Grihasthin, Gṛhasthin: 1 definition

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Grihasthin 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 Gṛhasthin can be transliterated into English as Grhasthin or Grihasthin, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Dharmashastra (religious law)

Source: Shodhganga: The saurapurana - a critical study (dharma)

Gṛhasthin (गृहस्थिन्) or Gṛhastha refers to the second of the four “stages of life” (aśrama), according to the 10th century Saurapurāṇa: one of the various Upapurāṇas depicting Śaivism.—From the times of the most ancient dharmaśāstras the number of āśramas has been four:—Brahmacarya, Gṛhastha, Vānaprastha and Sannyāsin.—In the second part of his life, he marries and becomes a house holder (gṛhasthin or gṛhastha), discharges his debts to his ancestors by begetting sons and to the gods by performing sacrifices.

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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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