Pravara

In daily worship or sandhyavandanam or bowing to elders or performing any vedic-ritual, one mentions not only the name of the specific founder of one’s Gotra and the Rishi who founded it but also the Pravara consisting of a group of Rishis who constitute a triumvirate (3) or pentagon (5) of remote ancestors of one’s family.  This is chanted to extoll one’s ancestry and prcolaiming, as a descendant of worthy ancesstors, one is eligible to perform the said act.

chatussAgara paryantam gobrAhmaNebhyaH shubhaM bhavatu AngIrasa bhAradvAja gArgya shainya chaturRishayoH pravarAnvita gargya bhAradvaja gotraH Apastamba sUtraH Yajurvedaamnaya TaiTreeya shAkhAdhAyI shrI rAma sharmaH ahaM bhoH AbhivAdaye

चतुस्सागरः पर्यन्त गो ब्राह्मणेभ्य शुभं भवतु आङ्गिरस भारद्वाज गार्ग्य शैन्य चतुर्ऋषयः प्रवरान्वित गार्ग्य भारद्वाज गोत्र आपस्तम्ब सूत्र यजुर्वेदाम्नाय तैत्तिरीय शाखाध्यायि श्री राम शर्मा अहं भोः अभिवादये

ಚತುಸ್ಸಾಗರ ಪರ್ಯಂತಮ್ ಗೊಬ್ರಾಹ್ಮಣೆಭ್ಯಃ ಶುಭಂ ಭವತು ಆಂಗೀರಸ ಭಾರದ್ವಾಜ ಗಾರ್ಗ್ಯ ಶೈನ್ಯ ಚತುರಿಶಯೊಃ ಪ್ರವರಾನ್ವಿತ ಗರ್ಗ್ಯ ಭಾರದ್ವಜ ಗೊತ್ರಃ ಆಪಸ್ತಮ್ಬ ಸೂತ್ರಃ ಯಜುರ್ವೆದಾಮ್ನಯ ತೈತ್ರೀಯ ಶಾಖಾಧಾಯೀ ಶ್ರೀ ರಾಮ ಶರ್ಮಃ ಅಹಂ ಭೊಃ ಆಭಿವಾದಯೆ

Explanation of the example

May all the cows and Brahmanas across the four seas be blessed, chanting the names and number of the main rishis to whose lineage the person belongs, chanting the gotra of the person,  the sutra that the person follows, the vedashaka that the person belongs to, and finally the  name of the person.

There is a distinct pravara for each gotra, which all persons of that gotra chant. Click here to get the list of Pravara.

7 Responses to “Pravara”

  1. Rachoori Raghavendra Rao Says:

    Our gotra Kaasyapa – Saptarsheya is not appearing in the list.

    • Upendran Boovaraha Says:

      Can you please share the complete pravara. I will add it to the list.

      • Rachoori Raghavendra Rao Says:

        Kashyapa Aavatsaara Naidhruva Rebha Raibhya Sandila Sandilya saptarshaya pravaranvita kasyapasya gotra – Aashwalaayana sootra – Rgvedayaji — This is the pravara

  2. prasad Says:

    Hi Vishwamitra pravara does not include in the list. please give complete pravar sholka

    • Upendran Boovaraha Says:

      Devashrava, Devarata and Vishvamitra;
      Vishwamitra, Dhananjaya and Madhucchandasa;
      Viswamitra, Madhucchandasa and Aghamarshana;
      Vishwamitra, Aramarathya and Vajjuli;
      Viswamitra, Lohita, Ashtaka / Purana;
      Runavaan, Gatina and Vishwamitra;
      Khilikhili, Vidya and Vishwamitra:

  3. sharada Says:

    Your efforts of collecting Gothra Sanghra is good. But some of the gothra is missing…for example, Kaushika Vishwamithra, Poothamanasa….etc. Also please try to give light on Soothras ( apasthamba, Ashrvalayana soothra. etc.,) how it is connected to each Veda?


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