When someone converts to hinduism, how is his Gotra determined? (asking for a friend)

This is important in matters of marriage or puja (Pujaris always ask for your gotra) or Shraadh kriya. Is there a default Gotra one can take or change it later? Taking example of an inter faith marriage and assuming marriage ceremonies are being performed as per Hindu rituals, how would his or her gotra be determined? Please enlighten. Thanks.

  • related but does not ans my question hinduism.stackexchange.com/questions/3452/…
    – sbharti
    Jun 19, 2021 at 21:48
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    Here in our place, if Gotra is unknown Kashyap gotra is used (the logic given is Lord Parashurama donated the entire earth to Rishi Kashyap)
    – Tezz
    Jun 20, 2021 at 0:51
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    I think I have seen Pujaris use Kashyap gotra if I'm unable to recall mine. Thanks.
    – sbharti
    Jun 20, 2021 at 1:37
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    You just say Amuka Gotrotpanna. Means unknown gotra
    – Adiyarkku
    Jun 20, 2021 at 4:36

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Gothra denotes the DNA that a person has inherited from the lineage. So, it is not possible for a newly converted person to know the Gothra. However, the scriptures suggest that anyone who doesn't know their Gothra should say "Narayana Gothra". That's because all of us belong to the Divine ultimately.

  • I have also heard that Students refer their gotra to be that of their guru. I recall in Ramanand Sagar's Ramayan, Shri Ram answers like that when asked about his gotra.
    – sbharti
    Jun 21, 2021 at 16:54
  • Reference to scripture would be helpful. Even a screenshot of a karmakand book if you have would do. Thanks.
    – sbharti
    Jun 21, 2021 at 16:55
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    Jun 22, 2021 at 15:16

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