Is it true that a Brahamin man can remain unmarried (and be celibate) his whole life ? (While for men of other castes marriage is mandatory) .

In Hindu scriptures ,I find many Brahman men remaining unmarried as it was considered a normal like - Aswathama , Kripacharya , Kanva , Parashara , Kapil and many others.

While for other caste , remaining unmarried was exception and it was highlighted eg- Bhisma.

Is there anywhere written in any scripture that a Brahman man can remain unmarried ?

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    Yes. Those brahmins who dedicate their lives to serving their gurus remain unmarried Dec 1, 2022 at 14:17
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    @TheLittleNaruto I don't think you're correct. Any Brahmin man who does Brahmacharya, as ordained by the Manusmriti, is celibate. Furthermore, it is urged by many Puranas like the Srimad Bhagavatam to not marry and become an ascetic. Dec 1, 2022 at 16:46
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    Could you please make the question clearer, are you asking about R̥ṣis in the Veda and Upaniṣads? Or are you asking of Brāhmaṇas generally. Because if you are asking the latter case, there are many Brāhmaṇas in history who remained celibate and unmarried their whole life. Ādi Śaṅkarācārya is one example, but there are lots of examples of Brāhmaṇas in history being brahmacārī for their whole life. A brāhmaṇa who is take saṃnyāsa early in life, is not supposed to marry. Renunciates don't marry, there is no lack of Brāhmaṇa renunciates. And there have been renunciates of other varṇas as well.
    – Bingming
    Dec 2, 2022 at 7:00
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    According to vyasa smriti prathamoadhyaya, a dwija can opt to remain a naishtika brahmachari, thereby it is not specific to Brahmanas only
    – Athrey
    Dec 2, 2022 at 13:03
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    Does this answer your question? What are the difference between various types of brahmacharis?
    – Adiyarkku
    Apr 30, 2023 at 1:56


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