(KMS No. 27-29)
Critically edited and translated by H.G.RANADE
1998 3 vols.,
xxi+1266 pp., bibl., indexes, ISBN: 81-208-1565-3(set), Rs 2200 (HB)
The Śrauta Sūtras form a very important
unit of the Sūtras literature which lays down in brief the quintessence of
the Vedic texts, i.e. the Saṁhitās and the Brāhmaṇas strengthening further
the sacrificial tradition in India.
The Lāṭyāyana-Śrauta-Sūtra is dealing with the duties of the chanting
priests, viz. the Udgātṛ, Prastotṛ, Pratihartṛ and Subrahmaṇya in the Śrauta
ritual with special reference to the Soma sacrifice, belonging to the
Kauthuma recension, of the Sāmaveda. Along with the duties of the
chanters (Udgātṛ) in ekāha (one day), ahzna (multiday) and sattra (session),
Soma sacrifices concerns with the role of the brāhmaṇa priest in Soma and
various other sacrifices.
The edition includes excerpts from the commentary of Agnisvāmin, parallel
passages from the
Drahyāyaṇa-Śrauta-Sūtra and Dhanvin's commentary there upon.