Manusmriti with the Commentary of Medhatithi

by Ganganatha Jha | 1920 | 1,381,940 words | ISBN-10: 8120811550

This is the English translation of the Manusmriti, which is a collection of Sanskrit verses dealing with ‘Dharma’, a collective name for human purpose, their duties and the law. Various topics will be dealt with, but this volume of the series includes 12 discourses (adhyaya). The commentary on this text by Medhatithi elaborately explains various t...

Verse 8.119 [Penalty for Perjury]

Sanskrit text, Unicode transliteration and English translation by Ganganath Jha:

एषामन्यतमे स्थाने यः साक्ष्यमनृतं वदेत् ।
तस्य दण्डविशेषांस्तु प्रवक्ष्याम्यनुपूर्वशः ॥ ११९ ॥

eṣāmanyatame sthāne yaḥ sākṣyamanṛtaṃ vadet |
tasya daṇḍaviśeṣāṃstu pravakṣyāmyanupūrvaśaḥ || 119 ||

I am going to explain, in due order, the particular punishments for him who should give false evidence from any one of these causes.—(119)


Medhātithi’s commentary (manubhāṣya):

The construction to be adopted in the following verse should be—‘He who tells a lie through greed should be fined one thousand’ and so forth.—(119)


Explanatory notes by Ganganath Jha

This verse is quoted in Parāśaramādhava, (Vyavahāra, p. 82);—and in Kṛtyakalpataru (37a).


Comparative notes by various authors

(verses 8.118-123)

See Comparative notes for Verse 8.118.

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