The seers and sages of this holy land sacrificed their lives and passed on to us the Vedas and Śastras, which constitute the invaluable treasure of eternal knowledge , useful for both the mundane and spiritual worlds. The Vedas embody the eternal values of our great civilization, which kept our unique culture alive.
The four Vedas, which were known to have about 1131 branches earlier, have now only 13 branches traceable. Among them, the Yajurveda, with a total of 101 branches in the past, is broadly distributed under two segments, viz., Krishna Yajurveda and Śukla Yajurveda. The statistical reports of this literature indicate that Kṛṣṇa Yajurveda was having 86 branches and Śukla Yajurveda was having 15 banches. This was the status upto about twelve hundred years back. Like all other segments, the Kṛṣṇa Yajurveda also witnessed several setbacks during the alien rule and is now said to have four branches only, under the titles of taittirīya, katha, kâpisthala and maitrâyanīya branches. However, for all practical purposes, it is reduced to taittirīya branch, which only is being taught in the Vedic schools.
In this background, all our great saints and scholars have been emphasising the need for preservation and propagation of the Vedic knowledge for the benefit of mankind at all times. Accordingly an attempt is made to describe the details with as many view points as possible in a condensed form. The present workwith the title of “The Splendour of Kṛṣṇa Yajurveda- a monograph” is an outcome in that direction.
- Dr. Remella Avadhanulu