Sankara Smriti alias Laghudharmaprakasika is a 14th century text dealing with the social religion and cultural customs peculiar to Kerala. In 12 chapters each divided in 4 padas (section) it deals into many peculiar items on dharmasastras such as origin of the varnas and their duties, types of marriages, rules for smearing ashes, the sixteen customary rites, matrilineal systems, smartavicara (examination of girls with suspected adultery with detailed proceedings), duties of various casts, pollution of different kinds, the 64 anacaras, extraordinary customs peculiar to Kerala etc. The text contains 1376 stanzas and is critically edited using 10 palm leaf manuscripts. It is printed in roman script with English translation, explanatory notes bibliography, glossary, index of half verses.
Table of Contents:
- Customs and Manners of Kerala
- Kerala and Parasurama tradition
- Brahmin performance
- A non existent text
- Sankarasmriti alias laghudharmaprakasika
- Authorship of Sankara smriti
- Internal evidence
- Brief contents of Laghudharmaprakasika
- Arrangements of the text
- Smriti literature
- Critical apparatus
- Sanskrit text
- Translation of the text with explanations
Dr.N.P.Unni has been the first scholar awarded a Ph.D in Sanskrit by the University of Kerala. After a long teaching career in the Government Sanskrit College, Trivandrum he joined the University of Kerala as curator in the reputed Oriental research Institute and Manuscripts Library. Later he became the Reader on Sanskrit in the department of Sanskrit. And from 1979, onwards served as Professor and head of the department. He was appointed as Vice chancellor of the Prestigious Sree Sankara University, Kalady for a term of 4 years. In 2001 he was awarded the meritorious Certificate of Honor by the President of India. Dr.Unni has written, edited, and published more than 40 books in different fields of study in Sanskrit.