Brahmin gotra system
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The word "gotra" means "lineage" in the Sanskrit language. Among those of the Brahmin caste, gotras are reckoned patrilineally. Each gotra takes the name of a famous Rishi or sage who was the patrilineal forebearer of that clan. Each Gotra is addressed by a slight deviation from the name of Rishi they are the descendants of, such as the suffix 'sa' or 'asa' as relevant.
The concept of Gotra was the sociodemographic-cultural coding by Brahma to classify His family, themselves among different groups. At the beginning, these gentes identified themselves by the names of various rishis (Angirasa, Daksha, Himavan, Atri, Gautam, Vishrava, Kashyapa, Bhrigu, Vashista, Kutsa,and Bharadwaja; the first seven of these are often enumerated as Saptarishis).
List of Brahmin Gotras
- Dhananjaya (gotra)
- Harita/ Haritash/Haritsa
- Jaabaali/ Jabali
- Jaiman Purohit
- Kankar/ Kankariya
- Kaushik/Koshik/Koushik,Kushika,Kausikasa/Ghrit kaushika]]
- Kush[disambiguation needed]
- Maudgalya (Moudgil, Mudgal)
- Mauna Bhargava
- Śakti (Shaktri)
- Sankhyan / Shankhyan
- Vishvamitra (sage)/Kamsi
Billas beda (gaur brahmin)
- A History of Brahmin Clans (Brāhmaṇa Vaṃshõ kā Itihāsa) in Hindi, by Dorilāl Śarmā,published by Rāśtriya Brāhamana Mahāsabhā, Vimal Building, Jamirābād, Mitranagar, Masūdābād,Aligarh-1, 2nd ed-1998. (This Hindi book contains the most exhaustive list of Brahmana gotras and pravaras together their real and mythological histories).
- Vedārtha-Pārijata by Swāmi Karpātri,Published by Sri Rādhā Krishna Dhanuka Prakāshan Sansthan,Calcutta,1979;(Sañchālakas : Vedasāstra Research Centre, Kedārghat, Vārānasi)