[INDOLOGY] 7 sāmans

Asko Parpola aparpola at gmail.com
Thu Nov 16 15:43:38 UTC 2023

I possess a copy of the following book, but unfortunately I cannot at the moment locate it:

Gaṇapati Sāstrī, T., 1926. The Vishṇusamhitā, edited. (Trivandrum sanskrit Series, 85.) Trivandrum: Government Press. x, 249 pp. Reprinted, (Sri Garib Dass Oriental Series, 98) Delhi: Sri Satguru Publications, 1990. x, 249 pp.

I am sure, however, that it is not a Sāmavedic work, and though I have long worked with the Sāmaveda, I do not recollect having come across a collection of sāmans with this title. 

This is my immediate reaction, but I’ll return to the matter if I come across something relevant.

With best wishes, Asko Parpola

> On 16 Nov 2023, at 16.11, Dominic Goodall via INDOLOGY <indology at list.indology.info> wrote:
> Dear members of the list,
> We are writing a note about Raghuvaṃśa 10.23 in which there is talk of seven sāmans, Some commentators identify these as Rathantara, Bṛhad, Vāmadevya, Vairūpya, Pāvamāna, Vairāja and Cāndramasa (reputedly the seven that gave rise to elephants). Vallabhadeva, however, identifies them as the Viṣṇusaṃhitā. According to a few scanned pages of an unidentified publication that has been posted on Animesh Nagar's blog here: https://animeshnagarblog.wordpress.com/2015/04/19/samaveda-rudram/,
> there is a collection of Sāmans known as the Viṣṇusaṃhitā.  But we cannot identify the book. Might any of you know what the book is, or have a reference to another book that speaks about the Viṣṇusaṃhitā in the Sāmaveda, or have any other ideas about the seven Sāmans?
> Dominic Goodall, Csaba Dezső, Harunaga Isaacson
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