Understanding Vedas: 5 Facts About Vedas in Hinduism

The Vedas are the religious texts which tell about the Hindu religion. Veda means knowledge as it includes the information that relates to the existence of a human being.

These religious texts are known to be the oldest existing worldwide. People commonly know them as divine scriptures. 

The other texts are known as “Smritis which means “what is remembered”. It mentions the great shoorveers and their great struggles such as Bhagavad Gita, Mahabharata and Ramayana. 

In this article we will discuss the 5 Facts About Vedas in Hinduism and will know more about the importance of Vedas in Hindu religion. 

What Are Vedas?

Vedas are the hymns or poems mentioned in the archaic Sanskrit language by the people of Indo-European. There are many myths and discussions related to Vedas around. But what matters is that it puts a great impact on Hindu religion and people following them.  

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4 Types of Vedas

When Did Vedas Begin?

It is believed that vedic scripts were written in the Vedic period in its improved version. It was during the period between 1500 – c. 500 BCE. The wider explanation of the same was given during c. 1500 and 1200 BCE. Vedas have been followed from generation to generation and those powerful scripts are known as “Shruti” that means “which is heard”.  

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Where Do Vedas Come From?

These holy scripts came from the northwest side in the Indian subcontinent. Vedas were then taken forward from generation to generation in the written form. There is not much information regarding the authors who have written the vedas. 

According to the hindu religion, Vyasa has written Vedas. He has also arranged the collection of Vedas into Samhitas. The main aim is to follow the ideas mentioned in the Vedic tradition rather than knowing the one who wrote them. 

Why Is Vedas Important?

Vedas are essential to humanity. The Vedas script says that Vedas are the air of breath to God. “Lokah Samastah sukhino bhavanthu” which says that “Let all the worlds be happy”. 

Hearing the words of Vedas provides purity to body, mind, and soul. 

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5 Facts About Vedas In Hinduism

Written in the Vedic Sanskrit language, the texts in Vedas include the oldest forms of Sanskrit language and the scriptures which are oldest among all. Such vedic scripts include various forms of facts that are essential for one to understand them. 

Here we have discussed below five Facts About Vedas in Hinduism. 

1. Types Of Vedas (How Many Vedas Are There)

Vyasa has divided Vedas into four parts. 

  • RigVeda
  • Samaveda
  • Yajurveda
  • Atharvaveda

As per the ancients, there is not any sort of order in which you can read Vedas. Even though Rig veda is considered as the oldest and the essential one among all of the four vedas. Therefore, you should begin with RigVeda. 

2. The Fifth Veda Concept

The Panchama Veda mentions Ramayana and Mahabharata. These are collectively known as the Fifth Veda. Though none of them was given the status in Veda even they are mentioned in the post-Vedic Hindu texts. 

It is as per the itihasa purana which Mahabharata used which the new era considers as the fifth Veda. It is because Mahabharata has some of the Ramayana versions. 

3. Vedas and Upanishads

Upanishads are actually Vedic texts themselves. Upanishad, Brahmana, Samhita, and Aranyaka are the Veda components. The final component of Veda is Upanishad. As per the Muktikopanishad, a number of 108 Upanishads are divided into four vedas and 10 are from RigVeda, 19 are from the Shukla-Yajurveda and 32 are from the Krishna-Yajurveda. 

4. Vedas are the very breathing air of God

Vedas preach from beginning to end about the general well-being of the society. Vedas purify the body, mind and soul of a human being. Regulated activities are prescribed in the Vedas, and the Vedas are directly manifested from the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Consequently the all-pervading Transcendence is eternally situated in acts of sacrifice. 

5. The Power of The Vedas

Vedas including Upanishads, forms the main foundation of Sanatan Dharma as it shows the direction and purpose to a human being.   Vedas are eternal and will remain till the end. The teachings of Vedas inspire the individuals and provide various principles to the society. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the 4 Main Vedas?

Vyasa has divided Vedas into four parts. 

RigVeda
Samaveda
Yajurveda
Atharvaveda

Who wrote Vedas?

According to the hindu religion, Vyasa has written Vedas. He has also arranged the collection of Vedas into Samhitas. The main aim is to follow the ideas mentioned in the Vedic tradition rather than knowing the one who wrote them. 

What Are Vedas?

Vedas are the hymns or poems mentioned in the archaic Sanskrit language by the people of Indo-European. There are many myths and discussions related to Vedas around. But what matters is that it puts a great impact on hindu religion and people following them.  

When Did Vedas Begin?

It is believed that vedic scripts were written in the Vedic period in its improved version. It was during the period between 1500 – c. 500 BCE. The wider explanation of the same was given during c. 1500 and 1200 BCE.

Why Is Vedas Important?

Vedas are essential to humanity. The Vedas script says that Vedas are the air of breath to God. “Lokah Samastah sukhino bhavanthu” which says that “Let all the worlds be happy”. 

What is The Fifth Veda Concept?

The Panchama Veda mentions Ramayana and Mahabharata. These are collectively known as the Fifth Veda. Though none of them was given the status in Veda even they are mentioned in the post-Vedic Hindu texts. 

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