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THE LEGENDS OF THE VEDIC LITERATURE: ITS COHERENCE WITH NARRATIVE AND CULTURAL HISTORY OF INDIA

Diksha Sarma, . Dr. Archana Sarma.

Abstract
Vedas are the basis of all cultural manifestations in India and the Vedas are the seeds, from which the huge tree
of Indian thought has evolved. The great importance of the Veda lies in the fact that the philosophy, religion,
civic conduct, practices, ritualistic practices and even religion of India are beautifully exposed in the Veda.
Since the days of the Vedas, various kinds of legendary narrations have taken place in India.
These legendary accounts are very much interesting and have supplied adequate materials to the later Indian
society. The term Myth is equivalent to Greek word Mythos. Myth means a story which is devoid of facts and
related to a super human being. Man tries to explain the world and objects in myths. But the term Legend at
first comes through French from the Latin word Legenda. That means to be said. Legend means the story of a
saints life. The main theme of legends is the activities of popular human figures, viz. a king, a sage or semidivine
persons. Though the Vedic legends were mainly described to explain the justification, utility and
significance of the sacrificial rites; yet they give us information of political, social, religious and philosophical
conditions of the ancient India. There are some lessons as well as ethical values are incorporated with these
legends. As for example, the legend of the birth of Dīrghatamas shows human affairs, the legend of Dadhyac
and the Mead shows surgical influence, the legend of Yama and Yamī forbids the union of blood relation, the
legend of Saramā and Paṇis shows greatness of God Indra, the legend of Trita shows the cruelty, the legend of
Viśvāmitra and rivers shows the simplicity and fordable nature of female, the legend of Devāpi and Śaṁtanu
shows the respect for the seniors etc. These legends are important not only from the historical point of view; it
also presents the tradition and culture of India. The present paper is a modest attempt to analyze some ideas on
Indian cultural heritage as scattered in the legends of the Vedic literature.

Key words: Legend, Myth, Vedic literature, Ṛgveda, Indian culture.


 
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Sarma D, Sarma .DA. THE LEGENDS OF THE VEDIC LITERATURE: ITS COHERENCE WITH NARRATIVE AND CULTURAL HISTORY OF INDIA. JCR. (2020), [cited May 31, 2021]; 7(4): 4248-4251. doi:10.31838/jcr.07.04.476



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Sarma, D. & Sarma, . .. D. A. (2020) THE LEGENDS OF THE VEDIC LITERATURE: ITS COHERENCE WITH NARRATIVE AND CULTURAL HISTORY OF INDIA. JCR, 7 (4), 4248-4251. doi:10.31838/jcr.07.04.476



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Sarma, Diksha, and . Dr. Archana Sarma. 2020. THE LEGENDS OF THE VEDIC LITERATURE: ITS COHERENCE WITH NARRATIVE AND CULTURAL HISTORY OF INDIA. Journal of Critical Reviews, 7 (4), 4248-4251. doi:10.31838/jcr.07.04.476



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Sarma, Diksha, and . Dr. Archana Sarma. "THE LEGENDS OF THE VEDIC LITERATURE: ITS COHERENCE WITH NARRATIVE AND CULTURAL HISTORY OF INDIA." Journal of Critical Reviews 7 (2020), 4248-4251. doi:10.31838/jcr.07.04.476



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Sarma, Diksha, and . Dr. Archana Sarma. "THE LEGENDS OF THE VEDIC LITERATURE: ITS COHERENCE WITH NARRATIVE AND CULTURAL HISTORY OF INDIA." Journal of Critical Reviews 7.4 (2020), 4248-4251. Print. doi:10.31838/jcr.07.04.476



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Sarma, D. & Sarma, . .. D. A. (2020) THE LEGENDS OF THE VEDIC LITERATURE: ITS COHERENCE WITH NARRATIVE AND CULTURAL HISTORY OF INDIA. Journal of Critical Reviews, 7 (4), 4248-4251. doi:10.31838/jcr.07.04.476