On the other hand are those who want to follow Hinduism but do not know except what is being practiced at home and they never questioned because they thought it was blasphemy.It is not
I am pilloried by secular Historians as Being Right, while the traditionalists challenge me for being Liberal and not presenting Vedas in the proper light.
Though Hinduism insists that one has to study the Vedas, the Scripture of Hindus, people often do not do so, confused as they are with the dictum that Guru should be obeyed.
The problem is that Guru is different from Acharya, Upadhyaya.
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Each gotra takes the name of a famousRishi or sage.
Gotra is a concept of patrilineal classification, which identifies the families of a caste.
The original rishis after whom the gotras were named were just Seven in number .
Gotras were further subdivided into ganas and sub ganas.
Another concept is that of Pravar Rishis who were a few of the most learned and capable sages belonging to that gotra.
Each Brahmin was thus known by his gotra, pravar, sutra and shakha.
There are exceptions to the rule too. For example the descendents of Maharishis Bhrigu and Angirasa cannot marry, because of the same Pravara Rishis, which are common to the two individuals.
The weddings in India are fixed as per the Gotra of the bride and groom.
Gotra matching is one of the most important concerns in North indian Hindu matrimony.
Wedding in similar Gotra is strictly prohibited.
A Gotra has three Rishis.
This indicates the fact some of the Rishis had more than one wife, at different times , for example Pa