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Gṛhyasūtra


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c.800–300 bce)

A category of late Vedic texts, classified as belonging to the Kalpasūtra literature of the Vedāṅga (and therefore as smṛti), which deals with the proper performance of the domestic rituals (gṛhya-yajñas), as well as containing details of various rites of passage (saṃskāras)—such as Vedic initiation (upanayana), marriage, and death—and descriptions of day-to-day religious concerns from the perspective of the householder (gṛhastha). The Gṛhyasūtras' content overlaps to some extent with that of the Dharmasūtras.

Subjects: Hinduism.


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