Mata Amritanandamayi has released the expanded version of the Chathurveda Samhitha at the Mata Amritanandamayi Math Ashram hall by handing over the first copy to Mathrubhumi managing editor P V Chandran.
“Mathrubhumi Books does not think about profit when it comes to the publication of the books which form part of the edifice of Indian culture,’’ Chandran said while receiving the 4-volume Samhitha on Monday evening.
The Samhitha is a comprehensive annotated study of the Rigveda, Yajurveda, Samaveda and the Atharvaveda in Malayalam by eminent Veda exponent Narendra Bhushan. Its first version was published by Bhushan on August 31, 2000 in two volumes. The new version published by Mathrubhumi Books with the support of the Chengannur-based Narendra Bhushan Memorial Foundation, carries an additional 1,000 pages of study which could not find a place in the first version. The Devanagari script of the Manthras with ‘‘swara notations’’ and the their scientific indexing are the highlights of the version. “The Manthras in the Rig, Yajur, Sama and Athrava Vedas were first given numbers. The Rigveda has 10,552 Manthars, the Yajurveda 1,975 manthras, the Samaveda 1,875 Manthras and the Athrvaveda 5,977 Manthras. Key words of each Manthra were then arranged in the alphabetical order. The respective number was given to each key word in the index’’ Vedaprakash, son of the late Bhushan, said.