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The List of 108 Upanishads

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by Jayaram V

The exact number of the Upanishads is not clearly known. Scholars differ on the total number of Upanishads as well as on what constitutes an Upanishad. Some of the Upanishads are very ancient, but some are of recent origin.

The original Upanishads are the end portions of the four Vedas, and there by came to be identified with "Vedanta", which literally means the end of the Vedas. They dealt with the philosophical aspects of the Vedas and were taught in ancient India to highly qualified and selected individuals.

The Upanishadic texts are part of the Shruti literature and are considered to be divine in origin. They are associated with the names of several ancient seers. Some of these lived at least twenty generations before Lord Krishna and the the probable date of the Mahabharata war. Prominent among these sages were Yagnavalkya, Uddalaka Aruni, Shandilya, Aitareya, Pipplapada and Sanatkumara.

Today there are estimated to be about 350 Upanishads, some well known and some least known. The Bhagavad-Gita of Lord Krishna is also considered to be an Upanishad because it contains the essence of many of the Upanishads.

We have listed below 108 Upanishads as per the list contained in the Muktikopanishad. We have arranged them in four categories according to the particular Veda to which each of them belong. The very important among these have been shown in bold letters. Those Upanishads for which we have English Translations are shown prominently.

 

Rigveda((10)

  • Aitareya
  • Atmabodha
  • Kaushitaki
  • Mudgala
  • Nirvana
  • Nadabindu
  • Akshamaya
  • Tripura
  • Bahvruka
  • Saubhagyalakshmi

Yajurveda:(50)

  • Katha
  • Taittiriya
  • Isavasya
  • Brihadaranyaka
  • Akshi
  • Ekakshara
  • Garbha
  • Prnagnihotra
  • Svetasvatara
  • Sariraka
  • Sukarahasya
  • Skanda
  • Sarvasara
  • Adhyatma
  • Niralamba
  • Paingala
  • Mantrika
  • Muktika
  • Subala
  • Avadhuta
  • Katharudra
  • Brahma
  • Jabala
  • Turiyatita
  • Paramahamsa
  • Bhikshuka
  • Yajnavalkya
  • Satyayani
  • Amrtanada
  • Amrtabindu
  • Kshurika
  • Tejobindu
  • Dhyanabindu
  • Brahmavidya
  • YogakundalinI
  • Yogatattva
  • Yogasikha
  • Varaha
  • Advayataraka
  • Trisikhibrahmana
  • mandalabrahmana
  • Hamsa
  • Kalisantaraaa
  • Narayana
  • Tarasara
  • Kalagnirudra
  • Dakshinamurti
  • Pancabrahma
  • Rudrahrdaya
  • SarasvatIrahasya

SamaVeda: (16)

Atharvaveda:(32)

  • Prasna
  • Mandukya
  • Mundaka
  • Atma
  • Surya
  • Narada-Parivrajakas
  • Parabrahma
  • Paramahamsa-Parivrajakas
  • Pasupatha-Brahma
  • Mahavakya
  • Sandilya
  • Krishna
  • Garuda
  • Gopalatapani
  • Tripadavibhuti-mahnarayana
  • Dattatreya
  • Kaivalya
  • NrsimhatapanI
  • Ramatapani
  • Ramarahasya
  • HayagrIva
  • Atharvasikha
  • Atharvasira
  • Ganapati
  • Brhajjabala
  • Bhasmajabala
  • Sarabha
  • Annapurna
  • TripuratapanI
  • Devi
  • Bhavana
  • SIta

 

 

 

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