By Swami Harshananda
Sometimes transliterated as: Vasudevopanisad, VAsudevopaniSad, Vaasudevopanishad
Vāsudevopaniṣad is a minor upaniṣad belonging to the Sāmaveda group. It is a short work in the form of a dialogue between the sage Nārada and Lord Vāsudeva, mostly in the anuṣṭubh metre interspersed with prose sentences. The main theme is how to prepare and wear the tripuṇdra mark with the yellow clay called gopīcandana, on the different parts of the body. Parts of the body on which the tripuṇdra has to be inscribed are:
- Praṇava means Oṅkāra.
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore