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20 Dec

Important Trivia about Vedic Shruti Literature

On Aranyakas
As we discussed earlier, they were created in forests and are for students and hermits They make a bridge between the Karma of Brahmana and Gyana of Upanishads
There are no Aranyaka appended to Atharvaveda
On Upanishads
Upanishad means to sit down near someone and denotes a student sitting near his guru to learn They specify philosophical knowledge and spiritual learning and their main motto is “Knowledge Awards Salvation”
Upanishads are also called Vedanta, because they reveal the final aim of Vedas
Oldest Upanishads are Brhadaranyaka and Chandogya Latest Upanishad is Muktikā Upnishad recorded by Dara Shikoh in 1656
Dara Shikoh, the unlucky son of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan is known to have translated fifty Upanishads into Persian
There are 108 Upanishads, of which 11 are predominant and called Mukhya Upanishads

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