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Companion to Dharmasastra

by: Sures Chandra Banerji

This work highlights the Dharmashastra essentials by listing the major authors with their biographies, titles and their dates of composition, published editions and commentaries. It shows how Dharmashastra works have influenced the Indian way of life.

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ISBN: 9788124600986
Year Of Publication: 1998
Edition: 1st
Pages : xiv, 265
Bibliographic Details : 12 Appendices; Glossary; Select Bibliography
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Size: 23 cm.
Weight: 500 gm.

Overview

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.

Contents

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-Ratnakara – 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

Meet the Author
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1917
Dr. Sures Chandra Banerji (b. 1917) is a distinguished scholar of ancient Indian history, scriptures and literary classics of almost every genre. With over half a century of serious involvement in Indological research, he has already authored 56 books that notably include titles, like Studies in the Origin and Development of Dharmashastra, Studies in the Origin and Development of Yoga, A Brief History of Tantra Literature, A Companion to Sanskrit Literature, Society in Ancient India, and A Companion to Indian Philosophy. A retired Professor of Sanskrit (Bengal Educational Service), Fellow of Asiatic Society (Calcutta), and Life Member of the Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute (Pune) as well as Kuppuswami Sastri Research Institute (Madras), Dr. Banerji was honoured with the Rabindra Memorial Prize (1963-64): the highest academic award from the Government of West Bengal.
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