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A Companion to Dharmasastra

Dharmashastra is not just a corpus of scriptural texts. It is rather a genre, in its own right, of writings comprising prescriptive codes of righteous conduct in different spheres: whether familial, societal, ritualist....read below

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Dharmashastra is not just a corpus of scriptural texts. It is rather a genre, in its own right, of writings comprising prescriptive codes of righteous conduct in different spheres: whether familial, societal, ritualistic, legal, or even political. For the first time, this book offers a quintessential view of the dharmashastra (smriti) literature. Which today, along with its digests and commentaries, looks like a vast reservoir of literary works that have been accumulating over the centuries since their legendary beginnings with Manu.

Designed primarily for reference, this Companion is styled and structured to bring forth the dharmashastra-essentials in the quickest time. Listed here, alphabetically, are the major authors with their biographical sketches. And, these besides, the titles, together with descriptive details of their thematic content, dates/probable dates of their composition, published editions and commentaries their upon. Also included here are as many as 12 appendices which, in their totality, embody dharmashastra-based information on geography, flora and fauna, mixed castes/tribes, neo-smriti schools, and the kind of relation smriti literature has with the Mahabharata, Puranas, and Tantra, among other aspects.

Professor Banerji's book not only tries to show how dharmashastra works are representative of the ancient/medieval political, social and cultural milieus, but is also a painstaking attempt to gauge their influence in conditioning the Indian way of life and psyche. Supported by an extensive glossarial index of smriti literature, it is indisputably a valued companion to the dharmashastra-specialists, Indologists and the scholars of ancient/medieval Indian sociology.

  • Foreword By :
  • Binding: : Hardbound
  • 13 Digit ISBN : 9788124600986
  • 10 Digit ISBN : 8124600988
  • Edition : 1st edition
  • Year : 1998
  • Pages : xiv, 265 p.
  • Bibliographic Details : 12 Appendices; Glossary; Select Bibliography
  • Size : 23 cm
  • Weight (approx.) : 500 gm

Preface
Abbreviations
Important Dates

1. Introduction

The Land and the People
Dharma -- Meaning and Source
General Remarks

2. Political, Social and Religious Background of Dharmashastra

Political Conditions
Social and Religious Conditions

3. Authors

Anantadeva II
Angiras
Aniruddha Bhatta
Aparaditya
Apararka
Apastamba
Asahaya
Atri
Balakrishna
Balambhatta
Ballalasena
Baneshvara Vidyalamkara
Baudhayana
Bhavadeva Bhatta
Brihaspati
Brihaspati Rayamukuta
Candeshvara Thakkura (c. ad 1300-50)
Candrakanta Tarkalamkara (1836-1909)
Daksha
Daladhisha
Dalapati (Also Called Dalapatiraja, Daladhisha)
Devanabhatta
Devannabhatta
Devanatha Thakkura Tarkapancanana
Gautama
Gopala Nyayapancanana
Govindananda
Govindaraja
Halayudha
Haridasa Siddhantavagisha
Harita
Hemadri 
Jagannatha Tarkapanchanana
Jimutavahana
Kamalakarabhatta
Kashicandra Vidyaratna (1854-1917)
Kashinatha Upadhyaya
Kashirama Vacaspati Bhattacharaya
Katyayana
Kubera (Upadhyaya, Pandita)
Kullukabhatta
Lakshmidhara
Likhita
Madanapala
Madhavacharya
Manu
Medhatithi
Misaru (u) Mishra
Mitramishra
Nagesha
Nagojibhatta or Nageshabhatta
Nandapandita
Narada
Narayanabhatta (Jagaduru)
Nilakantha Bhatta
Parashara
Prataparudradeva
Raghunandana
Rayamukuta
Rudradhara
Shamkha
Samvarta
Sarvorusharma Trivedin
Shatatapa
Shridatta
Shridhara
Shrikrishna Tarkalamkara
Shrinatha Acharya-cudamani
Shulapani
Sumantu
Todarmal
Ushanas
Vacaspati Mishra
Vaidyanatha Payagunda
Vallalasena
Varadaraja
Vardhamana
Vash(s)istha
Vidyapati
Vijnaneshvara
Vishnu
Vishvarupa
Vyasa
Yajnavalkya
Yama

4. Works

Acharadarsha
Angiras-Smriti
Anukramani or Nirnaya-Sindhu-Anukramanika
Apararka
Apastamba-Dharmasutra
Ashtavimshati-Tattva
Atri-Smriti (Atri Samhita or Atreya Smriti or Atreya Dharmashastra)
Aushanasa-Dharmashastra
Balakrida
Balambhatti
Baudhayana-Dharmasutra
Brahmana-Sarvasva
Brihaspati-Smriti
Caturvarga-Cintamani
Chandoga-Paddhati
Daksha-Smriti
Dana-Kriya-Kaumudi
Dana-Ratnakara
Dana-Sagara
Dandaviveka
Dasha-Karmapaddhati
Dattaka-Candrika
Dattaka-Mimamsa (Also Called Datta-Putra-Nirnaya-Mimamsa or Putrikarana-Mimamsa)
Dayabhaga
Dayabhaga-Prabodhini
Dharma-Ratna
Dharma-Ratna
Dharma-Sindhu-Sara or Dharmabdhi-Sara
Dharma-Tattva
Dipakalika
Dolayatra-Viveka
Durga-Bhakti-Tarangini
Durgotsava-Viveka
Ganga-Vakyavali
Gautama-Dharmasutra
Grihastha-Ratnakara
Haralata
Harita-Smriti
Kala-Sara
Kala-Viveka (Ad 1092)
Karmanushthana-Paddhati
Karmavipaka
Karmopadeshini
Karmopadeshini-Paddhati
Katyayana-Smriti-Saroddhara
Kriya-Kaumudi
Kritya-Cintamani
Krityakalpataru
Kritya-atnakara
Kritya-Tattvarnava
Likhita-Smriti
Madana-Parijata
Manava-Dharmashastra
Manu-Bhashya
Manu-Smriti
Manu-Tika
Manvartha-Muktavali
Mitakshara
Narada-Smriti
Nirnaya-Kamalakara
Nirnaya-Sindhu (ad 1612)
Nirnaya-Sindhu-Anukramanika
Nrisimha-Prasada (ad 1490-1512)
Nyaya-Matrika
Parashara-Smriti
Parashara-Madhava
Parashara-Smriti
Pitridayita
Prayashcitta-Prakarana (or-Nirupana)
Prayashcitta-Viveka
Puja-Ratnakara
Rajaniti-Ratnakara
Rasayatra-Viveka
Sambandha-Cintamani
Sambandha-Viveka
Shamkha-Likhita-Dharmasutra
Shamkha-Smriti
Samskara-Paddhati
Samvarta-Smriti
Sarasvati-Vilasa
Shatatapa-Smriti
Smriti-Candrika
Smriti-Cintamani
Smriti-Kaumudi
Smriti-Kaustubha
Smritimanjari
Smriti-Ratna-Hara
Smriti-Ratnakara
Smriti-Sara
Smriti-Sara-Samuccaya
Smriti-Tattva
Shraddha Kriya-Kaumudi
Shraddha-Sagara
Shraddha-Viveka
Shuddhi-Kaumudi
Shuddhi-Ratnakara
Tirtha-Cintamani
Tithi-Nirnaya
Tithi-Viveka
Tristhalisetu (Shaka 1540 = ad 1618)
Uddhara-Candrika
Udvaha-Candraloka
Varsha-Kriya-Kaumudi
Vasishtha-Dharmasutra (or-Dharmashastra)
Viramitrodaya
Viruddha-Viddhi-Vidhvamsa
Visnu-Dharmasutra (or-Smriti)
Vivda-Bhangarnava
Vivada-Candra
Vivada-Ratnakara
Vivadarnava-Setu
Vivada-Sararnava
Vivaha-Tattvarnava
Vrata-Kala-Viveka
Vyasa-Smriti
Vyavahara-Cintamani
Vyavahara-Matrika or Nyaya-Matrika
Vyavahara-Mayukha
Vyavahara-Ratnakara
Yajnavalkya-Smriti
Yama-Smriti

5. Aspects of Society in Ancient and Medieval India : Reflected in Smriti-Shastra 

Position of Women
Sati-Daha (Burning of Widows)
Polygamy
Divorce
Remarriage of Women
Prostitution
Levirate (Niyoga)
Shudras and other So-called Low-class People
Slavery
Untouchability
Euthanasia
Democratic and Socialistic Trends in Manu-Smriti
Basic Juridical Principles
Judicial Procedure
Guiding Principles for Administration of Justice
Raja-Dharma (Politics and Statecraft)
Moral and Ethical Principles in Smriti-shastra
Relation between Son and Parents
Relation between the Teacher and the Taught
Relation between the Husband and the Wife

Appendix 1: Mahabharata and Smriti
Appendix 2: Purana and Smriti
Appendix 3: Tantra and Smriti
Appendix 4: Principal Schools of Navya-smriti and Names of their Main  Exponents
Appendix 5: Inter-relations among Different Schools of Neo-smriti
Appendix 6: Theories on Creation in Manu-smriti
Appendix 7: Flora and Fauna in Manu-smriti
Appendix 8: Geographical Information in Manu-smriti
Appendix 9: Mixed Castes and Tribes Mentioned in Manu-Smriti
Appendix 10: Manu Abroad
Appendix 11: A Classified List of Smriti Works
Appendex 12: Manu's Recipe for Health and Hygiene
Glossarial Index of Smriti Literature
Select Bibliography

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