History of India,as I have been finding,is quite ancient and when one checks it,date of Indian history is constantly pushed back by centuries.
There are many avenues to explore it’s antiquity.
Historical references in Indian and Foreign Literature,Indian Piranhas,Ithihasas(Ramayana and Mahabharata), Cultural links with tribes of the world, Etymology Astronomical dating,Legends verified by archeological findings and through the groups in India,who are classified based on their dispositions and Character.
One such factor is the study of Gotra system,the Indian system of tracing one’s roots.
I have written on the Gotras of Brahmins, Kshatriyas and Vaisyas, providing details about their origin and geological area where they had come from
When the history is ancient and one is unable to trace it for want of Knowledge of Indian texts,it was easy to dismiss facts as myths and bring in a theory like Aryan Invasion theory which stands discredited now.
In the process of unearthing the details of Gotras,I have come across instances where I could not get information on some Gotras and their Group details.
And their geographical locations.
I have been updating information as and and when I find information relating to the missing Gotras.
One such is Alampayana Gotra.
One reader wrote to me that he,with great difficulty, was able to find the Alambayana Gotta,which was misspelt.
He also wanted a clarification whether it was a Kshatriya Gotra.
I found some interesting information.
The Alambayana Gotra is a Brahmin Gotra.
Sometimes,as the group is determined by profession, disposition and character,the group name changes when one changes any of the attributes mentioned above undergoes Change.
Such is the case with Alampayana Gotra.
Though it is a Brahmin Gotra,it might have been modified as a Kshatriya Gotra because of change in Profession.
Viswamitra Gotra is a Brahmin Gotra .
But when Viswamitra became a Rajarishi and gave the Gayatri Mantra to the world his Gotra became Brahmin.
His initial Gotra,Kaushika,was a Kshatriya Gotra as he was a king before he became a Rishi.
The Alampayana Gotra was mentioned by Varma Dynasty of Bengal,Assam.
And they date back to 350-600 AD!
And one may also note from the plates that how each Gotra was assigned based on the part of Vedas one followed.
Kamrupi Brahmins were prosperous during the Varman dynasty‘s reign of Kamarupa. The Kamrupi king Bhaskaravarman regularly gave land grants to the Kamrupi Brahmins. With these land grants they were also given copper plates grants.A portion of the copper-plate grant of Bhaskaravarman states: Rigvedic, Samavedic and Yajurvedic Brahmins lived in Kamarupa before the time of Bhaskaravarman.Of these three classes of Brahmins the followers of the Bahvrichya branch of the Rigveda were divided into the gotras of: – Kasyapa, – Kausika, – Gautama, – Parasarya, – Bharadvaja, – Varaha, – Vatsya, – Varhaspatya and – Saunaka ; Of those following the Chhandoga branch of the Samaveda belonged to the gotras of : – Paskalya The followers of the Taittiriya branch of the Yajurveda belonged to the gotra of: – Kasyapa And those of the Charaka branch to the gotra of: – Katyayana ; The followers of the Vajasaneya branch belonged to the gotras of: – Angirasa, – Alambayana, – Gargya, – Gautama, – Bharadvaja, – Yaska, – Sakatayana, and – Salankayana besides the six gotras mentioned before.In all these three groups of Brahmanas living in Kamarupa had 26 gotras at the time of their greatest power and standing. In later ages any traces of the Samavedic and Rigvedic Brahmanas disappeared .’
‘The Varman dynasty (350-650) is the first historical dynasty of the Kamarupa kingdom. It was established by Pushyavarman, a contemporary of Samudragupta
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