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.
I.1-4. General outline of grhya-sacrifices
16-18. The observances
20-22. The wedding
II.1-2. The sraddha
The Sanskrit Text
Extracts from the Commentary
List of Mantras