Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Yajnavalkya

Yajnavalkya (Sanskrit: याज्ञवल्क्य , Bengali: যাজ্ঞবল্ক্য ) was a Brahmin Vedic Rishi who lived around 630 BC.

Yajnavalkya is the first reputed author of the Shukla Yajur Veda, and was an authority figure as far as rituals in the Shatpatha Brahmana and the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad are concerned. In the court of King Janaka of Mithila, Yajnavalkya was famed for his learning and scholarship in Vedas and Vedic theology.

Yajnavalkya belonged to eastern part of India because books which talk about him refer to eastern Indian regions like Kuru-Panchala, Kosala-Videha, Shvikna and Srinjaya. In his younger days, Yajnavalkya roamed through eastern India as a wandering scholar along with Shvetakeuta Aruneya and Somashusma Satyajyanin.

Yajnavalkya was a student of Uddalaka Aruni. [1][2]

Contemporaries

630 BCE - Kahola Kaushitaki
630 BCE - Somashusma Satyajyanin / सोमशुस्म सात्ययज्ञिन  / সোমশুস্ম সাত্যয়জ্ঞিন
630 BCE - Ashvala / अश्वल  / অশ্বল
630 BCE - Artabhaga / आर्तभाग  / আর্তভাগ

References

  1. http://www.mukhopadhyay.in/2015/09/yajnavalkya.html
  2. Men and Thought in Ancient India, Radha Kumud Mookerji

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