Kāśyapa Samhitā

From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Kasyapa Samhita, KAZyapa SamhitA, Kaashyapa Samhitaa


Kāśyapa Samhitā is a dharmasutra work. It is attributed to the sage Kaśyapa. It is quoted by other writers like Baudhāyana (600-300 B. c.) and later writers. The work is not available now.

Topics in Kāśyapa Samhitā

It seems to have dealt with the usual topics of dharmaśāstras that includes:

Topics in Kaśyapasmrti

Kaśyapasmrti is a manuscript recovered few years back. It is in prose and deals with:

  • Duties of the householders
  • Expiation for polluting public places like wells, ponds and temples
  • Expiation for killing cows and other animals
  • Expiation for other sins
  • Rules concerning mourning after death
  • Purification of vessels of wood
  • Metal

References

  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore