Samaveda

the musical Veda of Hinduism
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Samaveda is third in the usual order of the four Vedas, the ancient core Hindu scriptures. It is the second oldest Veda . It is written in sanskrit There are 1549 verses (except 75 verses, all have been taken from Rigveda) There are two Upanishads embedded in Samaveda – Chandogya Upanishad and Kena Upanishad The Samaveda is considered as the root of the Indian classical music and dance It is considered as the storehouse of the melodious chants Though it has lesser verses than Rigveda, however, its texts are larger There are three recensions of the text of the Samaveda – Kauthuma, Raṇayaniya and Jaimaniya Samaveda is categorised into two parts – Part-I includes melodies called Gana & Part-II includes three verses book called Archika. Samaveda Samhita is not meant to be read as a text, it is like a musical score sheet that must be heard.