Gotra or Clans

Gotra's of Chitpavan Brahmins : Gotra's are like the clans of Irish people. In days gone by, the Gotra was the basis of deciding matrimonial alliances. In order to avoid inbreeding, persons from the same clan or Gotra were forbidden to marry. In addition to this there were certain other rules also. There are fourteen Gotra's of Chitpavan brahmins (the numbers in brackets indicate surname count), they are :

  1. Atri ( 24 )
  2. Bhabravya ( 05 )
  3. Bharadwaj ( 23 )
  4. Gargya ( 46 )
  5. Jamadagni ( 05 )
  6. Kapi ( 26 )
  7. Kashyap ( 51 )
  8. Koundinya ( 09 )
  9. Koushik ( 51 )
  10. Nityundan ( 09 )
  11. Shandilya ( 90 )
  12. Vasishtha ( 67 )
  13. Vatsa ( 16 )
  14. Vishnuvruddha ( 12 )

434 surnames covering 14 gotra's of Chitpavans. All the names of the Gotra's are of famous sages and each of them is supposed to have been the originator or the father of the clan.

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