Maitrāyaṇiya Saihhitā The Sariihitā part of the Krsna Yajurveda is said to have had 85 śākhās or recensions. However, only four are available now, out of which the Maitrāya- nīya Samhitā is the second. It is a mixture of prose and verses. It has 2144 mantras out of which 1701 have been borrowed from the Rgveda itself. Some of its mantras find a place in the Kāthaka and Taittirlya Samhitās also. This Saihhitā has four kāṇḍas or books, each divided into prapāṭhakas or subsections. The following are the contents: 1. Prathama or Ādima Kānda: It has eleven prapāṭhakas. Some Vedic sacrifices like Darśapurṇamāsa, Cāturmāsya and Vājapeya are described here. 2. Dvitīya or Madhyama Kānda: This contains thirteen prapāṭhakas dealing with some kāmyeṣṭis (desire-motivated sacrifices), Rājasuya and Agniciti (rite of piling the fire-altar). 3. Tṛtīya or Upari Kānda: This com¬prises sixteen prapāṭhakas. Sacrifices like the Aśvamedha and Sautrāmaṇi are described here. 4. Caturtha or Khila Kānda: Con¬taining fourteen prapāṭhakas, this section deals with many important and necessary accessories and rites connected with the sacrifices described in the other three sections.