Manusmriti, aka: Manusmṛti, Manu-smriti; 2 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit term Manusmṛti can be transliterated into English as Manusmrti or Manusmriti, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism


[Manusmriti in Purana glossaries]

Manusmṛti (मनुस्मृति).—A code of conduct written by Manu alias Mānavācārya who was the father of man-kind for the harmonious existence of a social life. The book contains twelve chapters. The first chapter deals with the origin of the Smṛti and the origin of the world. No other Smṛti begins like this and so it is believed that this chapter must have been added to it later. The contents of each of the other eleven chapters are given below: Second chapter. It deals with the sense organs and stresses the importance of conquering and controlling them. It describes the qualities of a brahmin. (See full article at Story of Manusmṛti from the Puranic encyclopaedia by Vettam Mani)

(Source): Puranic Encyclopaedia
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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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[Manusmriti in Sanskrit glossaries]

Manusmṛti (मनुस्मृति).—the code of laws ascribed to the first Manu, the institutes of Manu.

Derivable forms: manusmṛtiḥ (मनुस्मृतिः).

Manusmṛti is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms manu and smṛti (स्मृति). See also (synonyms): manusaṃhitā.

(Source): DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family. Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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