A Dictionary of the Vedic Rituals : Based on the Srauta and Grhya Sutras

Chitrabhanu Sen, Concept, 2001, Reprint, 172 p, plates, plans, ISBN : 8170229456, $22.00 (Includes free airmail shipping)

A Dictionary of the Vedic Rituals : Based on the Srauta and Grhya Sutras/Chitrabhanu Sen

"This dictionary, based on the Srauta and Grhya Sutras, attempts to explain all significant terms related to the Vedic sacrificial rituals. Besides the Sanskrit term and its transliteration in Roman as well as its meaning in English, Chitrabhanu Sen tries to describe the exact purport of the term, different usages and its correlation with other sacrificial concepts.

For the Srauta rites, this work focusses mainly on As’valayana Sutra of Aitareya Brahmana; Bandharadvaja and Apastamba Sutras of the Taittiriya Brahmana, and the Katyayana Sutra of the Satapatha Brahmana, which are code books of the Hotr, and Adhvaryu priests. For the domestic rites, the author has used Asvalayana, Kathaka, Baudhayana, Bharadvaja, Apastamba, Hiranyakesin Paraskara, Gobila and Kausika grhyasutras. All the important implements and utensils, which were used in Vedic sacrifices, also find place in appendices."

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