Re: [INDOLOGY] {भारतीयविद्वत्परिषत्} Re: a question regarding the usage of -gotra versus -sagotra

Madhav Deshpande mmdesh at
Tue Jan 3 11:39:52 UTC 2017

Thank you Professor Korada for the references that indicate that -sagotra
should be added to all Gotra references.  The variation in actual usage may
simply be due to people not following this rule.

Madhav Deshpande
Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA

On Mon, Jan 2, 2017 at 2:48 PM, Krishnaprasad G <krishnaprasadah.g at
> wrote:

> all gotras should be added sa
> bhaardhvaaj sagotra etc.
>  Charudeva Shastry uses it every where. This rule is said in Grhya sutra
> etc, I don't remember right now. I will send reference later. But every
> gotra is added sa and not only few.
> On Tue, Jan 3, 2017 at 1:01 AM, Madhav Deshpande <mmdesh at> wrote:
>> Dear colleagues,
>>      I am forwarding a question from a friend of mine, for which I do not
>> have a clear answer:
>> Quote:
>> Dear Madhav,
>> I thought you might have a quick answer to this question. When mentioning
>> gotras, one sees "Visvāmitra gotra", but also "Ātreyasa gotra", and
>> "Kāsyapasa gotra".
>> Since the ṛṣis in the two latter cases are Atri and Kasyapa, it would
>> appear that the corresponding gotras should be "Ātreya" and "Kāsyapa",
>> without the "sa" suffix. (Indeed, one also sees "Ātreya gotra", and
>> "Kāsyapa gotra".)
>> Is it the case that the correct terms are "Ātreya sagotra", and "Kāsyapa
>> sagotra", and the conventional usage is simply an incorrect parsing?
>> However, this would require "Visvāmitra sagotra", which one does not see.
>> Or is there something more to it than that?
>> Unquote
>> Why would someone be referred to as Viśvāmitra-gotra, but others as
>> Ātreya-sagotra or Kāśyapa-sagotra?  I will appreciate a clarification.
>> Madhav Deshpande
>> Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
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