Re: [INDOLOGY] the Hārīta Dharmasūtra

Charles Li cchli at
Thu Feb 28 20:52:02 UTC 2019

Dear all,

Thanks to everyone who replied! In case anyone is interested, here is S. 
C. Banerji's article from the Journal of the Oriental Institute, Baroda, 
Vol. VIII (1958-1959) where he collects quotations of the Hārīta 
Dharmasūtra (thanks to the magic of North American interlibrary loan):

It seems to be a little different from the same list in Banerji 1962, 
/Dharmasūtras: A Study in their Origin and Development, /pp. 257-289. 
I'm still mystified by the precise chapter and verse numbers cited by 
the publication I mentioned previously, but who knows.



On 2/22/19 2:12 PM, Olivelle, J P wrote:
> See Kane’s History of Dharmaśāstra, Vol. 1, pp. 127–136 for the Hārīta 
> Dharmasūtra, with further bibliography and attempts to reconstruct it 
> by S. C. Banerjee. Kane also mentions your 30-ch version, a ms. of 
> which was found in Nasik by Islampurkar.
> Patrick
>> On Feb 22, 2019, at 3:55 PM, Charles Li via INDOLOGY 
>> <indology at <mailto:indology at>> wrote:
>> Dear all,
>> I've fallen into a bit of a rabbit hole looking into the 
>> dharmasūtra/dharmaśāstra attributed to Hārīta. Julius Jolly, in 1896, 
>> writes about a 17th-century manuscript of this text, complete in 30 
>> chapters:
>> But it does not seem to have ever been published. However, I found 
>> this 1994 book that seems to make reference to specific passages from 
>> the 30th chapter of the Hārīta Dharmasūtra:
>> This definitely seems to be referring to the abovementioned 
>> 30-chapter text, rather than to shorter works attributed to Hārīta 
>> (such as the Hārītasaṃhitā, Laghuhārītasmṛti, Vṛddhahārītasmṛti, 
>> etc.) Does anyone know if any work has been done on the Hārīta 
>> Dharmasūtra in the past hundred years or so? Jolly published a 
>> collection of quotations from it in 1890 (/Abhandlungen der 
>> philosophisch-philologischen Classe der Königlich Bayerischen 
>> Akademie der Wissenschaften/ 18), but I have been unable to access it.
>> Thanks,
>> Charles
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