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Srauta Sutras
Srauta sutras consist of manuals that are used by priests who are engaged in the performance of the grand Vedic sacrifices.
 
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 Srauta Sutras are based on older Vedic Literature. The Srauta sutras along with Grihya sutras and the Dharma sutras make up the Kalpa sutras. They form a part of Sanskrit Sutra literature. It consists of instructions relating to use of the Shruti corpus in ritual and the manner of performance of rituals. Some of the early Srauta sutras were composed in the late Brahmana period like Baudhyanana and Vadhula Sutras. However most of them are contemporaries to Grihya corpus of domestic Sutras. The language used is the late Vedic Sanskrit dating back to the mid first millennium before the age of Panini.

In brief the Sutras lay down the essence of the Vedic texts like that of the Samhitas and Brahmanas. The Baudhayana Srauta Sutra is a late Vedic text that deals with the solemn rituals of the Taittiriya School of the black Yajurveda which was composed during the late Brahmana period in eastern Uttar Pradesh.

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(Last Updated on : 16/03/2011)
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