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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.


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