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Contemporaries of Yajnavalkya

Contemporaries of Yajnavalkya

In this post I will talk about the contemporaries of Yajnavalkya.

Yajnavalkya (Sanskrit: याज्ञवल्क्य , Bengali: যাজ্ঞ বল্ক্য) was a Brahmin Vedic Rishi who is believed to have lived around 7th century BC in eastern Indian-subcontinent.

King Janaka of Mithila (Sanskrit: जनक विदेह , Bengali: জনক বিদেহ ) -  Janaka was a philosopher-king of Videha, whose capital Mithila has been identified with modern Janakpur in Nepal. Under Janaka, Videha became a dominant political and cultural center of Indian subcontinent.

Uddalaka Aruni (Sanskrit: उद्दालक आरुनि , Bengali: উদ্দালক আরুনি ) - Uddalaka Aruni was a senior contemporaray of Yajnavalkya and one of his teachers.

Shvetaketu Aruneya (Sanskrit: श्वेतकेतु आरुणेय , Bengali: শ্বেতকেতু আরুণেয় ) - Shvetaketu Aruneya was a compatriot and fellow-disciple of Uddalaka Aruni.

Somashusma Satyajyanin (Sanskrit: सोमशुस्म सात्ययज्ञिन , Bengali: সোমশুস্ম সাত্যয়জ্ঞিন ) - Somashusma Satyajyanin was a fellow-wanderer of Yajnavalkya and along with Shvetaketu, he toired cities as wandering Brahmins in search of knowledge.

Patanchala Kapya (Sanskrit: पतञ्चल काप्य , Bengali: পতঞ্চল কাপ্য) - Patanchala Kapya was a renowned Vedic scholar of the Madra country (Brihadaranyaka Upanishad iii 7, 1) from whom Yajnavalkya took specialized training in Vedic theology.

Svaidayana Shaunaka (Sanskrit: स्वैदायन शौनक , Bengali: স্বৈদায়ন শৌনক ) - Svaidayana Shaunaka belonged to a "northern country" and was a Vedic scholar.

Ashvala (Sanskrit: अश्वल , Bengali: অশ্বল ) - Ashvala was a Hotri priest in King Janaka.

Artabhaga (Sanskrit: आर्तभाग , Bengali: আর্তভাগ ) - Artabhaga was a Brahmin scholar in King Janakas court.

Bhujyu (Sanskrit: भुज्यु , Bengali: ভুজ্য়ু ) - Bhujyu was a senior contemporary of Yajnavalkya and a fellow-pupil of Uddalaka Aruni.

Ushasta (Sanskrit: उषस्त , Bengali: উষস্ত ) - Another contemporary of Yajnavalkya, and probably a scholar.

Kahoda (Sanskrit: कहोड , Bengali: কহোড ) - Another contemporary of Yajnavalkya, and probably a scholar.

Gargi (Sanskrit: गार्गी , Bengali: গার্গী ) - Gargi, the duaghter of Vachaknu was a woman scholar, expert in Vedic theology.

Vidagdha Shakalya (Sanskrit: विदग्ध शाकल्य , Bengali: বিদগ্ধ শাকল্য ) - Another contemporary of Yajnavalkya, and probably a scholar.

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That's it. Thank you for reading about Contemporaries of Yajnavalkya. You may also like the following.

Interesting Facts about Rig Veda
Interesting Facts about Atharva Veda
Purpose of Hindu Philosophy 
Books on Vedas 
Prapanchasara Tantram

Further Reading
Men and Thought in Ancient India, Radha Kumud Mookerji

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