[Advaita-l] On sagotra Marriages

Venkata sriram P venkatasriramp at yahoo.in
Tue Jun 21 00:24:05 CDT 2011

Seriously speaking, there is no SAstric rule that 
prohibits a marriage where the gotra-s of 
both bride and groom are completely unknown. The formal
recitation of the pravara-s and transfer of bride's gotra
It is a shiShTAchAra which is followed from rAmAyaNa.
Both Janaka & Dasaratha introduce themselves and their
lineage in the presence of their family priests Viswamitra
& Vasishta.  
Basically, it is a form of introducing oneself and their
lineage so that both bride & bridegroom would get
to know the greatness of their family tree, lineage & 
the respective ancestors.  
Apastamba & several other dharma sastras insist the 
bride’s father to enquire about the kula, gotra, health, 
assets of bridegroom.  


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