By Swami Harshananda
The gṛhyasutras and the dharmasutras are forerunners of the later dharmaśāstra literature. The Kausitaki Grhyasutras, belonging to the Ṛgveda is attributed to the sage Sāmbavya. Hence it is also called Sāmbavya Grhyasutras.
It is in five adhyāyas or chapters. Each contains a number of sutras. The topics of upanayana and vivāha (marriage) are dealt with in great detail. Śrāddha (obsequial rites) is another subject that finds a place here.
- Upanayana is the investiture with sacred thread.
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore