“Whenever you go to visit a temple in India, and participate in the doing pujas or rituals, the priest will often ask you to which gotra your family line belongs. Then you tell him your gotra, and usually the names of your father and mother, and he puts that into the recitation of prayers to offer to the deity you are worshiping, and to get blessings from that deity. In other cases, a person introduces himself to elders by stating one’s name and gotra. This is a form of acknowledging one’s ancestral ties and all that has been given by one’s ancestors.”

The above is how a post written by Steephen Knapp begins and in which he offers an explanation of what gotras are. You can access that post by clicking here. I have always seen this as a kind of barrier for me to participate in certain rituals wherein I know I’ll be asked to cite a familiar gotra. Surely, though, non-Indians DO have applicable gotras because the gotras are based off of the humanitary progenitors. It would be interesting to track down the gotra of various non-Indian peoples of our world.

Aum Shri Mahaganeshaya Namaha | Aum Shanti


One response to “Gotras

  1. It really would be interesting. Surely the concept is universal. But this post also reminds me of the Chhãndogya Upanishad wherein the student is asked his ancestral line but he doesnt know it so he says so. For doing so he is accepted and respected for his sincerity. Surely that should be a more important quality than lineage is. What is the idea behind lineage being required to be included in such ceremonies?


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