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== Texts ==
[[Kalpa Vedanga (कल्पवेदाङ्गम्)|Kalpa Vedanga]] which included the [[Dharmasutras (धर्मसूत्राणि)]], followed by Smrtis, Dharmashastras, more recently the Nibandhas (Nirnayasindhu, Dharmasindhu to name a few are dated works) are the four kinds of texts in which the dharmas evolved in the context of codes of conduct and justice. However, there are various versions about the vidhis of topics in different texts. For example, Baudhayaya recognises 8 kinds of marriage, of which Apastamba mentions only 6 omitting prajapatya and paisacha kinds of marriages. The Itihasas also played a significant role in shaping dharmashastras so as the puranas.
 
Manu called a Dharmashastra as Smrti. <blockquote>श्रुतिस्तु वेदो विज्ञेयो धर्मशास्त्रं तु वै स्मृतिः । (Manu. Smrt. 2.10)</blockquote>Again, there are references where the term "Smrti" is applied to all non-vedic texts including the Vedangas (including the Dharmasutras), Smrti texts (Manusmrti, Yajnavalkya smrti etc) Puranas and Itihasas. In this article, the following terminologies apply.
* Sutragranthas (include the Kalpa Vedanga Sutra rachana)
* Smrtigranthas (include Manusmrti, Harita Smrti and such Smrti texts)
* Dharmashastras (include major Gautama, Vashista Dharmashastras and minor texts)
* Nibandhanas (Dharmasindhu by Pt. Hemadri)
As the texts evolved over time the differences between these texts became more apparent.
{| class="wikitable"
|+Difference between Dharmasutras and Smrtis
!Dharmasutras
!Smrtis
|-
|Composed in Sutra style of writing, terse short aphorisms
|Composed in Shloka style of writing
|-
|Language used is archaic
|Language is not archaic, classsic samskrit used
|-
|Part of Kalpa (Vedanga) having intimate connection with the corresponding Grhyasutras
|Smrtis are independent texts without resemblance to any other texts
|-
|Authors do not claim to be of divine origin
|Some smrtis are said to be of divine origin, ascribed to devatas such as Brahma
|-
|Well defined classification of the textual content is not seen
|Many Smrtis arrange their content into 3 principal headings : Aachara, Vyavahara and Prayaschitta
|-
|Sutra literature is traditionally associated with the Veda and even the Veda shakas
|No specific association with vedic texts.
|}
== References ==
[[Category:Dharmas]]
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