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I. The Vedas: Pankti

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Indian Poetry

I. The Vedas, an Overview


Pankti (associated with food and the god of rain) is a Vedic meter found in one of the later books (Book V) of the Reg Vida. Also known as the 5th horse pulling the golden chariot of the sun god and is said to come from the bone marrow. In Hindi it means line or sentence and is a popular Indian girl's name.


The pankti meter is:

  • stanzaic, 40 syllables, written in any number of quintains, 5 padas or lines.
  • syllabic, lines of 8 syllable each.


    Generosity by Judi Van Gorder


    Blessings from heaven rain down

    to fill the thirsty streams with life

    sustaining water and to wash

    clean the dust from the late harvest,

    the Father renews the planet.

Other Vedic forms

II. Sanskrit Forms


Regional Forms:III.Bengali, IV.Hindi, V.Kashmiri, VI.Marathi and VII.Teluga

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