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By Swami Harshananda

Caturvedasvāmi literally means ‘master of the four Vedas’.

The Vedas are the basic scriptures of the religion. Their language is archaic and the ideas unintelligible. Hence a bhāṣya or a commentary is necessary to understand them.

Out of the several commentators on the Ṛgveda, some like Sāyaṇa are well- known. Among the lesser known ones is Caturvedasvāmi. He lived at the end of the 15th cent. A.D. Suryapaṇḍita, who wrote a commentary on the Līlāvatī of Bhāskara (12th cent. A.D.) was his disciple.

Caturvedasvāmi's explanations of ṛks have been considered as rather odd since he often connects them to the epic personalities like the Pāṇḍavas.


  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

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