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Understanding the Vedas

Understanding the Vedas
Item Code: NAB758
Author: Dr. Mrs. Bhagyalata A. Pataskar
Publisher: Vaidika Samshodhana Mandala, Pune
Language: English
Edition: 2006
Pages: 286
Cover: Paperback
Other Details: 8.5 inch X 5.5 inch
About the Book

After completion of primary studies of Sastras at Nrisimhawadi — his birthplace — Sri Dattamaharaja further proceeded to Sangli, Dharwad and Pune for further studies. He fully mastered Nyaya, Vyakarana, Mimamsa and Vedanta. His research study of "Nimbarka Bhasya Vedanta Parijata Saurabha" - a one thousand pages work — is published by Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth (in 1965). Sri Dattamaharaja Kavisvara, a blessed disciple of Sri Diksita Svami, contributed a lot in editing the works of Vasudevananda Sarasvati, the Guru of his Guru. (This work running in l2 volumes is published by Sri Gulavani Maharaja, one of the disciples of Sri Vasudevananda Sarasvati).

Sri Dattamaharaja was conferred several honors, to quote few out of them are — Suvarna Kataka by Kanchi Peeth. The title Vidyavacaspati by Babu Rajendra Prasad, the first President of India, Rastriya Samskrta Pandita, by President of India etc. etc.

Sri Dattamaharaja, a living Vedanta and great spiritual authority, succeeded Sri Gulavani Maharaja and enriched his divine work With his spiritual Sadhana he proved to be the beacon light to thousands of people.



‘Understanding the Vedas' is the collection of 26 research articles by eminent scholars. We really feel great pleasure while releasing this book.

The articles of this volume deal with almost all the aspects of Vedic studies viz. language, ritual, philosophy, culture, branches, recitation etc. etc.

We take this opportunity to express our deep sense of gratitude towards the scholars who have contributed to this bunch of valuable articles. We could not but mention few names i.e. Dr. M. A. Mehendale, Dr. P. D. Nawathe, Dr. S. D. Joshi, Dr. T. N. Dharmadhikari, Dr. M. D. Pandit and Dr. Mrs. Shobhana Gokhale. These senior scholars, despite of their ill—health and busy schedule made the articles available to us within a few I days. Dr. Mrs. Sindhu Dange, Dr. H. C. Patyal, Dr. Mrs. Indu Deshpande and Dr. G. U. Thite also honored our request. This shows their sincerity towards the cause and love for the Vaidika Samsodhana Mandala.

We are quite sure that these articles throwing light on different dimensions of Vedic studies, will give an idea of expanding horizons of Vedic Studies.

With deep sense of gratitude we acknowledge the generous donation given by Late Commodore M. K. Lele and Mrs. Lele. With love for Vedas and with obeisance for their Guru Brahmasri Dattamaharaja Kavisvara, Mr. and Mrs. Lele gave this donation. We feel sorry to add this sad note here that commodore M. K. Lele breathed his last just two months ago. On behalf of Vaidika Samsodhana Mandala and on behalf of the contributors of this volume we pay homage to him.

We also acknowledge the financial assistance given by Dr. N. K. Bhide, Pune and The Rsi Trust, Pune. We are aware that without this financial support we could have hardly materialized our dream.

Ms. Ketaki Gokhale deserves our thanks for the speedily and carefully type-setting. We also thank Ms. Vaijanti Dhole-Patil and Ms. Surekha Wagle of Step in Services, Pune for perfectly and timely printing.




1. Yajnayudhani – Dr. BhagyashreeBhagwat 1-7
2. Position of Mimamsa in the Vedic Period – Dr. S. Bhat 8-24
3. Dimensions of Vedic Study – Dr. Sindhu Dange 25-35
4. A Note on Environment in the Satapatha Brahmana (SBr) – Dr. Indu Deshpande 36-41
5. Oral Tradition of the Vedic Literature (Rgveda) – Dr. T. N. Dharmadhikari 42-59
6. Traces of Matriarchy in the Vedic Tradition – Dr. Manjusha Gokhale 60-71
7. Significance of the Vedic Rituals Mentioned in the Naneghat Inscription – Dr. Shobhana Gokhale 72-84
8. Sayantai and Serate – Dr. S. D. Joshi 85-93
9. Foundations and Developments of Vedic Recensions – (Late) Dr. C. G. Kashikar 94-114
10. The Ban on Sea-travel: The Vedic Evidence – Dr. Madhavi Kolhatkar 115-125
11. Study of the Opinions of Paithinasi – Dr. Vinaya Kshirsagar 126-133
12. A Note on the Kausika Sutra 34.11 – Dr. Nirmala Kulkarni 134-139
13. Word ‘Apatya’ in Nirukta – Various Connotations – Dr. Gauri Mahulikar 140-148
14. Itihasapuranabhyam Vedam Samupabrmhayet – Dr. M. A. Mehendale 149-152
15. Some Interpretations of Vedic Sacrifice: A Glance – Dr. Madhavi Narsalay 153-163
16. A Note on Manisarn Tar. 3.13.2 – Dr. P.D. Navathe 164-167
17. Concordance of Vedic Denominatives Interpreted by Veda – A Case for – Dr. M. D. Pandit 168-186
18. The Vedic Oral Tradition and the Theorotization of the Pronunciation of anusvara – Dr. Bhagyalate Pataskar 187-201
19. Some Peculiar Sandhis – Dr. H. C. Patyal 202-204
20. Vedic Dityavah, Turyavah and Pasthavah – Dr. Pratibha Pingle 205-213
21. The Samita and Samitra – Dr. P.C. Sahoo 214-230
22. Relationship between the Vautama-school and Asvalayana-school – Dr. Jayashree Sathe 231-239
23. Philosophical Value of Some Vedic Legends – Prof. Uma Shankar Sharma ‘Rishi’ 240-248
24. Scope of Purusasukta – Dr. Manik Thakar 249-260
25. Vedic Studies in Maharashtra – Dr. G. U. Thite 261-270
26. Some Observations on Vedic Commentaries, with Special Reference to Sayana – Dr. Uma Vaidya 271-282
  Contributors 283-288


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