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The life of an average person was generally guided both at the individual and at the social level by the smṛtis and the dharmaśāstras. Among all the smṛtis, the most ancient and widely accepted is the Manusmrti (100 B. C.). The Manvarthamuktāvali by Kullukabhatta is widely known of all the commentaries on this work. It has been printed several times.
  
==Introduction==
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Kullukabhatta was the son of Bhaṭṭa-divākara and belonged to the Vārendra family of Bengal. He must have flourished sometime during the period CE 1150 -1300. This work was probably composed around CE 1250 in Kāśī. His commentary is concise, lucid and to the point. He avoids all the unnecessary discussions though he is quite critical about Medhātithi (circa CE 825-900) and Govindarāja (11th century CE). Both of them also wrote commentaries on the Smṛti of Manu.
The life of an average person was generally guided both at the individual and at the social level by the smṛtis and the dharmaśāstras. Among all the smṛtis, the most ancient and the most widely accepted is the Manusmrti (100 B. C.). Of all the commentaries on this work, the Manvarthamuktāvali of Kullukabhatta is most widely known. It has been printed several times.
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==Origin of Kullukabhatta==
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Kullukabhatta was the son of Bhaṭṭa-divākara and belonged to the Vārendra family of Bengal. He must have flourished sometime during the period A. D. 1150- 1300. This work was probably composed around A. D. 1250 in Kāśī. His commentary is concise, lucid and to the point. He avoids all the unnecessary discussions though he is quite critical about Medhātithi (circa A.D. 825-900) and Govindarāja (11th century A. D.). Both of them also wrote commentaries on the Smṛti of Manu.
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Vivādasāgara and Aśaucasāgara are two more works, alluded to, by him, which too must have been a part of this bigger work. Kullukabhatta was an adept in the  Purvamīmāmsā doctrines.
 
Vivādasāgara and Aśaucasāgara are two more works, alluded to, by him, which too must have been a part of this bigger work. Kullukabhatta was an adept in the  Purvamīmāmsā doctrines.
  
==Śrāddhasāgara==
 
 
Śrāddhasāgara is another work attributed to him wherein he deals with the following topics:
 
Śrāddhasāgara is another work attributed to him wherein he deals with the following topics:
# Times and places suitable for śrāddha
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* Times and places suitable for śrāddha
# Aṣtakāśrāddha which even the śudras can perform
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* Aṣtakāśrāddha which even the śudras can perform
# Details regarding intercalary months
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* Details regarding intercalary months
# The yajñopavīta or the sacred thread  
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* The yajñopavīta or the sacred thread  
# Etc.
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Perhaps this work was a part of a bigger work called Smṛtisāgara which is not available now.  
 
Perhaps this work was a part of a bigger work called Smṛtisāgara which is not available now.  
 
 
  
 
==References==
 
==References==

Revision as of 10:10, 2 November 2016

By Swami Harshananda

The life of an average person was generally guided both at the individual and at the social level by the smṛtis and the dharmaśāstras. Among all the smṛtis, the most ancient and widely accepted is the Manusmrti (100 B. C.). The Manvarthamuktāvali by Kullukabhatta is widely known of all the commentaries on this work. It has been printed several times.

Kullukabhatta was the son of Bhaṭṭa-divākara and belonged to the Vārendra family of Bengal. He must have flourished sometime during the period CE 1150 -1300. This work was probably composed around CE 1250 in Kāśī. His commentary is concise, lucid and to the point. He avoids all the unnecessary discussions though he is quite critical about Medhātithi (circa CE 825-900) and Govindarāja (11th century CE). Both of them also wrote commentaries on the Smṛti of Manu.

Vivādasāgara and Aśaucasāgara are two more works, alluded to, by him, which too must have been a part of this bigger work. Kullukabhatta was an adept in the Purvamīmāmsā doctrines.

Śrāddhasāgara is another work attributed to him wherein he deals with the following topics:

  • Times and places suitable for śrāddha
  • Aṣtakāśrāddha which even the śudras can perform
  • Details regarding intercalary months
  • The yajñopavīta or the sacred thread

Perhaps this work was a part of a bigger work called Smṛtisāgara which is not available now.

References

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

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