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Helpful Tips on Sanatana Dharma / Hindu Principles - 66

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Helpful Tips on Sanatana Dharma / Hindu Principles - 66
This section Helpful Tips is all about Frequently Arising Questions. Guruji have started a new section known as Samskara in which Guruji give us the knowledge on general topics and Hindu Sanathana Dharma, which i have put in this section. Guruji have started Shivam Vasthu to give us the knowledge on Vasthu Shastra and lot of Helpful stuffs. Many People have lot of doubts on Hindu Sanathana Dharma, which i have put in this section.
Please do ask a priest or elders, if you have any doubts in below, who knows very well about our customs and practices and clarify the same.

  • Gotra System :

    Helpful Tips on Sanatana Dharma / Hindu Principles - 66
    The Gotra system is beleived to have come into existence, sometimes during the Vedic period. It is believed that the Gotras system came in to existance, during the period,around 10-8 Century B.C.
    In sanskrit 'Go' means cow and Gotra means the cow-pen. In the olden times cow was supposed to be the valuable commodity and the family were recognised by the cow-pens. Gotra was the group of 'cow protectors' headed by a sage. So, later the term Gotra was linked with the family group and its lineage.
    Initialy the vedic sect used the term Gotra for the identification of the Lineage.
    The gotra system is part of a system of classification or identification of various Brahmin families in ancient times.Gotra is a lineage, whose members trace their descent to a common ancestor, usually a Rishi of ancient times.

    Gotra is very important since it is an identity of a person and his family. As per the Hindu tradition, the term gotra is used only for the lineages of Brahmin, Kshatriya and Vaishyas.
    In ancient times, each Gotra had a definite task to perform, so every Veda had priests of specific Gotras for their narration, guidence and teaching. Sacrifices of certain rituals require priests of a specific Gotra only.
    As per the brahminical theory, the Brahmins are the direct descendants of seven Rishis (Saptarshi), who are believed to be the mind-born sons of Brahma. They are Gautama, Bharadvaja, Vishvamitra, Jamadagni, Vasishtha, Kashyapa and Atri.

    It is beleived that the Gotra classification is created from 8 rishis {The Saptarshis(7) + Agastya(1)}.

    These eight rishis,called Gotrakarins created all the 49 Gotras. The members of a Gotra may not be blood relations, but can be the spiritual inheritors or descendants of a Guru or his followers.
    The members of a particular Gotra are believed to possess certain common characteristics by way of nature, skills and profession.
    In the ancient times the members of the brahminical Gotras had certain characteristic features to distinguish from the others. like - the Bhargavas used to shave their heads, while the Angirasas had five braids.

    As the time elapsed,the number of Gotras increased due to following reasons-
    a) The Descendants of original rishi gave rise to new family lineage ie new Gotras,
    b) By inter marriage with other sub-groups of the same caste,
    c) Following a new rishi and adopting his Gotra.

    The 'Kula' should not be confused with Gotra. People from the same Kula follow the same cultural customs, rituals and divinity,but the Kula does not relate to Lineage or Caste.

    According to Guruji, there is only two Gotra's namely Shiva Gothra and Vishnu Gothra i.e. the name of GOD himself as the foremost father.
  • Names of “Nav Naag” i.e. Nine Cobras :

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    Ananta, Vasuki, Karkotaka, Takshaka, Padmanabha, Shankhapala, Gulika, Sesha, and Mahapada are the names of nine snakes guarding the earth.
  • Who are Panchakanyas?

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    The Panchakanya, five women from the epics of India are Ahalya, Tara, Mandodari, Draupadi and Seetha.

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