[Advaita-l] Question on Sarpa sUkta of Krishna Yajur veda

Ajit Krishnan ajit at mudgala.com
Sat Dec 4 17:01:50 CST 2004

Sarpa Suktam:

namo astu sarpebhyaH : 		Taittiriya Samhita 4.2.8
idam sarpebhyaH : 		Taittiriya Brahmana 3.1.1
nighR^ishvairasamaayutaiH : 	Taittiriya Aranyaka 1.12

The first part is found among the udaka-shanti mantras. The second & third
parts are taken from the nakshatra sukta & aruna prashna respectively.


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Shri Ananad,

Sarpa sUkta of Krishna Yajur veda: Where does it occur? Is it part of
Also I recall a panchasat in first prasnam of Aranyakam (Surya Nanmaskara
Prasnam) ending with "subrahmaNyom"


S. Krishnan
Date: Wed, 01 Dec 2004 10:50:28 +0000
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Subject: [Advaita-l] Re: Question on Kumara Suktam of Rg Veda
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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".



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