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By Swami Harshananda

Sagotra literally means ‘of the same gotra or lineage’.

The words gotra and pravara have been used extensively in the works of smṛtis and dharmaśāstras. Sagotra means a person belonging to the same gotra. Marriages between persons of the same gotra have been prohibited.


  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore