- a Hindu clan tracing its paternal lineage from a common ancestor, usually a saint or sage.
Origin of gotra
Borrowed into English from Sanskrit around 1875–80
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Examples from the Web for gotra
At weddings the Bhainas have a ceremony known as the gotra worship.
This was the name of his gotra or gens and roughly corresponds to a surname, being less comprehensive than the clan name Skya.Hinduism and Buddhism, Vol I. (of 3)
(g) Gotra produces the idea of noble and ignoble, as the potter fashions his pots.The Sarva-Darsana-Samgraha
He mentions also his own proper name and his gotra, which is always the name of some rishi or saint.Phallic Miscellanies
Marriage within the section or gotra is prohibited, but first cousins may intermarry.