VEDAS are four-
- Ṛg Veda,
- Yajur Veda,
- Sāma Veda and
- Atharva Veda
- Ṛg Veda is known to have five branches: Āśvalāyana, Śankhāyana, Śākala, Bhāśkala and Mānḍūkya.
- Yajur Veda is further split into two: Kṛṣṇa(Black) Yajur Veda and Śukla(White) Yajur Veda. There are 86 branches of Yajur Veda according to Caraṇavyūha sutra of Śaunaka. Of these, 71 branches belong to Kṛṣṇa Yajur Veda and 15 to Śukla Yajur Veda.
- Sāma Veda is supposed to have a thousand branches. Nine branches are now extant namely: Rāṇāyanῑya, Śāñyāyaniya, Satyamudgalāya, Khalvalā, Mahākhalvalā,Lāngalā, Kauthumā, Gautamā and Jaimini.
- 5. Atharva Veda has nine branches: Paippala, Dāṅta, Pradāṅta, Auta, Jāvāla, Śaunaka, Brahmapālaśa, Kunakhῑvedadarśῑ and Cāraṇavidya.