Introduction to the {f}gveda

  • CG10.
  • The Vedic literature is the principal pillar on which the Indian tradition rests. The {f}gveda, being one of the most ancient extant literary works and being of great historical and linguistic significance, has always been a worthy subject of research for scholars worldwide. Various fascinating aspects of this work will be dealt with in the course. Though designed for a general audience interested in literature in general or in Sanskrit literature in particular, the course may also be of interest to students in an academic program in Sanskrit.
  • Instructor: Tanuja P. Ajotikar.
  • Schedule: 10th September – 19th November 2022.
  • Course meeting times: Saturday 9:30–10:30am U.S. Central Time (8:00–9:00pm IST; 9:00–10:00pm IST after 6th November 2022).
  • Prerequisite: None.
  • Course fee: $300.
  • Course fee for residents of India: ₹3,000.
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Lecture Topic
1 What is Veda? Various meanings of the word veda. The extent of the Vedic literature. The four {s}aMhitAs, {b}rAhmaRas, {A}raRyakas, {u}panizads, sUtra literature, etc.
2 What is the {f}gveda? One of the oldest extant literary works of human civilization. Threefold arrangement in azwakas, maRqalas, and anuvAkas.
3 What is a hymn? Types of hymns, topics covered in hymns. A sample: the first and last hymns of the {f}gveda.
4 Types of recitation of the {f}gveda.
5 Overview of deities in the {f}gveda, and the deity {a}gni.
6 Hymn 2.12 to {i}ndra.
7 Hymn 1.25 to {v}aruRa.
8 The {h}iraRyagarBasUkta.
9 The {n}AsadIyasUkta.
10 Other interesting sUktas in the {f}gveda.