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The Purāṇa literature gives ample information about the existence of Śākhā-Saṁhitās. Deviations in text, order and number of ṛk mantras started giving rise to different Śākhā-Saṁhitās from the time of Ācārya Paila; Patańjali referring to twenty­ one Śākhā-Saṁhitās of the Ṛgveda. This publication is an attempt to examine the existence of Śākhā-Saṁhitās of the Ṛgveda as mentioned by the Purāṇas, Patańjali, Mahīdāsa and other authorities, scrutinizing textual evidence in support of them. The focus is, however, on the Āśvalāyana-Saṁhitā, with a background on Ācārya Āśvalāyana and exploring the antiquity, treatment of accent and Padapāṭha of the text by referring to various sources. Published in two volumes it presents a detailed and systematic study of the full text of the Āśvalāyana-Saṁhitā of the Ṛgveda. The verses of the ten Maṇḍalas are given in original form and examined critically in a thorough study. The additional mantras of the Āśvalāyana­Saṁhitā are also presented with the original Sanskrit verses followed by their translation in Hindi and English. Āśvalāyana­Saṁhitā of the Ṛgveda, a critical edition (with Padapāṭha) of which has been made available in print for the first time, must be put on shelves by every library which has interest in Indian classical literature. Moreover these volumes are bound to interest Vedic scholars and students in particular and Indological scholars of Indian religion and culture in general.


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