[Advaita-l] Re: Question on Kumara Suktam of Rg Veda

Ramakrishnan Balasubramanian rama.balasubramanian at gmail.com
Wed Dec 1 13:35:58 CST 2004

Fantastic! Thanks!

I knew I would most probably get the info from you. You are really a
gold-mine of vedic informaion.


On Wed, 01 Dec 2004 10:50:28 +0000, Anand Hudli <anandhudli at hotmail.com> wrote:
> rama.balasubramanian at gmail.com wrote:
> >I am trying to locate the so-called Kumara Suktam in the Rg Veda,
> >which is used in Subrahmania temples in Tamil Nadu. Can any Rg vedin
> >provide the exact reference, so that I can consult my book?
> Coincidentally, I had the same question until I enquired of some of my Tamil
> friends. The subrahmaNya sUkta consists of three R^ig Vedic sUktas:
> 1. maNDala 4, sUkta 15: The R^iShi here is vAmadeva gautama, devatAs are
> agni, somaka, and the ashvins. The meter is the celebrated gAyatrI
> 2. maNDala 5 sUkta 2:  The R^iShi is kumAra Atreya, the devatA is agni. All
> but the 12th verse are in triShTup. The 12th is in shakvarI.
> 3. maNDala 10, sUkta 62: The R^iShi is nAbhAnediShTha, the devatAs are
> vishvedevas or angirasas and sAvarNi. The sUkta has various meters - jagatI,
> anuShTup, pragAtha, gayatrI, and triShTup.
> The first two sUktas speak of "kumAra" whereas the fourth R^ik in the third
> sUkta contains the word "subrahmaNyaM". Probably this why these sUktas are
> used in the worship of kumAra.
> There is a tradition of the Krishna Yajur veda where the sarpa sUkta is used
> as a subrahmaNya sUkta, perhaps because it ends with "subrahmaNyom.h".
> Anand

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