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The Dāya-Tattva is a Hindu law treatise written by Raghunandana regarding the proper procedure for inheritance following the death of the father. It is considered by many to be a follow up text to Jīmūtavāhana's digest, the Dāyabhāga. Raghunandana is considered to be a "disciple"[1] of Jīmūtavāhana, and his texts subsequently differ only slightly from the Dāyabhāga.


  • The Dāya-Tattva was translated by the famous Hindu jurist, Golapcandra Sarkar.

Topics covered in the digest[edit]

  • Partitions made by the father
  • Partition among brother's after their father's death
  • Persons not entitled to a share
  • Property not eligible for partition
  • Inheritance procedure for one who dies without a son


The Dāya-Tattva is followed in the Bengal region of India. Raghunandana is considered by many to be one of Bengal's greatest jurists.[2]


  1. ^ Robert Lingat, The Classical Law of India, (New York: Oxford UP, 1973), 119.
  2. ^ Kane, P. V., History of Dharmaśāstra, (Poona: Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute, 1975), Volume I, Part II, 892.
  • Lingat, Robert (1973). The Classical law of India. New York: Oxford UP Publ. 
  • Kane, P.V. (1973). History of DharmaŚãstra. Poona: Bhandarkar Oriental research Institute.