Definition of Aranyaka in English:


Pronunciation /ˌäˈrənyəkə/ /ˌɑˈrənjəkə/


  • Each of a set of Hindu sacred treatises based on the Brahmanas, composed in Sanskrit c.700 BC. Intended only for initiates, the Aranyakas contain mystical and philosophical material and explications of esoteric rites.

    ‘Upanishads are found in Aranyaka portion of the Veda.’
    • ‘Into these lineages were incorporated Brahmana and Aranyaka texts, which contained ideas on the nature of the sacrifice and of internalizing the sacrifice.’
    • ‘The Aranyaka section of the Taittiriya Upanishad describes one goddess Durga who is resplendent like the raging fire.’
    • ‘The concept of the Brahman as the Supreme Being and the soul's (Atman) desire to be immortal is first speculated in the Aranyaka literature.’
    • ‘Each Veda has three sections - Samhita, Brahmana and Aranyaka.’
    • ‘Composed according to an advanced poetic technique and complex metrical system, the Veda consists of four types of literature: Samhita, Brahmana, Aranyaka, and Upanishad.’
    • ‘Each of these four Vedas has four parts: the Samhita, the Brahmana, the Aranyaka, and a number of Upanishads.’
    • ‘Part of Aitareya Aranyaka belonging to the Rig Veda, this Upanishad deals with creation and life after death in more clear terms.’
    • ‘Mention of Usha, the divine Dawn, brings us to another formidible truth of the Brihad Aranyaka.’
    • ‘Upanishads normally appear in the last part of Aranyaka and deal with spiritual philosophy.’
    • ‘The Taittiriya Aranyaka, part of Vedic prose literature, describes Ayodhya as a celestial city, whereas the Ramayana describes it as a real city.’
    • ‘Each Veda has four different parts namely, Samhita (hymns), Brahmana (significance of the hymns), Aranyaka (interpretation) and Vedanta (Upanishad - the metaphysical dialogue).’
    • ‘dictums or treatises of a ritualistic and sacrificial character which prepared the way, sometimes over an Aranyaka (q-v.)’
    • ‘Each Veda is divided into four parts, namely Samhita, Brahmana, Aranyaka and Upanishad.’
    • ‘Vanaprasthi is supposed to follow Aranyaka.’
    • ‘We do not have to go far afield for confirmation of these facts I am presenting because this same truth is preserved in the Brihad Aranyaka Upanishad.’
    • ‘Aranyaka has Mantras and methods that are practiced in the forests (that is, not for grhasthas).’
    • ‘This Upanishad is a part of the Taittariya Aranyaka and belongs to the Yajur Veda.’