Texts with Electronic Editions
Dharmaśāstra and Hindu law have been a research focus at UT-Austin for more than thirty years. Until recently, searchable versions of Dharmaśāstra texts existed only for the major source texts (mūlasmṛti), at repositories such as GRETIL or SARIT (thanks especially to the pioneering efforts of several Japanese scholars in the late 1990s). The voluminous later commentarial and digest literature, however, had not been transcribed. After an initial collaborative transcription and publication of the Mitākṣarā commentary in 2017, Patrick Olivelle dedicated great time and effort during the COVID-19 pandemic to transcribing many other important commentaries and digests. All the editions are offered as open educational resources under a CC BY-SA Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
- Mitākṣarā of Vijñāneśvara, commentary on the Yājñavalkya-dharmaśāstra
- Bālakrīḍā of Viśvarūpa, commentary on the Yājñavalkya-dharmaśāstra
- Aparārka’s Commentary on the Yājñavalkya-dharmaśāstra
- Bhāruci’s Commentary on the Mānava-dharmaśāstra
- Manubhāṣya of Medhātithi, commentary on the Mānava-dharmaśāstra
- Smṛticandrikā by Devaṇabhaṭṭa, major digest in five volumes
- Dāyabhāga of Jīmūtavāhana, treatise on inheritance
- Kṛtyakalpataru by Lakṣmīdhara, digest (two volumes on gifts and legal procedure available)
- Vyavahāracintāmaṇi of Vācaspati Miśra, treatise on legal procedure
- Dakṣasmṛti, short mūlasmṛti
- Dharmasūtras, earliest texts of the dharma tradition in one file
Repository of more than 3000 citations to scholarly works on Dharmaśāstra and Hindu law.