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About this Course

Very few are aware of the basic structure of the Vedas. Vedas are the roots of the vast Indian Knowledge System. It is very important to understand the important aspects it deals with; starting from the Vedic deities to the sublime rituals it describes. They serve as a foundation for all the cultural and spiritual practices we follow.

The course is intended to provide undergraduates with a foundational guide to ancient wisdom through Introduction to the Vedic literature. Vedic literature is a vast corpus of hymns, philosophy, rituals, sacrifices, and spiritual practices of various primordial deities of Indian tradition. Despite being the foundation of Indian culture, the various aspects of Vedic literature are still not very well known. This course would like to take you on a journey to understand various fundamentals of Vedic literature.

Important note: This is a live course where you have to attend the classes regularly conducted by the instructor. Unlike other self-paced courses in our website, you cannot access the videos any time as per your convenience. Once you enroll, you need to be present for the lecture sessions on the time and date allotted.


Course Information

Duration: 20 hours
Each lecture: 60 minutes
Frequency: Twice a Week
Level: Introductory
Medium: Bilingual (English/Hindi)
Delivery: Online through CIS Course Platform
Delivery Timings: Every Monday and Thursday, 7.00-8.00 pm IST onwards
Course Start Date: 30th January, 2023
Contact Details: cis@indusuni.ac.in


What You’ll Learn

➥What is the basic structure of Vedic literature?
➥What are various themes and topics covered in Vedic literature?
➥How Vedic literature is bifurcated into various domains?
➥How Vedangas are connected to Vedic literature?
➥How have they been orally transmitted for thousands of years? What linguistic techniques and methodologies were adopted for this transmission?


What You’ll Get

➱Live and interactive lectures with instructors twice a week.
➱Reference material like articles, research papers, books and links to videos.
➱Indus University certificate to certify that you have gone through the course

Refund Policy: Since these courses are available at subsidised rates, there is no provision for refund once you have enrolled for a course. In case you are not able to attend the course due to any unforeseen circumstances, we can accommodate you in a different course in lieu of the course you originally enrolled for.


Course Curriculum

Recorded Classes
Session 1 00:00:00
Session 2 00:00:00
Session 3 00:00:00
Session 4 00:00:00
Session 5 00:00:00
Session 6 (part 1) 00:00:00
Unit I: Vedas-The Root
1.1. Introduction to Vedas 00:00:00
1.2. What is Veda? (various definitions) 00:00:00
1.3. The deities in Vedas 00:00:00
1.4. The Age of Veda 00:00:00
Unit II: The Samhitas
2.1. The Saṃhitā. Of Ṛgveda 00:00:00
2.2. The Saṃhitā of Yajurveda 00:00:00
2.3. The Saṃhitā of Sāmaveda 00:00:00
2.4. The Saṃhitā of Atharvaveda 00:00:00
Unit III: Bifurcation of Vedic literature
3.1. Sacrifices in Ancient India and the Vedic Saṃhitā 00:00:00
3.2. The Brāhmaṇa 00:00:00
3.3. The Āraṇyaka & the Upaniṣada 00:00:00
3.4. The oral tradition in Vedas 00:00:00
3.5. Vedāṅga – The six limbs of Veda Puruṣa 00:00:00
UNI IV: Commentaries and Translations
4.1. Commentaries 00:00:00
4.2. References for further studies 00:00:00
Session 6 (part 2) 00:00:00
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