if there is difference of opinion between purana and bhagvad gita and dharmashashtras(like: manusmriti etc), and they are interpreting vedas in their own manner to support their views.

Now, then which one (gita,purana, dharmashashtras) will take more precedence?

among gita - bhagvad gita, uddhav gita,shiva gita,ishvara gita, guru gita which one is more authoritative ?

(note: it will be appreciated, if you quote references for your answer)


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They are not comparable due to different nature.
I fear, you are comparing apples vs oranges vs mangoes.

The Puranas, are ancient Hindu texts eulogizing various deities, primarily the divine Trimurti God in Hinduism through divine stories.

Smriti, literally "that which is remembered" are a body of Hindu texts usually attributed to an author, traditionally written down but constantly revised, ... Smriti is a derivative secondary work and is considered less authoritative than Sruti in Hinduism

Shruti in Sanskrit means "that which is heard" and refers to the body of most authoritative, ancient religious texts comprising the central canon of Hinduism. It includes the four Vedas ...

[Bhagavad] Gita falls either under Smriti or Sruti according to Wikipedia references and also discussed here:
Is Bhagavad Gita text Shruti or Smriti?

Regarding comparisons among various Gita, the same notion as above applies. Different Gita-s could have been said in different context. Hence should not be compared.

  • regarding "varna vyavastha" - these texts have conflicting opinions
    – zaxebo1
    May 6, 2018 at 12:49
  • @zaxebo1, it's better to ask a separate Qn in such case. As discussed in answer, generally: PurAna < Smruti < Shruti.
    – iammilind
    May 6, 2018 at 13:48
  • regarding shruti highest, can you answer this question of mine , 'agamas is included in shruti or not' hinduism.stackexchange.com/questions/27389/…
    – zaxebo1
    May 6, 2018 at 14:08
  • @zaxebo1 no contradiction May 27, 2018 at 10:14

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