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THE JAIMINIGRHYASUTRA BELONGING TO THE SAMAVEDA

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  • Dimensions:8.5' X 5.5'
  • Edition:1991
  • Author:Translated by: Dr. W. CALAND
  • Publisher:Motilal Banarsidass Publishers Pvt. Ltd.
  • ISBN:8120807820
  • Cover Type:Hardcover
  • Number of Pages:91
  • About the Book:

       The Grhya sutras contain rules for customs, ceremoniesand sacrifices through which the life of an Indian attains purification. Theyrecord a number of popular customs and manners connected with conception, birth,name-giving, first-outing, first-eating, by the child. They include rules fortonsure, initiation, completion of studies, custom of courting, engagement,wedding etc. They are important for the student of comparative history inasmuchas they contain parallels in the manners and customs of Indo-European folks.

        This Grhya-sutra belongs to the Jaimini School ofSamaveda. It is divided into 2 parts. Part I opens with details of regularsacrifices in which cooked food is offered to the deities. The work proceedswith the description of a ceremony to secure the birth of a male child,description of the Nadimukha Sraddha preceding every sacrament, of parting thehair, ceremony for the new-born child, ceremony of giving name, the firstfeeding of the babe with solid food, the tonsure of child's head, initiation ofthe student to the study, twilight devotion, opening of the annual course ofstudy, ending of the term f study, observance of vows, his return home afterfinishing the course of study, ceremony of marriage, evening and morningsacrifices and the sacrifice of first fruits.

        Part II opens with the rite of Sraddha and proceeds withthe description of astakas, funeral ceremonies, libations of water, and thecollection of bones. It is followed by the detailed account of rites of thehouse, allaying of prodigies, recitation of the Veda during a fast. It ends withthe appeasing of planets malefic to the householder.

    TABLE OF CONTENTS

    English Translation

    I.1-4.    General outline of grhya-sacrifices

  1. The Ceremony to secure the birth of a male child
  2. The sraddha preceding every sacrament
  3. The parting of the hair
  4. The ceremony of the new born child
  5. The giving of the name
  6. The first feeding with solid food
  7. The tonsure of the child's head
  8. The initiation of the student
  9. The twilight devotion
  10. The opening of the annual course of study
  11. The ending of the term of study

16-18.    The observances

  1. The bath taken at the end of studentship

20-22.    The wedding

  1. The regular evening and morning sacrifices
  2. The sacrifice of the first fruits

II.1-2.    The sraddha

  1. The Astakas
4-5.        The funeral ceremonies
  1. The rite of the house 
  2. The allaying of prodigies
  3. The recitation of the Veda during a fast
  4. The appeasing of the Planets

The Sanskrit Text

Extracts from the Commentary

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