It is or the first time that a complete critical edition of the Satapaha Brahmana of the Kanva school of the Sukla Yajurveda alongwith its English translation is published. This edition has taken into account the reading available in a few more manuscript, besides those in the published edition in Telgu script, which were not available to Prof. Caland who brought out a critical edition of its first seven Kandas. It is also the first attempt at providing a complete English translation. No Doubt the texts of Satapatha of the Madhyandina and Kanva school do not differ much from Kandas VIII to XVI and Prof. Eggeling's translation of the former is available. Still a fresh attempt at translating the latter portion was felt necessary as result of detailed discussions with traditional scholars who are actively engaged in Srauta sacrificial performances.
Textual Notes to Substanitiate the choice of particular reading; a section under the heading Vimarsa discussing certain selected topics arising out of a study of the text; an exhaustive list of contents, Brahmana-wise and glossary of technical terms are some of the additional features of this attempt. The suggestions and guidance of traditional scholars who are experts in Srautayagas are the most important advantages of this edition.
About the Editor:
He was hailing from an orthodox aristrocratic family of palghat Kerala did his M.A. in Sanskrit in 1950; Ph. D from Delhi University; and Achrya from Darbhanga Sanskrit University.
He worked as Libarian in the Oriential Manuscript Library, Madras. He joined Government of India in 1961 as a Lecturer in Sanskrit. For a brief spel of two years he was on deputation to His Majesty's Government of Nepal as Curator, National Archives, Nepal. He retired as Deputy Educational Advisor in 1985. After his retirement he worked as Consultant in IGNCA for four Years.
As Deputy Educational Advisor, he was instrumental in initiating Adarsh Sanskrit Mahavidyalaya Scheme; reprinting of out of print Sanskrit works; special incentives for preservation of the oral tradition of Vedicstudies; and establishment of Rastriya Veda Vidya Pratishthana- an Autonomous Trust, of the Government of India, also in Starting a number of Veda Pathashalas in various parts of the country.
Besides several articles and Sanskrit Poetic compostitions, he has quite a few publications to his credit in English and Sanskrit including his Sanskrit Dissertation on A Comparative Study of Gita Bhasyas published by the Sahitya Parishad, Lucknow which is widely acclaimed as an excellent piece of critical scholarship.
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