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44 J- Gonda • Vedic Literature what was supposed to be their original form. Without exactitude in the pronunciation of accents, quantities etc.
Some of which identical with Rgveda khilas, and VS. 26ff. are of the same supplementary character95. e. suktas containing directions or invitations addressed to the HoTaR in order to have him recite definite consecratory texts (ydjyd)96, and the nividas. The latter represent the oldest prose preserved from the period of the Rgveda97. g. "Indra must together with the Maruts have a drink of Soma". The so-called purortocas98, formulas recited in the morning before the principal hymn, seem to be of the same age.
The so-called purortocas98, formulas recited in the morning before the principal hymn, seem to be of the same age. Some places in the praisasuktas are closely related to definite passages of the Rgveda. Special mention must be made of khila 2, 6", the well-known Srisukta addressed to the goddess Sri. Its central part reaches back to the Vedic period; it supplies us with highly valuable information about this goddess of prosperity, fertility and happiness and guardian deity of the farmers, who does not appear before the Vajasaneyi-Samhita.
A History of Indian Literature - Vol. I: Veda and Upanishads - Fasc. 1: Vedic Literature (Samhitas and Brahmanas) by Jan Gonda