Yajur Veda

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Yajur Veda

The Yajur Veda mantras deal with the rituals of worship or the ceremonial aspect of Hinduism. There are about 1,975 mantras known as yajus that explain the significance of the performance of sacrificial rites. Many of the Yajur Veda mantras are found in the Rig Veda. The two branches of Yajur Veda are Krishna Yajur Veda and Shukla Yajur Veda. The former has both prose and poetry while the latter has only poetry. The language of the Yajur Veda and its descriptions of devas and societies are very similar to that of the Rig Veda. There are a large number of mantras connected with yajnas like Ashvamedha, Vajapeya and Rajsuya. There are also mantras related to devotion in the Yajur Veda.

The special priest of the Yajur Veda is known as adhvaryu. He is an expert in reciting mantras for specific rituals in yajnas.

The Taittiriya and Shatapatha Brahmanas and Brihadaranyaka and Ishavasya