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Whose gotra has to be mismatched for marriage ? - Only father or both father and mother

As far as I know Gotra of fathers of bride and bridegroom has to mismatched for marriage between a man and woman.(in brahmins) Whose gotras has to be mismatched for marriage ? - Only father or both ...
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Are there two different rishis kutsa and kutsat?

I belong to kutsat gotra. I know about kutsa rishi but i want to know was there any kutsat rishi in past or kutsat and kutsa rishi are one and the same?
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How I learn about my ancestry with my Kula Deva, Gotra, Sub-Caste, and Caste, along with ancestral location etc.?

How can I learn about my ancestry with my Kula Deva, Gotra, Sub-Caste, and Caste, along with ancestral location etc.? I know little to nothing about my ancestry. But I do know my family's Kula Deva, ...
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Are there any Gotras with these names?

There is really a confusion in someone's family about the Gotras. Are there any Gotras with the names: Kandilya Gotra (starting with 'K) and Latvas Gotra? If they are malapropism of some similar ...
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I am Ghoi vaishya and my gotra is gangal i am trying to find my sage and kuldevta. any help would be really awesome!

I am Ghoi vaishya and my gotra is gangal i am trying to find my orignal rishi and kuldevta. any help would be really awesome!
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Is it possible to know the Gotra from the surname alone?

My surname is Mukhopadhyay. I belong to Bhardwaj Gotra. My maternal side's surname is Bandopadhyay and they belong to Kashyapa Gotra. Is it true that all persons with the surname Mukhopadhyay belong ...
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Are there two Vashista Maharishi?

Some people claim that there were two Vashista Maharishi one among the saptarishi and the other is brother of Kaundinya Maharishi. When I say my pravara it is "Vashista-Maitravarna-Kaundinya ...
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I am a Kalinga Shrauta Brahmin and I know that my family belongs to Gautama Gotra and Kauthuma Shakha of Samaveda. What is my pravara then?

I am from Bhubaneswar, Odisha. I know that my family belongs to Kauthuma Shakha of Samaveda and follows the Latyayana Sutra. However my father doesn't exactly remember the pravara.
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What is Gotra of a person after converting to Hinduism?

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 ...
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What could be my clan's sutra?

I belong to Gaargya gotra and follow the Yajurveda (Madhyanddinya). Our family does not remember the "sutra" of the Yajurveda that our clan was supposed to follow. I was wondering if ...
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Do the total number of gotras change?

There are two related and interesting questions on this site Number and Types of Gotras What are the main gotras and the upagotras among Brahmins? I don't know whether gotras are creatable or not? I ...
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How is one's gotra relevant today?

Besides marriage (i.e. not marrying a person of the same gotra), how is gotra significant today? Does one need to perform a ritual related to gotra?
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Why are Gargeya and Bharadwaja Gotra distinct?

A question about Bhardwaja and Gargeya gotras. Bhardwaja had two sons: Drona and Garaga (mother Kshatriya). Drona had one son "Ashwathama". Ashwathana didn't have any sons. So the entire ...
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Who was Sankhyanasa rishi and what is his gotra pravara?

Who was Sankhyanasa rishi? Who were his forefathers and what was is his lineage? What is his gotra pravara? There is some info that his gotra maybe is a sublineage of Vasishta gotra, very similar to ...
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Sutra karas of bharadwaja gotra

What are two sutras in Bharadwaja gotra. One is Aswalauja sutra which is explained here. What is the other sutra . ( of yajur Veda )
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What were the parameters of progeny's of Rishis were seen to bless them to start Gotra system?

I never understood how progeny of Rishis were blessed/allowed to start new Gotra system. The progenitors already had their Gotras. So what was the need for sub Gotra system? Example, Sandilya Rishi ...
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Who is the father of rishi Shandilya?

Who is the father of Rishi Shandilya after whom Shandilya gotra is named? The wikipedia page https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shandilya_(Rishi) gives no light on this. https://familypedia.wikia.org/wiki/...
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Can Lord Vishnu be a Kuldevta?

Today my grandfather told me that our Kuldevta is Lord Vishnu and I had a hard time believing it. Is it possible to have Vishnu as a Kuldevta? If yes then which Rishi was originated from Lord Vishnu?
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Are king Harita and sage Harita one or two different persons?

I am searching about harit gotra and came across two persons harit king and harit sage. Are they different personalities or one person?
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Why are Vashishtha and Parashara used as gotras but Shakiti is not?

Why are Vashishtha and Parashara used as gotras but Shakiti is not? Even though they are of the same male lineage? Vashishtha > Shakti Muni > Parashara > Vyas. Why do people not use Vashishtha as ...
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Death formalities done under wrong Gotra

I want to know what happens if all the death related formalities ie, Puja, Antim Sanskar, Pind daan, Asthi Visarjan, etc are done unknowingly using wrong gotra. Are there any remedies mentioned in any ...
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Number and Types of Gotras

I am looking for scriptural references that list all the gotras that were formed. If there is no such listing, is there any scripture that mentions the total number of them?
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Does progeny born out of varNa-SaMkara (intermixing of classes) also derive gotra from father?

There was an episode where SatyakAma Jabala of unknown lineage was accepted as a disciple. Similarly, the recent, there happened another incident where King Prasenadi from the lineage of shAkhya was ...
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Does the Kaundinyasa/Kaundinya Gotra derive it's lineage from Buddha's disciple Kodanna?

I have been trying to trace the history of the Kaundinyasa gotra. Most of the references I find imply that Kaundinya was a brahmin at the court of the father of prince Siddharth (later Gautam Buddha) ...
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How to find Sutra, Shakha and Pravaras

My name is Lokesh Sharma and my gotra is "Ratna Bhardwaj". I want to determine my Sutra, Shakha and Pravaras. Could someone please help me?
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What is the lineage of Yajnavalkya, the guru of Janaka?

Yajnavalkya is an ancient rishi who is associated with many texts in Sanskrit such as the Shatapatha Brahmana, Shukla Yajurveda and the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad. His discussions with Raja Janaka of ...
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How did the Purva Mimamsa school explain Gotras?

If the Purva Mimamsa school believes that the Earth and humans are eternal, then how does it explain ancestral Gotras, such descendants of Bharadwaj, Angirasa, etc?
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Who are Rishi Asita and Devala?

Recently, while searching for the information about Pravara (प्रवर​) regarding this question, I found that Pravara refers to best among Rishi who are seer of Vedic hymns. Following is some useful ...
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How the Gotra of a woman is changed during marriage?

Gotra of women will change from her father's Gotra to husband's Gotra. How this will happen? Is there any Mantra?
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What is the origin of Shukracharya gotra?

When I asked my parents, what is our gotra, they told me Shukracharya is our gotra. I tried searching over the internet but could not find about Shukracharya gotra. It is not present under the list of ...
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How is the gotra determined

I want to know how do we determine that a person or his tribe belongs to this particular "Gotra".? Is it fixed based on the kuldevis they are worshipping or it differs from community to community. ...
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Gargeya Gotra / Gargi Gotra

My Surname is Yadav and my gotra is Gargeya . Is that possible because Gargeya are Suryavanshi lineage and Yadav are Chandravanshi lineage. I am confused. I am from Maharashtra if it helps.
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Are Hindus descendants of Surya and Chandra Vamshis?

Are all Hindus, or at least all Indian Hindus descendants of Suryavamshis and Chandravamshis? Kindly through some light.
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Is Kashyapa gotra same as Koushika gotra?

In the Mahabharata Kaushika gotra is mentioned and kashyapa gotra might have mentioned. Are the two gotras same?
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Who was Koushika (of Koushika gotra)?

They say one shouldn't dig into rishi-moolam and nadi-moolam, cos it is very hard to find source.. but still curious. When mentioning gotra during abhivaadaye, there is a rishi-pravara : Vaishvamitra,...
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What are the Pravaras used at the time of sankalpam?

What are the Pravaras used at the time of Sankalpam? I used to utter srimukh shandilya gotrah Tri Pravarah. Is there any scripture which define Pravara?
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Can different people of different varna share the same gotra?

Every we time go to a temple, when the priest performs archana, he asks us our Gotra. Gotra states our lineage from the sages. In some states of South India, Brahmins and Gouds have the same gotra ...
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Do Rakshasas have a gotra?

Did all Rakshasas descend only from Kashyapa or from other sages as well ? Were Vasishta Agasthya of Rakshasa origin? What proportion of Rakshasas were evil and what part pious and neutral judging ...
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Who was Maharshi Garga?

My gotra is Gargeya and I belong to a brahmin family. But I don't know who was Maharshi Garga. Please tell me story if anybody know.
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What are the main gotras and the upagotras among Brahmins?

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 ...
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