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Like the Vedas, Grhyasutras are also handed down and preserved since ancient times through oral tradition. Transmission of what was studied, memorized and practiced manifested as the tradition or custom, which, was regarded as an authority of these rituals. This was the foundation of Sampradayas which are the existing authorities in matters pertaining to Bharatiya culture and dharmas.
The term Pakayajnas is used to refer to Grhyayajnas to distinguish them from the Shrauta yajnas
which are also described in the Brahmana texts.
=== Vedic References ===
* Atharvaveda gives copious information about Grhya ritual described in Grhyasutras - marriage, Pumsavana, Jatakarma, Upanayana, Antyeshti, Godana, Astaka and so on.
* Brahmana texts mention a number of rites and rituals found in Grhyasutras.
* The Grhyagni - the grhya fire, is mentioned in Aitereya Brahmana.
* The Agrayana ceremony that finds description in the Grhyasutra is mentioned in the Brahmanas
* Sathapatha Brahmana discusses the Panchamahayajnas, Upanayana and Garbhadhana, Namakarana (of the samskaras) and others such as Soshyantikarman, Ayushyakarman, and Medhajanana.