[Advaita-l] Prayoga texts from the raajaa-vedapaaThashaalaa

Venkatesh Murthy vmurthy36 at gmail.com
Fri Jan 19 22:23:04 EST 2018


I heard Tamil Brahmins have a different Prayoga for Karmas like Pitru
Tarpana. They are using Kurchas and do Avahana of Pitrus in those Kurchas
and then they give Tila Tarpana with Vedic Mantras for male ancestors.
For female ancestors like Pitamahi there are no Vedic Mantras before Tila
Tarpana. But Karnataka and Andhra Brahmins are giving Tarpana to Pitrus
without any Kurchas. There is no Avahana for Pitrus. They are not muttering
Vedic Mantras before Tarpana even for male ancestors like Pitru, Pitamaha
and Prapitamaha. Like this there may be differences in other Prayogas also.
Can we follow the Dravida Prayoga without knowing and following our own

I have seen some shops are selling ready made Kurcha packets for Iyers and
Iyengars and Kerala Iyers also. They have 20 or 30 Kurchas all ready made
for Tarpana. But my Sraddha Purohit said this is not correct. If you
prepare Kurcha you cannot simply keep it tied. You have to use it same day
and untie it in the end. If you keep it tied and for many days you are
committing sin. Even the Pavitra for Tarpana has to be untied and Visarjana
is done.

On Fri, Jan 19, 2018 at 11:56 PM, Balasubramanian Ramakrishnan via
Advaita-l <advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:

> If you are interested in prayoga read on, otherwise please delete the
> email.
> Good news for students of prayoga. The raajaa-vedapaaThashaalaa is a
> premier veda-paaThashaala, set up in the mid 1500-s by bhagavantaH
> govinda-diikShitaH in Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu. It teaches the R^ik, yajur
> and saama-veda-s even now and is the premier veda school in Tamil Nadu.
> They have reissued many of their old books and are available for purchase.
> I) Many of the prayoga texts were compiled by muttu-shrautinaH, who passed
> away in the early 1940-s. The texts are all in the grantha script with
> pretty much no printing errors, so there is your motivation for learning
> this beautiful script :-). muttu-shrautinaH was an accomplished scholar and
> had performed the vaajapeya-shrauta-yaj~nam as the adhvaryu when he was
> just 16 years old! Here is a list of the books that I obtained with a brief
> description:
> 1. kalpa-cintaamaNi: puujaa vidhaanam compiled from various sources for
> different vrata-s like the shiva-raatrii, etc. The mantras in this are
> largely not vedic, but from smR^iti texts.
> 2. aashvalaayana puurva-apara-prayogam
> 3. aashvalaayana shraaddha prayogam: 2 and 3 are smaarta prayoga texts for
> the R^ig vedins and it's a testimony to the scholarship of
> muttu-shrautinaH, whose sva-shaakhaa was the yajur veda.
> 4. aapastamba puurva-apara-prayogam
> 5. aapastamba shraaddha prayogam: 4 and 5 are smaarta prayoga texts for the
> aapastamba yajur vedins.
> 6. bodhaayana puurva-apara-prayogam: 6 is the smaarta prayoga text for the
> bodhaayana yajur vedins.
> 7. saamaveda puurva-apara-prayogam.
> 8. shaanti-ratnaakaram (2 parts): smaarta shaanti yaj~nams such as the
> aayuShya, navagraha, etc., for yajur vedins. This has over 150 yaj~nam-s in
> it!
> II) I also got the following saama veda texts.
> 1. saama veda samhitaa with svara-s in the grantha script (2 parts).
> 2. saama veda aShTa braahmaNam in 3 parts in the devanaagarii script. Note
> that the saama braahmaNam does not have svara-s in the Tamil tradition.
> III) A few other non-prayoga books in devanaagarii are also available
> including the nice compilation R^ig-veda-shR^i~Nkalaa. However, this seems
> to be a recent work and does not have the svara-s unlike the yajur
> counterpart.
> Their contact info:
> email: rajavedapatasala at gmail.com
> Phone: (0435) 2425948, 2401789.
> The lady at their office was super helpful.
> Rama
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