The Brahmanas are the prose texts which explain the hymns in the Vedas, give explanation and applications and related stories of their origin. They also have some stories related to the certain persons related to the Vedic Text.
The following table shows the major Brahmans of Vedas.
Following is the list of Brahmans:
Rig-Veda: Aitareya Brahmana & Kaushitaki Brahmana
- Aitareya Brahmana: Sometimes it is also known as Ashvalayana Brahmana. It is older than Kaushitaki in style and content. The legendary author ascribed for this Brahmana is Mahidas Aitareya. It is of Shakala shakhas of Rig-Veda
- Kaushitaki Brahmana : It is of the Vatkal or Bashkala shakhas of Rig-Veda and sometimes also known as Śānkhāyana Brahmana. It is younger in content and style.
- Jayminiya Brahmana
- Tandyamaha or Pancavimsa Brahmana
- Sadvimsa Brahmana
- Samavidhana Brahmana
- Arseya Brahmana
- Devatadhyaya or Daivata Brahmana
- Mantra or Chandogya Brahmana
- Samhitopanisad Brahmana
- Vamsa Brahmana
- Jayminiya Arseya Brahmana
- Kathaka Brahmana
Krishna: the Brahmanas are integrated into the samhitas:
- Taittiriya Brahmana
- Shatapatha Brahmana
- Gopatha Brahmana