[Advaita-l] Pourakutsa gotra from Ravi Chandrasekhara
skbhattacharjya at gmail.com
Fri Aug 22 01:04:51 CDT 2008
We have to keep in mind that after Parashurama killed the kshatriya
kings in his 21 expeditions the next generation of the Kshatriya kings
were actually fathered by the Brahmin rishis. In a slightly different
condition even Vedavyasa was the biological father of Dhritarashtra
and Pandu. Moreover we have also to keep in mind that though there was
the restriction of pratiloma marriage yet the Brahmana, Kshatriya and
the Vaishyas were dvijas and all had Vedic education except that the
Brahmins were alone entitled to be teachers of Veda. So the difference
was not that insurmountable.
On Thu, Aug 21, 2008 at 9:19 PM, ravi chandrasekhara <vadhula at yahoo.com> wrote:
> Pranam to all:
> I have a book: Ancient Indian Traditions: A historical Account of Vedic and Puranic Traditions by F E Partiger. (ist pub 1922). On page 246 -- Mandhatr (a famous king in Ikshvaku lineage and hence a descendant of Surya and also Kasyapa Rsi through wife Aditi) had a son Purukutsa and whose son was Trasadasyu (both still Kshatriyas). Trasadasyu's grandson Visnuvrddha and subsequent generations became Angirasa Brahmins (viz the Keval Angirasa gotra: Pourakutsa/Shatmarshana/Visnuvrddha gotra we have been discussing). Apparently Visnuvrddha married an Angirasa clan daughter. I have heard there were famous Sri Vaisnava Brahmins (Iyengars)belonging to this gotra. (ref Sri Vaisnava group lists,eg, Sri Pedia, etc)
> Trasadasyu's other grandson: Anaranya continued the line of Kshatriyas whose descendants are: Bhagawan Sri Rama from whom Sisodiya clan of Rajputs in Udaipur (and also their descendant Chattrapati Shivaji), Lohana Kshatriyas of Sindh/Gujarat claim descent. Also Rohatgi caste of UP claim descent from Rama's ancestor Harischandra.
> By inference: Shatmarshana/Pourakutsa gotra Brahmins and Rana of Mewar are "parallel cousin brothers".
> Now some interesting points to ponder:
> 1.How could a Kshatriya (Visnuvrddha) marry a Brahmin girl (Angirasa rsi daughter) and subsequent descendants be Brahmins (i.e. Porakutsa Gotra) ? Instead isn't that a pratiloma jaati ? Same would apply for Kevala Bhargava gotras and perhaps some others. Or is it that Visnuvrddha became a Brahmin just like Vishwamitra. (Now many modern day reformers would say cannot any male become a Brahmin in the current birth and start a new gotra by marrying a Brahmin female)
> 2.Given that Visnuvrddha "became or his son became a Brahmin", why would not the gotra be patrilineal and hence be Kasyhapa Gotra given Suryavanshi paternal descent ?
> 3.Given that Shatmarshana/Pourakutsa gotra is a Keval Angirasa gotra, paternally it is still from Kashyapa and hence can those members marry members of Kashyapa/Naidhruva Kashyapa Gotra ?
> 3.Is Naudhruva Kashyapa gotra among Brahmins also from Kashyapa's wife Aditi just like Suryavamshi Kshatriyas ?
> Ravi Chandrasekhara
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