by Hermann Oldenberg | 1886 | 27,910 words

The Grihya-sutra of Paraskara, which belongs to the White Yajurveda and forms an appendix to Katyayana's Shrauta-sutra, has been edited, with a German translation. Alternative titles: Pāraskara-gṛhya-sūtra (पारस्कर-गृह्य-सूत्र), Grhya, Pāraskaragṛhyasūtra (पारस्करगृह्यसूत्र), Paraskaragrihyasutra, Paraskaragrhyasutra....

Adhyāya II, Kaṇḍikā 8

1[1]. Through a period of three nights (after the Samāvartana) he should keep (the following) observances.

2[2]. He shall eat no flesh and not drink out of an earthen vessel.

3[3]. He shall avoid seeing women, Śūdras, dead bodies, black birds, and dogs, and shall not talk to (such beings).

4[4]. He shall not eat funeral food, or food of a

Śūdra, or of a woman lying-in (during the period of her impurity).

5. He shall not void urine or excrements, or spit out in the sun-shine, and shall riot cover himself against the sun.

6. He shall take warm water for (the rites) in which water is wanted.

7. At night he shall eat by the light (of a lamp or a fire-brand).

8. Or only speaking the truth (suffices instead of the other observances).

9[5]. Also a person who has received the dīkṣā (or inauguration for a Soma sacrifice), should observe these rules beginning from (that which regards) the sun-shine (Sūtra 5), if he performs the Pravargya ceremony.

Footnotes and references:


8, 1. The words of this Sūtra are repeated from Śatapatha Brāhmaṇa XIV, 1, 1, 28 (only for carati it is said here caret).


Śatapatha Brāhmaṇa l.l. § 30.


Śatapatha Brāhmaṇa l.l. § 31. Black birds, according to the commentators, mean crows.


Funeral food is such food as described below, III, 10, 26.


The Pravargya ceremony, one of the preparatory ceremonies of the Soma sacrifice (Indische Studien, X, 363), was not performed at every Soma sacrifice, but there were certain restrictions regarding its performance; see Indische Studien, IX, 219 seq.

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