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In this book, we analyze the psycho-social consequences faced by Indian American children after exposure to the school textbook discourse on Hinduism and ancient India. We demonstrate that there is an intimate connection—an almost exact correspondence—between James Mill’s colonial-racist discourse (Mill was the head of the British East India Company) and the current school textbook discourse. This racist discourse, camouflaged under the cover of political correctness, produces the same psychological impacts on Indian American children that racism typically causes: shame, inferiority, embarrassment, identity confusion, assimilation, and a phenomenon akin to racelessness, where children dissociate from the traditions and culture of their ancestors.

This book is the result of four years of rigorous research and academic peer-review, reflecting our ongoing commitment at Hindupedia to challenge the representation of Hindu Dharma within academia.

Kāthaka Samhitā

From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Origin of Kāthaka Samhitā[edit]

The Kṛṣṇa Yajurveda has four śākhās or recensions. The Kāthaka Samhitā or Katha Samhitā is the third in that series. There are very few followers of this Samhita, even in South India which is the home of Kṛṣṇa Yajurveda.

Sections of Kāthaka Samhitā[edit]

Kāthaka samhitā work has five kāṇdas or sections. It is further divided into subsections known as ‘sthānakas’. The five kāṇdas with forty sthānakas contain total of 3091 mantras. A brief description of the same may be given as follows:

  • Ithimikākāṇḍa - It describes 18 purodāśa or rice-cakes. It also details the duties of adhvara and describes some yāgas like Vājapeya and Rājasuya.
  • Madhyamikakānda - It details the tales of Sāvitrī, svarga (heaven), dīkṣita (consecrated sacri- ficer), āyusyahoma and so on. It gives the information regarding Sattra, Cāturmāsya, Oramikākāṇḍa sava, Sautrāyaṇī etc.


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