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Kāthaka Gṛhyasutras

From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Kāthaka Gṛhyasutras are part of the Kalpa or Kalpasutra literature. Kalpa literature is one of the six Vedāṅgas.[1] The Kāthaka Grhyasutras is one of the four Gṛhyasutras belonging to the Kṛṣṇa Yajurveda. It is also known by other names such as:

  • Carakagrhya
  • Cārāyaniyagrhya
  • Laugāksigrhya

This work has been quoted by others like Hemādri (13th century CE). Since it has five khaṇḍas or chapters, it is also called Grhyapañcikā. Three commentaries have been discovered so far. They are:

  1. Vivarana of Ādityadarśana
  2. Paddhati of Brāhmaṇabala
  3. Bhāsya of Devapāla

The contents of this scripture is similar to those of the other gṛhyasutras like those of Apastamba or Baudhāyana.


  1. Vedāṅgas are the subsidiary literature that aids the study of the Vedas.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore