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By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Krtyaratnakara, KRtyaratnAkara, Krrityaratnaakara

Kṛtyaratnākara literally means ‘ocean of religious observances’.

The Kṛtyaratnākara is one of the seven sections of the voluminous nibandha or digest, the Smrtiratnākara. It is the Ratnākara by Caṇḍeśvara. It has 22 taraṅgas.[1] It deals with:

  • Nature of dharma
  • Various vratas
  • Religious observances including rites to be performed on eclipse days

The Ratnākara has greatly influenced the writers of dharmaśāstras and nibandhas from Mithilā (North Bihar) and Bengal.


  1. Taraṅgas refer to sub-sections here.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore