prose explanation attached to the Samhitas (hymns and mantras) of the Vedas

The Brahmanas are a collection of Indian books. The books give more information on the Vedas, the four holiest books of the Hindu religion.

The Brahmanas give instructions on the proper performance of rituals. They also explain the original symbolic meanings.[1]

Each Vedic shakha (school) has its own Brahmana. Many Brahmana texts existed in ancient India. Most of these have been lost.[2]


  1. "Brahmana". Encyclopædia Britannica. 19 February 2015. Retrieved 9 December 2016.
  2. Moriz Winternitz (2010), A History of Indian Literature, Volume 1, Motilal Banarsidass, ISBN 978-8120802643, pages 175-176