I would like to know the names of the original gotras. I have seen online different lists of gotras (sometimes up to 100+). I would like to know if there is a tree diagram of gotras and upagotras anywhere.

  • Matsya purana Chapter 195 to 202 states many of them. See this
    – Second
    Mar 9, 2021 at 4:23
  • I've noticed that the Jamadagnya-Vatsa-s are a major clan of brahmins (including the popular Sri-vatsa, Jamadagni, and Vatsa gotras).
    – Savitr̥
    Jul 8, 2023 at 12:01

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I would recommend reading the The Early Brahmanical System of Gotra and Pravara by by John Brough.


The major clans are the Bhrigu-s, the Angiras-es (Gautamas, Bharadvajas, and the Kevala Angiras-es), the Atri-s, the Vishwamitra-s, the Kashyapa-s, and the Vasishta-s.


Brahmins (Vaishnva) following the Srimad Bhagavatam (a.k.a. 5th veda) must give up all other gotras and accept only acyuta-gotra. Edit - Which is of the Brahma sampradaya. https://vedabase.io/en/library/transcripts/721002sbla/?query=Gotra#bb207811

Tree with 3000 Srimad Bhagavatam cited names in one free PDF, 6 feet x 16 ft (1.8 m x 4.6 metres) http://www.dandavats.com/?p=81179 1970s tree http://vedadev.ru/images/SB%20Family%20Tree03.jpg

  • never heard of acyuta-gotra. South Indian Iyengars have pretty much the same gotras ar Smartas - like vatoola, kaushika, bharadwaja, atreya etc,
    – S K
    Jun 20, 2023 at 23:34
  • @Sarvabhouma add a hyphen or space to Upa for google to recognise it. Jun 22, 2023 at 16:46

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