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By Swami Harshananda

Significance of Samvarta Smrti[edit]

Samvarta-smrti seems to be a fairly ancient work. Samvarta is quoted by many authors of dharmaśāstras like Aparārka, Haradatta, Medhātithi, Viśvarupa and others. Almost his 200 verses have been given in their works. There is a printed text which appears to be an epitome of a portion of the original smṛti of Samvarta. The smṛti is in the form of Samvarta’s teachings to Vāmadeva and others.

Contents of Samvarta Smrti[edit]

The topics dealt with may be summarized as follows:

  • Rules of conduct for a brahmacārin
  • Prāyaścittas or expiations for various kinds of sins
  • Duties of a householder, a forest hermit and a sanyāsin
  • Special duties of a king
  • Few minor topics as the age of girls for marriage

Samvarta as per Mahābhārata[edit]

According to the Mahābhārata[1] Samvarta was a son of Añgiras. Bṛhaspati and Ucathya were his brothers. It is difficult to say whether this was the same Samvarta who authored this smṛti.


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