I somewhere heard that same gothras cannot get married. I have a friend who belongs to the gothras Srivatsa loved a boy of gothra Bhargavasa. Is there any possibility that both gothras are same but have different names?

  • Is there any possibility that both gothras are same but have different names? How to differentiate between them then? Sep 5, 2016 at 6:18
  • @keth the major gotras are divided into subdivisions called ganas and each gana was further divided into groups of families. Today it is generally the gana or sub-gana that is commonly referred to as gotra so the confusion. However, since both Bhargava and Srivatsa arise from Bhrigu rishi in my opinion they belong to the same Gotra. Aug 3, 2017 at 9:05

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There cannot be two different names of a same gotra. However, different gotras may have similar pravaras.

example : Vishvamitra and Kaushika gotras.

So pravara may not be confused with gotra. Pravara is name of some famous rishis of that gotra.

A rishi has an option of starting his own gotra with his name for his progeny.

Gotras like Jamadagni , Srivatsa, Vatula do share some of the same rishis in their pravara.

Gotra pravara


Yes very much. Your friend and the boy both are Brahmins belonging to the BHARGAV lineage (descended from Bhrigu rishi). The Srivatsa, Vatsasya, Bhargava, Chyaavana, Aapnavaana, Aurva, Jaamadagney are all from the same family that originates from BHRIGU Rishi.

You can check out the following link for more on Brahmin Gotra System or download the Gothra Patrika from this or this link

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    Link is not working. I think you have given link of your local system. Aug 2, 2017 at 7:19
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    @TriyugiNarayanMani check it now? Aug 2, 2017 at 8:17
  • Yes, its correct now :-) Aug 2, 2017 at 8:21
  • @Dr.VineetAggarwal its not that these gotras are only for brahmins. Even kshatriyas and vyssyas have it. Aug 2, 2017 at 10:34
  • @RakeshJoshi of course who denied that? This question is specifically for a Brahmin gotra though. Aug 2, 2017 at 13:47

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