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From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Jaimini was a well-known sage. He was one of the four chief disciples of Vyāsa or Vedavyāsa. He is said to be thoroughly educated in the Sāmaveda. He was the author of the Pūrva-mīmāmsā-sūtras and the Nyāyamālā-vistara. Other works attributed to him are:

  1. Jaiminīya Brāhmana
  2. Jaiminīya Gṛhyasūtra
  3. Jaiminīya Śrautasūtra

He was born in the lineage of another great sage Kutsa. He was also designated as the udgātṛ[1] in the Sarpayāga or serpent sacrifice conducted by Janamejaya, the great-grandson of Arjuna. He was a champion of the Vedic sacrificial religion. Another sage Talavakāra who was credited with the revelation of the Talavakāra Upaniṣad[2] was his disciple.


  1. Udgātṛ means priest of the Sāmaveda.
  2. It is also known as Kenopanisad.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore