Consider the following pairs:

  1. Rig Veda→ Collection of hymns to various deities
  2. Sama Veda→ Book of songs
  3. Yajur Veda→ Collection of short prose used in rituals
  4. Atharvaveda→ The procedures for everyday life

  Which of the above are correct?

Answer: [D] 1, 2, 3 & 4

Rig-Veda is a collection of samhita, and mandala of 1028 hymns composed in Vedic Sanskrit. These hymns are dedicated to various deities. The Sama Veda is a book of songs (saman) based on Rig-Veda. There are two versions of Yajur Veda, Krishna Yajurveda and Shukla Yajurveda. Yajurveda is a collection of short prose used in rituals. The Atharvaveda has less connection with sacrifice and deals with normal procedures for everyday life. Atharvaveda is also known as “Veda of magical formulas”.

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