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References of Grhyasutras: adding content
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.
=== '''पाकयज्ञः''' Pakayajna ===The term Pakayajnas is used to refer to Grhyayajnas to distinguish them from the Shrauta yajnas which are also described . This point has been mentioned in Brahmana texts of the Vedas.<blockquote>...'''पाकयज्ञा''' इळामेवानु ये केच '''पाकयज्ञास्ते''' सर्वेऽग्निष्टोममपियन्ति सायम्प्रातरग्निहोत्रं जुह्वति सायम्प्रातर्व्रतम्प्रयछन्ति स्वाहाकारेणाग्निहोत्रं जुह्वति...। (Aite. Brah. 3.40)<ref>Aiteraya Brahmana texts([ Panchika 3])</ref></blockquote>
=== 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(8.10) <ref>Aitareya Brahmana ([ Panchika 8])</ref>गृहान्पश्चा'''द्गृह्यस्याग्ने'''रुपविष्टायान्वातब्धाय ऋत्विगन्ततः कंसेन चतुर्गृहीतस्तिस्र...।
* 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.

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