Pāṇiniya Sikṣā

From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Paniniya Siksa, PANiniya SikSA, Paaniniya Sikshaa

Pāṇiniya Sikṣā is listed as one of the six Vedāṅgas. It is a Śikṣā or phonetics which teaches about the correct chanting of the Vedic mantras. Out of the several Sikṣās listed in Vedic works and allied literature, it is only the Pāniniya Sikṣā that is available now in the most complete form. Though it goes in the name of Pāṇini, the famous grammarian, it is actually composed by Piñgala, the younger brother of Pāṇini. In the available text there are sixty ślokas or verses. A smaller version comprising of twenty-two verses occurs in the Agnipurāṇa. It seems to belong to the Ṛgveda as well as the Yajurveda.


  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore