If a person is from Parashara gotra but the girl he loves is of Vasishta gotra, are they siblings? (Since Parashara was the grandson of Vasishta) So the question arises: are the gotras belonging to the same lineage sagotras?

  • A marriage is to be avoided in that case, I have however seen such marriages in the case of emergency Commented Jul 24, 2023 at 4:01
  • @AdityaDwivedi So are they the same gotras? Commented Jul 25, 2023 at 22:03

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It depends on the pravaras associated with the two gotras as marriage rules are based on pravara associated with gotra eg: mahAbhArata anushasana parva CIV :

A woman of the same Pravaras should also be avoided

Some of the shrautasutras associated with vedas contain a section called "pravaradhyaya" which provides details of pravaras associated with gotras and their marriage rules.

This book contains an excerpt of those sections from shrauta sutras and matsyapurANa. chapter VII of this book has details of gotras having "vashishta" as one of their pravaras and marriage rules associated with them.

Similar details are also mentioned in skandapurANa-dharmaranyakhanDa-ch21 :

8. There is no marriage if there is similarity of Pravaras in five or three sages.(If there is similarity of three sages i.e. if ṃree Pravaras are common, where five sages constitute the Pravaras, no marriage can take place.) If there is similarity of two sages where three sages constitute the Pravaras then also there is a ban. So is the case of Bhṛgu and Aṅgiras. In the remaining cases, even if one sage is common the ban is to be enforced.

  • So that means they are the same gotras? (Sagotra) Commented Jul 26, 2023 at 6:03
  • As per above references, they will belong to the same spiritual lineage if pravara - vashishta is present in both gotras.
    – ekAntika
    Commented Jul 26, 2023 at 14:42
  • yes multiple persons can have the same name, thats exactly the reason why pravara has to be checked along with gotra as per rules. Eg: harita gotra (pravara: angiras, ambarisha, youvanasva) found in south india is different from harita gotra (pravara: vashishta) found in north india and hence marriage is possible between these two haritas as pravaras are different.
    – ekAntika
    Commented Jul 28, 2023 at 15:25
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    Thanks. Your help meant a lot! Commented Jul 28, 2023 at 15:30
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    Distinguished rishis are usually given new gotra status
    – ekAntika
    Commented Jul 28, 2023 at 16:29

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