From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

A stotra is a Vedic chant composed of verses mainly taken from the Ṛgveda. It is generally chanted in ritual service. The Yajñāyajñīya is the name of a stotra chanted as a sāman[1] in the tṛtīyasavana or the third pressing of the soma juice in the Agniṣṭoma sacrifice.[2] The udgātṛ begins the chant. Everyone including the onlookers can join in the chanting if they know it. However, they are expected to cover their heads and ears during chanting.


  1. Sāman means set to Sāmavedic notes.
  2. Āpastamba Śrautasutras 13.15.3
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore