It has 64 chapters spread over 8 aṣṭakas. The following are the details as available now:

  1. First Aṣtaka: It is complete with eight chapters.
  2. Second Aṣṭaka: It is damaged and incomplete.
  3. Third Aṣṭaka: Chapters 9 to 24 have been lost.
  4. Forth Aṣṭaka: Chapters 25 to 31 are intact. Chapter 32 is lost. Chapter 27 is the famous Rudrādhyāya.
  5. Fifth Aṣṭaka: All chapters except the 33rd have been recovered.
  6. Sixth Aṣṭaka: The 43rd Chapter has been lost. The rest seven chapters are available.

The contents are similar to the other Samhitās of this Veda.


References

  1. Svara system is the Vedic intonation.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore