Dharmasutras

From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Introduction

The Dharmasutras are the third aspect or branch of the Kalpasutra literature. Kalpasutra literature is the last of the six Vedāṅgas.[1]

Content

Dharmasutras are also known as the Sāmayācārika sutras which deal mainly with ācāra, vyavahāra[2] and the varṇāśramadharmas.

Difference between the Gṛhyasutras and the Dharmasutras

Though the Gṛhyasutras and the Dharmasutras are closely connected and the topics are sometimes overlapped, the Gṛhyasutras confines itself mainly to pākayajñas and sanskāras whereas the dharmasutras mainly cover Varṇāśramadharmas.

Account of Dharmasutras

The following is a list of the Dharmasutras available now:

  1. Āpastamba Dharmasutras
  2. Baudāyana Dharmasutras
  3. Hārīta Dharmasutras
  4. Hiranyakeśi Dharmasutras
  5. Vaikhānasa Dharmasutras
  6. Viṣṇu Dharmasutras


References

  1. Vedāṅgas are the subsidiary sciences of the Vedas.
  2. It means code of conduct in personal and social life
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore