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Kapila Smriti

Kapila Smriti is a text on Dharmashastra and it lays down the principles to be followed in social and religious life. Details about Kapila Smriti:
  • It consists of 1004 verses
  • There are no internal divisions.
  • It was composed around 10the century AD.
  • It is in the form of a dialogue between Sage Kapila and Sage Kaushika.
  • Sage Kapila suggests the means for the revival of Vedic studies which has decline in the Kali Yuga.
  • The text lays down rules for every activity for both men and women.
  • The topics dealt in the text include domestic life, matters of rituals, association with others, adoption, gifts, marriage, pollution, expiation, punishment for crimes, upanayana, brahmacharya, and so on.
  • It is state in the text that mere chanting of Vedic words by the degenerated Brahmin would not make the person a real Brahmin.
  • The puja and daily activities to be performed by a true Brahmin are given in detail. This includes studying veda, eliminate anti Vedic activity, perform Shraddha, rites for the propitiation of the manes of ancestors, chanting of Gayatri mantra, performing Vedic worship at dawn, noon and dusk, and so on.