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Rig Veda ( Chanting with Swaras)

The Rigveda Samhita is the collection of structured texts of Rig Veda in the form of metered Riks (or Slokas/Stanzas). As discussed earlier, Rig Veda used to have 21 “Shakas” or recension (Can also be called as school of recitation) out of which only 6 are available in records.  Out of these 6 available Shakas   “Shakala Shaka” is prevailing in use in South India whose recording has been provided in this section.

  • The Rig Veda Samhita contains 10,170 Riks.
  • These Riks are logically grouped into Suktas.There are a total of 1028 Suktas.
  • These Suktas are contained in 10 Mandalas (Or Chapters). Each Mandala is synthetically divided into roughly equal sections of several Suktas, called Anuvaka (recitation). This kind of division is popular in North India.
  • There is another scheme  which divides the entire text into Ashtaka (Division of 8), Adhyaya (Chapter) and it is further subdivided in to Vargas. So there are 8 divisions, each containing 8 chapters totaling to 64. This kind of division is very popular in South India and Veda chanting or Adhyayanam is done following the above system of division.

The table below has been given based on the Ashtakas and Adhyaya division (64 Chapters) and the Audio recording of chanting of these Adhyayas have been provided for the users of this site through an Mp3 player on the left. The recordings correspond to the "Chant Nos" in the table.The length of recitation for each chapter could be anywhere in the range of 30 to 55 Minutes. Whereever possible, the synopsis of each chapter also has been given to give an understanding of what each chapter contains. I am sure you will find it extremely useful to pick & choose the chapters you would like to listen and this will also help in case you choose to systematically cover each chapter a day or any other convenient schedule.

Chant No Details Chant No Details
001 Ashtakam 1 - Adhyayam 1- Apree Suktam 033 Ashtakam 5 - Adhyayam 1- Rudra, Vishnu Suktam
002 Ashtakam 1 - Adhyayam 2- Vishnu, Apree Suktam 034 Ashtakam 5 - Adhyayam 2- Apree Suktam
003 Ashtakam 1 - Adhyayam 3- Rudra Suktam 035 Ashtakam 5 - Adhyayam 3- Shanti Suktam
004 Ashtakam 1 - Adhyayam 4- Soura Suktam 036 Ashtakam 5 - Adhyayam 4- Vastu, Bhagya, Rudra Suktam
005 Ashtakam 1 - Adhyayam 5- 037 Ashtakam 5 - Adhyayam 5- Soura Suktam
006 Ashtakam 1 - Adhyayam 6- Shanti, Anna Suktam 038 Ashtakam 5 - Adhyayam 6- Saraswathi, Vishu Suktam
007 Ashtakam 1 - Adhyayam 7- 039 Ashtakam 5 - Adhyayam 7-
008 Ashtakam 1 - Adhyayam 8- Soura, Rudra Suktam 040 Ashtakam 5 - Adhyayam 8- Varuna Suktam
009 Ashtakam 2 - Adhyayam 1- 041 Ashtakam 6 - Adhyayam 1-
010 Ashtakam 2 - Adhyayam 2- Vishnu, Apree Suktam 042 Ashtakam 6 - Adhyayam 2-
011 Ashtakam 2 - Adhyayam 3- Soura, Pavamana Suktam 043 Ashtakam 6 - Adhyayam 3-
012 Ashtakam 2 - Adhyayam 4- 044 Ashtakam 6 - Adhyayam 4-
013 Ashtakam 2 - Adhyayam 5- Anna, Apree, Agni Sutam 045 Ashtakam 6 - Adhyayam 5-
014 Ashtakam 2 - Adhyayam 6- Brahmanaspathi Suktam 046 Ashtakam 6 - Adhyayam 6-
015 Ashtakam 2 - Adhyayam 7- Rudra Suktam 047 Ashtakam 6 - Adhyayam 7- Pavamana Suktam
016 Ashtakam 2 - Adhyayam 8- Apree, Mangala Suktam 048 Ashtakam 6 - Adhyayam 8-
017 Ashtakam 3 - Adhyayam 1- 049 Ashtakam 7 - Adhyayam 1-
018 Ashtakam 3 - Adhyayam 2- 050 Ashtakam 7 - Adhyayam 2- Pavamana, Bhuyamana Suktam
019 Ashtakam 3 - Adhyayam 3- 051 Ashtakam 7 - Adhyayam 3- Manyu Suktam
020 Ashtakam 3 - Adhyayam 4- Rakshogna Suktam 052 Ashtakam 7 - Adhyayam 4-
021 Ashtakam 3 - Adhyayam 5- 053 Ashtakam 7 - Adhyayam 5- Bhuyamana Suktam
022 Ashtakam 3 - Adhyayam 6- 054 Ashtakam 7 - Adhyayam 6-
023 Ashtakam 3 - Adhyayam 7- Soura Suktam 055 Ashtakam 7 - Adhyayam 7-
024 Ashtakam 3 - Adhyayam 8- Apree Suktam 056 Ashtakam 7 - Adhyayam 8- Soura Suktam
025 Ashtakam 4 - Adhyayam 1- 057 Ashtakam 8 - Adhyayam 1- Napanaka Suktam
026 Ashtakam 4 - Adhyayam 2- Soura Suktam 058 Ashtakam 8 - Adhyayam 2- Apree, Jnana Suktam
027 Ashtakam 4 - Adhyayam 3- Shanti Suktam 059 Ashtakam 8 - Adhyayam 3- Apree. Manyu, Agni Suktam
028 Ashtakam 4 - Adhyayam 4- Garbaraksha, Varuna, Sree Suktam 060 Ashtakam 8 - Adhyayam 4- Pavamana, Purusha Suktam
029 Ashtakam 4 - Adhyayam 5- 061 Ashtakam 8 - Adhyayam 5- Apradhiratham
030 Ashtakam 4 - Adhyayam 6- 062 Ashtakam 8 - Adhyayam 6- Pavamana, Karma Suktam
031 Ashtakam 4 - Adhyayam 7- 063 Ashtakam 8 - Adhyayam 7- Devi, Ratri, Kali Suktam
032 Ashtakam 4 - Adhyayam 8- Saraswati Suktam 064 Ashtakam 8 - Adhyayam 8- Jagamadhya,Alakshminasana,Bramhagni, Sapathnika,Yakshmanasana,Suputhra,Soura, Sradhha,Medha Suktam

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