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==Vrātyas as per Manusmṛti==
 
==Vrātyas as per Manusmṛti==
The Manusmṛti<ref>Manusmṛti 2.38, 39</ref> declares that a brāhmaṇa, kṣattriya and vaiśya should undergo the upanayāna sacrament before the ages of 16, 22 and 24 respectively. If they do not, they become vrātyas, unfit to receive the Sāvitrīmantra.<ref>Sāvitrīmantra means Gāyatrīmantra.</ref>
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The [[Manusmṛti]]<ref>[[Manusmṛti]] 2.38, 39</ref> declares that a brāhmaṇa, kṣattriya and vaiśya should undergo the upanayāna sacrament before the ages of 16, 22 and 24 respectively. If they do not, they become vrātyas, unfit to receive the Sāvitrī[[mantra]].<ref>Sāvitrīmantra means Gāyatrīmantra.</ref>
  
 
==Origin of Vrātyas==
 
==Origin of Vrātyas==
According to this definition, the vrātyas were dvijas by birth but had neglected or ignored the upanayāna sacrament. They could however be re-absorbed into the society by the performance of Vrātyastoma sacrifice as expiation. They probably led a nomadic life not practicing either agriculture or commerce. They might have lived to the west of the Sarasvatī river.
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According to this definition, the vrātyas were dvijas by birth but had neglected or ignored the upanayāna sacrament. They could however be re-absorbed into the society by the performance of [[Vrātyastoma]] sacrifice as expiation. They probably led a nomadic life not practicing either [[agriculture]] or commerce. They might have lived to the west of the [[Sarasvatī]] river.
  
 
==Vrātyas as per Pañcavimśa Brāhmana==
 
==Vrātyas as per Pañcavimśa Brāhmana==
 
The Pañcavimśa Brāhmana<ref>Pañcavimśa Brāhmana 17.1</ref> gives some interesting details about their dress and way of life. Their leader known as gṛhapati wore a turban,<ref>Turban means uṣṇīṣa.</ref> carried a whip<ref>Whip means pratoda.</ref> and a kind of bow.<ref>Bow means jyāhroḍa.</ref> He moved in a wagon<ref>Wagon means vipatha.</ref> covered with planks. He dressed himself well. His subordinates wore red-bordered garments.
 
The Pañcavimśa Brāhmana<ref>Pañcavimśa Brāhmana 17.1</ref> gives some interesting details about their dress and way of life. Their leader known as gṛhapati wore a turban,<ref>Turban means uṣṇīṣa.</ref> carried a whip<ref>Whip means pratoda.</ref> and a kind of bow.<ref>Bow means jyāhroḍa.</ref> He moved in a wagon<ref>Wagon means vipatha.</ref> covered with planks. He dressed himself well. His subordinates wore red-bordered garments.
  
After they were readmitted into the main Aryan fold, they had to surrender all these things and adopt the way of life prescribed for the dvijas.<ref>Dvijas are the twice-born classes, the first three castes.</ref> The Atharvaveda<ref>Atharvaveda 15.1.1</ref> uses the word vrātya for God sounds interesting.
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After they were readmitted into the main Aryan fold, they had to surrender all these things and adopt the way of life prescribed for the dvijas.<ref>Dvijas are the twice-born classes, the first three castes.</ref> The [[Atharvaveda]]<ref>[[Atharvaveda]] 15.1.1</ref> uses the word vrātya for God sounds interesting.
  
  
 
==References==
 
==References==
 
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* The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore
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* The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram [[Krishna]] Math, Bangalore
  
 
[[Category:Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism]]
 
[[Category:Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism]]

Latest revision as of 08:19, 19 December 2016

By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Vratyas, VrAtyas, Vraatyas


Vrātyas as per Manusmṛti

The Manusmṛti[1] declares that a brāhmaṇa, kṣattriya and vaiśya should undergo the upanayāna sacrament before the ages of 16, 22 and 24 respectively. If they do not, they become vrātyas, unfit to receive the Sāvitrīmantra.[2]

Origin of Vrātyas

According to this definition, the vrātyas were dvijas by birth but had neglected or ignored the upanayāna sacrament. They could however be re-absorbed into the society by the performance of Vrātyastoma sacrifice as expiation. They probably led a nomadic life not practicing either agriculture or commerce. They might have lived to the west of the Sarasvatī river.

Vrātyas as per Pañcavimśa Brāhmana

The Pañcavimśa Brāhmana[3] gives some interesting details about their dress and way of life. Their leader known as gṛhapati wore a turban,[4] carried a whip[5] and a kind of bow.[6] He moved in a wagon[7] covered with planks. He dressed himself well. His subordinates wore red-bordered garments.

After they were readmitted into the main Aryan fold, they had to surrender all these things and adopt the way of life prescribed for the dvijas.[8] The Atharvaveda[9] uses the word vrātya for God sounds interesting.


References

  1. Manusmṛti 2.38, 39
  2. Sāvitrīmantra means Gāyatrīmantra.
  3. Pañcavimśa Brāhmana 17.1
  4. Turban means uṣṇīṣa.
  5. Whip means pratoda.
  6. Bow means jyāhroḍa.
  7. Wagon means vipatha.
  8. Dvijas are the twice-born classes, the first three castes.
  9. Atharvaveda 15.1.1
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore