Gāndharva-veda

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By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Gandharva-veda, GAndharva-veda, Gaandharva-veda


As Science of music

Veda means science of knowledge. The gandharvas are a class of demigods who were considered experts in the field of music, the science of music including musicology. Hence it came to be known as Gāndharva-veda.

As Literature

Sometimes a work called Gāndharva Veda, comprising of 30,000 verses, is believed to have existed as an Upaveda of Sāmaveda. But it is not available now.


References

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