Kṛtyakalpataru

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By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Krtyakalpataru, KRtyakalpataru, Krrityakalpataru


Kṛtyakalpataru literally means ‘wish-yielding tree of rituals’.

Rituals and sacraments of the modern society to a great extent depends on Purāṇas, Dharmaśāstras, Nibandhas, Digests.

The Kṛtyakalpataru of Lakṣmīdhara (12th century CE) is more popularly known as Kalpataru. Lakṣmīdhara was the son of Bhaṭṭa Hṛdayadhara and the minister for peace and war[1] of the king Govindacandra of Kanauj who ruled from CE 1114 to CE 1154.

Kṛtyakalpataru is one such nibandha which is both voluminous and also considered as an authority especially in the states like:

  • Mithilā
  • Bengal
  • North India
  • West India

Glossary of Kṛtyakalpataru

The work comprises fourteen kāṇḍas dealing with a variety of subjects as follows:

  • Contents
  • Duties of a gṛhastha or a householder
  • Daily duties like Sandhyā and pañcamahāyajñas

References

  1. These type of ministers are called ‘sandhivigrahika’.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore