rudram and chamakam (fwd)

Jaldhar H. Vyas jaldhar at BRAINCELLS.COM
Wed Feb 23 11:21:48 CST 2000

On Wed, 23 Feb 2000, Sankaran Jayanarayanan wrote:

> From: subhanu saxena <subhanu at>


> The rudrAnuvAkah is actually recited during the agnicayanam fire piling, the
> mantras for which are mainly found in Taittiriya Samhita 4th kANDa (This
> kANDa begins with the famous "yunjAnah prathamam manah..., and quote from RV
> "SRNvanti viSwe amrtasya putrAh", which was recited by Swami Vivekananda at
> the Chicago parliament of world religions).  It is a milk offering poured
> over one of the specific bricks that are used to build the bird shaped
> altar.

I posted about this sometime last year.  According to the
Shatapathabrahmana, the Rudradhyaya is also called "shantadaivatam"
Because Rudra Bhagawan pervades all, we can't get a space to perform the
Yajna unless he has vacated it first, so it is a request to Him to leave
quietly and not be angry with us for his deeds.  (Especially because it is
for personal gain.)


>(I dont have readily at hand the exact references
> for where rudram and chamakam are found in the Shukla yajur veda tradition,
> but they are in the samhita portion there also)

The namaka is the 16th adhyaya of the Vajasaneyi Samhita, and the chamaka
is the 18th.

Jaldhar H. Vyas <jaldhar at>

bhava shankara deshikame sharaNam

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