smArtha and shrAuta

Chandran, Nanda (NBC) Nanda.Chandran at NBC.COM
Thu Apr 23 13:23:51 CDT 1998

>I specifically would like to know about what "smArtha" means with
>respect to "shrAuta".
Brahmin subgrouping. Smarta means adhering to the Smriti. Historically
it's supposed to have been started by Shankara. Down South, the Iyers
are the Smartas. But I hear there's no such distinction up North where
all Brahmins are considered Smartas.

Encylopedia Britannia has some detailed information on this. Check it
out at Take a test trial for a week, read all the info that
you want :-)

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