SHUKLA YAJUR VED
Yajur is derived from the word "yaj" which means worship and Yajur means the method of worship. The Yajur Ved and Sam Ved have emerged from Rig Ved. The Yajur Ved describes the procedure, rules and regulations for Yagna.

Existance of Shukla Yajur Ved :-

Yajnavalkya was the student Vaishampayana. Once there was a quarrel between Vaishampayana and Yajnavalkya. Out of anger Vaishampayana ordered Yajnavalkya to give him back the knowledge which was given to him. On hearing this Yajnavalkya vomited out all the knowledge in the form of food. The other disciples ate that food in the form of the Tittiri bird because of this Yajur Ved had another branch known as Taittiriya Yajur Ved. It is also known as Krishna (black) Yajur Ved as it was in the form of vomit.

After this Yajnavalkya was determined not to have any human master and requested Sun God to give him true knowledge of Vedas. On being pleased with Yajnavalkya the sun God gave him the knowledge of all the Vedas and the knowledge of Yajur Ved was known as Shukla (white) Yajur Ved.

Shukla Yajur Ved is also known as Vajasaneya Yajur Ved, because it was give by Sun God. Yajnavalkya divided Vajasaneya Yajur Ved into fifteen branches; each branch contains hundreds of Yajna Mantras. Kanva, Madhyandina and others are branches of Shukla Yajur Ved.


Vedas
Rig Ved
Krishna Yajur Ved
Sukla Yajur Ved
Sam Ved
Atharv Ved
 
 
 
 
 
 
No. of original Recensions (shakha)
21
85
15
101
9
Available Recensions (shakha)
Shakala Bashkala
Taitiriya, Maitrayani, Katha, Kapisthala
Kanva, Madyandina (Vajasanya)
Kauthuma, Ranayaniya, Jaiminiya, or Talavakara
Pippalada Shaunaka
Taught to sages
Paila
Vaishampayan
Yajnavalkya
Jaimini
Sumanta
Number of Verses available
10,552
1975
1975
1875
5987
Brahman's
Aitaraya, Kaushitaki or Shankhyayana
Taittiriya, Kathaka,
Sathapatha, (two recensions)
Vamsa, Tandya Panchavimsa, Chhandogya, Arsheya, Samavidhana, Jaiminiya Sadvimsa, Samhitopanishad, Daivatadhyaya.
Gopatha
Aranyakas
Aitaraya, Sankhyayana
Taitttiriya, Maitrayani
Brihadaranyak
(two recensions)
Chhandogya, Jaiminiya
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Upanishads
Aitaraya, Kaushitiki, Bhashkala
Mahanarayana, Maitrayani, Katakha, Swetaswetara, Taitiriya.
Isavasya, Brihadaranyaka
Chandogya, Kena
Prasna, Mundaka, Mandukya
Shrouta Sutras
Aswalayana, Shankhyayana
Apasthamba, Baudhayana, Hiranyakesi, Bharadwaja, Vaikhanasa, Vadhoola, Manava, Varaha
Katyayana (Paraskara)
Khadira, Latyayana, Drahyayana, Jaiminiya
Vikhanasa
Grihya Sutras
Ashwalayana, Sankyayana
Manava, Apasthamba, Baudhayana, Hiranyakesi, Vaikhanasa, Katha
Kaatyayana (Paaraskara)
Khadira, Gobhila, Gautama, Jaiminiya
Kaushika
Dharma Sutras
Vasishth
Apasthamba Baudhayana, Hiranyakesi
Shankkhalikita
Gautam
Pathinasi
Upved
Ayur ved (science of life and health)
Dhanur ved (Science of war)
Dhanur ved (Science of war)
Gandharv ved (science of music)
Arth Shastra (science of polity)
Priests
Hotri
Adhvaryu
Adhvaryu
Udgatri
Brahma
Priest's job during Yagna
Chanting of hymns
Supplementing the Rig Vedic mantra
Supplementing the Rig Vedic mantra
Singing the Samagana
Overall supervision for correctness of mantra