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Because it is not. If you ask "Why is Manu Smriti not a Tantra or not a Purana?" what will be the answers? Dharmashastras are the Smritis, like Manu Smriti etc.. Srutis tu vedo vijneyo dharma-shAstram tu vai smriti || Manu Smriti 2.10. But by Sruti (revelation) is meant the Veda, and by Smriti (tradition) the Institutes of the sacred law: ...


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