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Shukla Yajur Veda And Krishna Yajur Veda Srauta Sutras

To the Shukla Yajur Veda belongs Katyayana Srauta Sutra, a quite extensive and well planned text arranged in twenty six adhyayas or chapters, dealing with the largest possible number of topics and deriving the maximum possible matter from the earlier ritualistic works. The author was a follower of the Madhyandina recension of Vajasaneyi Samhita. Three of the adhyayas (XXII-XXIV) are devoted to Sama Vedic ritual.

To Krishna Yajur Veda belong the following Srauta Sutras,

Manava Srauta Sutra and Varaha Srauta Sutra belong Maitrayani Samhita.

Baudhayana Srauta Sutra, Bharadvaja Srauta Sutra, Apastamba Srauta Sutra, Hiranyakeshi (Satyasadha) Srauta Sutra, Vaikhanasa Srauta Sutra and Vadhula Srauta Sutra belong to Taittiriya Samhita.

The Apastamba Srauta Sutra gives a comprehensive but by no means complete account of the Vedic rituals and is the most important work of the genre. Numerous quotations from other ritual texts render it a later work. It comprises Apastamba Srauta Sutra, Apastamba Grihya Sutra, Apastamba Dharmasutra and Apastamba Sulva Sutra and consists of thirty prasnas. It follows Taittiriya Samhita. The Apastambins were perhaps prejudiced against the Kanvas and Kashyapas, as their Srauta Sutra forbis giving them presents. Satyasadha Srauta Sutra is a particular recension of the Apastamba Srauta Sutra.

The oldest and the most archaic of all the known Srauta Sutras, however, is the Baudhayana Srauta Sutra of Krishna Yajur Veda in style. It resembles Brahmanas. It belongs to the khandikiya School.