By Swami Harshananda
Sometimes transliterated as: Sankhayana, SAGkhAyana, Saankhaayana
Sāṅkhāyana, a Sage
Sāṅkhāyana is an ancient sage. His name is sometimes spelt as or identified with Sāṅkhyāyana also. He belongs to the Bāṣkalaśākhā of the Ṛgveda. He was perhaps known as Suyajña-Sāṅkhāyana too. The Taittirīyaprātiśākhya mentions his name along with that of Kānḍamāyana.
Sāṅkhāyana as per Bhāgavata
The Bhāgavata mentions one Sāṅkhyāyana as a disciple of Sanatkumāra and who was a paramahariisa himself. He spread the institution of sanyāsa. An Āraṇyaka, a Brāhmaṇa and a Srautasutra have been attributed to his authorship. However, the full text of his Grhyasutras is available now.
- Taittirīyaprātiśākhya 15.7
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore