Ashvalayana-shrauta-sutra, Āśvalāyana-śrauta-sūtra: 2 definitions


Ashvalayana-shrauta-sutra means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

The Sanskrit term Āśvalāyana-śrauta-sūtra can be transliterated into English as Asvalayana-srauta-sutra or Ashvalayana-shrauta-sutra, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Dharmashastra (religious law)

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Source: Shodhganga: A Study of the asvalayana srauta sutra with reference to the principal sacrifices

Āśvalāyana-śrautasūtra is the oldest and the most authentic Śrautasūtra of the Vedic sacrificial arena. Sacrifices are the hub and nexus of the whole Vedic literature. The Āśvalāyana-śrautasūtra consists of twelve chapters and each chapter is again divided into some khaṇḍas which are also termed as kaṇḍikās. There are several commentaries on Āśvalāyana-śrautasūtra, such as—Devatrāta’s commentary, Vidyāraṇya’s commentary, Siddhāntī’s commentary and Nārāyaṇa’s commentary.

All of the twelve chapters of the Āśvalāyana-śrautasūtra give detail description of the various important śrauta sacrifices. In ther Āśvalāyana-śrautasūtra we find six seasons by name for performing some sacrifices. Every season consists of two months.

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Dharmashastra (धर्मशास्त्र, dharmaśāstra) contains the instructions (shastra) regarding religious conduct of livelihood (dharma), ceremonies, jurisprudence (study of law) and more. It is categorized as smriti, an important and authoritative selection of books dealing with the Hindu lifestyle.

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General definition (in Hinduism)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Hinduism

Āśvalāyana composed his Śrauta-sūtra in twelve adhyāyas (‘chapters’). This work is a Sanskrit manual for Vedic sacrificial rites, according to Āśvalāyana’s recension of the Ṛgveda. The Śrauta-sūtras of Ṛgveda-saṃhitā of Śākalya-śākhā and Aitareya-brāhmaṇa is Āśvalāyana-śrauta-sūtra and it describes the ritual duties of the Hotṛi priest.

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