Vaikhanasasmartasutram: The Domestic Rules and Sacred Laws of The Vaikhanasa School Belonging to The Black Yajurveda


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The Vaikhanasa-Sutra belonging to the Trivandrum Sanskrit Series has been edited by Dr. W. Caland and translated into English with a learned introduction. This sutra-text forms part of the Black Yajurveda tradition and derives its name probably from Vaikhanas who was its author. The work contains two types of Sutras-the Grhya and the Dharma which together may be designated as Smarta-sutra There is no doubt that both the portions have definitely one author, since the style of the Grhya and Dharma-sutras is the same. Moreover, the author himself promises to continue a topic discussed in the Grhya-portion again in the books on Dharma. The work is on the whole a small one but it contains in the main the same materials as are treated by its predecessors.

We are glad to announce that after a gap of more than seventy years, Caland's translation of the Vaikhanasa-smarta-sutra is being reprinted. Scholars of Indology would certainly be benefitted with this unique piece of work.


11 March, 2002

Manabendu Banerjee
General Secretary




Foreword iii
A. The Grhya-sutra 1
  Enumeration of the "sacraments," I. 1. 1
  Rules for bathing for the four orders of religious life; the sipping of water without and with mantars, I. 2. 3
  The bath without mantras and with mantras; the occasional bath, the twilight devotion, I. 3. 5
  The tarpana or daily offering of libations of water, I. 4. 9
  Subsidiary rules for bathing; the tirthas of the hand, the manner of wearing the sacred string, I. 5. 12
  The Punyaha or ceremony of blessing, I. 6-7 13
  The place for the fire for domestic worship, the requisites for the sacrifice, I. 8. 16
  The normal paradigma of a sacrifice, I. 9-21; the aghara, I. 9-15 17
  The Nandimukhasraddha, II. 1-2 37
  The Initiation into the study of the Veda, II. 3-11; the various vratas, II. 10-11 41
  The ceremony of opening the annual course of study, II. 12. 56
  The final ritual of the study of the Veda, II. 13-17; the reception of a guest, II. 15th-16 58
  The daily sacrifice into the breath, II. 18. 65
  The marriage, III 1-4 66
  The rite of the fourth day, III. 5a 72
  The duties of the newly married pair, III. 5b-6. 74
  The "All-gods-sacrifice," III. 7. 75
  The ceremony performed on impregnation, III. 8. 77
  The union at the end of the period of menstruation, III. 9. 79
  The ceremony to secure conception, III. 10. 80
  The rite to ensure the birth of a male child, III. II. 81.
  The parting of the hair, III. 12. 82
  The worship of Visnu, III. 13. 82
  The ceremony at birth, III 14-15 83
  The rite at the foundation of a house. III 16-17 87
  The getting up from childbed, III. 18. 90
  The name-giving, III. 19-20 91
  The name-day rite, III. 20-21 92
  The first partaking of solid food, III. 22a. 95
  The ceremony at the return from a Journey, III. 22b. 96
  The "increasing of the rice-balls," III. 22c 97
  The rite of tonsure, III. 23. 97
  The mess of boiled rice, IV. 1. 99
  The partaking of the first fruits, IV. 2. 102
  The Astaka, IV. 3-4 103
  The Pindapitryajna, IV. 5-6 108
  The sraddha, IV. 7. 112
  The Caitri-sacrifice, IV. 8. 113
  The Asvayuji-sacrifice, IV. 9. 113
  The daily worship of Visnu, IV. 10-12 114
  The appeasing of the planets, IV. 13-14 118
  Funeral rites, V. 121
Introductory; the way of death, V. 1. 121
The rites in the house of the deceased; the conveyance of the corpse to the cremation-ground, V. 2-3 124
The corps on the pyre, V. 4. 130
The cremation, V. 5. 133
The return from the place of cremation, etc., V. 6. 136
The first ten days after a death has occurred, V. 7. 139
Funeral rites of yogins, V. 8. 140Item Code: IDG348
Cover: Hardcover
Edition: 2002
Publisher: The Asiatic Society
ISBN: 8172361211
Size: 9.5" X 6.5"
Pages: 246
Other Details: Weight of the Book: 540 gms[/product_video]