147,532 words | ISBN-10: 812080113X | ISBN-13: 9788120801134
The Sanskrit text of the Satapatha-brahmana: One of the largest works in the category of Vedic (Brahmaic) literature, narrating in extensive detail the various rites, constructions, chants and utensils to be used in Hindu ceremonies. Alternative titles: Śatapathabrāhmaṇa (शतपथब्राह्मण), Śatapatha-brāhmaṇa (शतपथ-ब्राह्मण) Shatapathabrahma (shatapatha).
sa vai khalu barhiḥ prathamaṃ yajati | tadvai kaniṣṭhaṃ candaḥ sadgāyatrī prathamā candasāṃ yujyate tadu tadvīryeṇaiva yacyeno bhūtvā divaḥ somamāharattadayathāyatham manyante yatkaniṣṭhaṃ candaḥ sadgāyatrī prathamā candasāṃ yujyate'thātra yathāyathaṃ devāścandāṃsyakalpayannanuyājeṣu netpāpavasyasamasaditi
Preview of English translation:
10. In the first place he makes offering to the Barhis (sacrificial-grass covering). Though the smallest metre, the gayatri is yoked first of the metres; and this on account of its strength, since, having become a falcon, it carried off the Soma from heaven. They consider it unseemly, however, that the gayatri, being the smallest metre, should be yoked first of the metres; and the gods accordingly arranged the metres here, at the after-offerings, so as it ought to be, “lest there should be a confusion.”
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Also see the following editions of the Sanskrit text or (alternative) English translations of the Satapatha-brahmana Verse 188.8.131.52