[Advaita-l] Seeking clarification on Rigveda recitation

Balasubramanian Ramakrishnan rama.balasubramanian at gmail.com
Tue Nov 26 10:40:55 CST 2013

If a svarita ocurs before a pure repha, then the repha is pronounced with
what is termed as ardha-svarita accent in some rg-vedic traditions. It's
neither a dirgha svarita nor the usual svarita.  The repha is kind of
replicated, but the svarita is not completely transferred to it, unlike for
example in the previous verse araN~!!kR^itAH. What I mean is, although the
svarita is supposed to be on the rakAra in araN~kR^itAH, the svarita is
transferred to the following anunAsika and the svarita also becomes dIrgha.
Here the rakara itself is pronounced udaatta samam. In the case you ask,
the bhi retains the svarita, but the repha is kind of replicated in a
svarita tone (same as the bhi), hard to explain, but easy to say.

This is quite different from both pANini as well as the taittiriiya
prAtishakhya, where it is explicitly mentioned that repha is *not* to be

There are variations on this between different rg vedic traditions.


On Mon, Nov 25, 2013 at 10:53 PM, Bhaskar YR <bhaskar.yr at in.abb.com> wrote:

> praNAms
> Hare Krishna
> Kindly clarify whether we have to recite following Riks with deergha
> svarita or svarita :
> 01.  vAya ukthebhirjarante tvAmachhA jaritAraH - (ashtaka -1, adhyAya-1,
> sUkta-2, varga-3) here 'bhir' in ukthebhiH should have deergha svarita or
> svarita??
> 02.  nAsatya vruktabarhishaH - (ashtaka-1, adhyAya-1, sUkta-3, varga-5)
> here also same doubt whether barhishaH should have deergha svarita or
> svarita??
> Liwewise in 'manurhitaH' (sUkta-13) manurhitOgne (sUkta-14),
> dhyubhiraktubhirhitaM (sUktka-34, adhyAya-3)
> In printed version of Kannada Rigveda saMhita (Ramakrishna Mission
> publication) these mantra-s have only 'svarita'.  But my teacher asked me
> to make correction.  But when I heard 'saMhita' recitation elsewhere, only
> 'svarita' used while reciting these maNtra-s.  I think we cannot say it is
> pAtha bedha, because 'svara' itself differs in these maNtra-s.  Kindly
> clarify.  My special request to Sri Vidya prabhuji and Sri Ananda Hudli
> prabhuji.
> Hari Hari Hari Bol!!!
> bhaskar
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