Introduction to Vedas

The Vedas have always been regarded as a sacred revelation; they are the oldest records of Indian religious literature and the life of the Vedic man. In Indian religious tradition, they are called Shruti, the knowledge that has come down to us through ‘hearing’, mainly through the tradition of teachers and students who studied and preserved these sacred texts as their religious duty, memorizing them and passing them on to the next generations.

This rich ancient Indian heritage forms a basis of almost every later development in Indian tradition. They are four in number and consist of a collection of hymns(Rigveda), sacrificial formulas (Yajurveda), chants (Samaveda), and a variety of mantras (Atharvaveda). While the Vedas are the prayers addressed to various deities, they also possess secular contents, a variety of subjects, and echo the aspirations and the dreams, the hopes and the fears of Vedic man.

Series of lectures were conducted from 7th September 2020 to 3rd October 2020.

These series of lectures showed how Vedas have played an important role in the socio-religious traditions of India and how they have influenced the ways of thinking of Indian people.


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