Samvarta Smṛti

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By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Samvarta Smrti, Samvarta SmRti, Samvarta Smrriti


References by Authors

Samvarta-smrti is a fairly ancient work. Samvarta is quoted by many authors of dharmaśāstras like:

  • Aparārka
  • Haradatta
  • Medhātithi
  • Viśvarupa
  • Others

His 200 verses have been given in their works. There is a printed text which appears to be an epitome of a portion of the original smṛti of Samvarta.

Teachings of Samvarta Smṛti

The smṛti is in the form of Samvarta’s teachings to Vāmadeva and others. The topics dealt with may be summarised as follows:

  • Rules of conduct for a brahmacārin
  • Prāyaścittas or expiations for various kinds of sins
  • Duties of a householder
  • Forest hermit and a sanyāsin
  • Special duties of a king
  • Age of girls for marriage

Samavarta Smṛti as per Mahābhārata

According to the Mahābhārata[1] Samvarta was a son of Añgiras. Bṛhaspati and Ucathya were his brothers. It is difficult to say whether this was the same Samvarta who authored this smṛti.


References

  1. Ādiparva 67
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore