254p., 23 cm. (Encyclopaedia of Hindu Civilisation, Customs and Traditions, Vol. 3)
The theme in this volume has taken the comprehensives shape into nine chapters. The role of priests who had deep control over the social rituals have been highlighted. The guru played a most significant role. He was a guide and adviser of the younger generation before and after marrige. Infact all social customs were performed by him in accordance with the Hindu and Brahminic Laws. Threre were numerous Hindu sects and their religious functions have been dealt with in this volume.