During my recent visit to Pallasana, near Palghat, I made it a point to visit Gargayswarar Temple, nearby. This is the only one of its kind for Gargay Maharishi, my Gotra too!
Gargay is a rare Gotra and the Temple is a beautiful, quiet place by the side of a Nice Tank and a Big Peepul Tree!(அரச மரம் மரங்களுக்கெல்லாம் அரசன் as it inhales max CO2 and gives out Max O2 to surroundings! See our ancestors’ Scientific designs in every aspect of Life!)
According to the Brihadaranyaka Upanisad 2.2.6, Gautama and Bharadvāja, Viśvāmitra and Jamadagni, Vashishtha and Kaśhyapa and Shandilya are seven sages (also known as saptarishi); the progeny of these seven sages are declared to be gotras. This enumeration of seven primary gotras seems to have been known to Pāṇini. The offspring (apatya) of these seven are gotras and others than these are called gotrâvayava.
There exists another theory about gotra: sons and disciples of a sage would have the same gotra; it is believed that they possess similar thought and philosophy. People of the same gotra can be found across different castes too.
Gaargya belongs to ANGIRA LINEAGE.
There are two Gaargas and one lady.
1. Men – a. Vruddha Gaargya aka Senior Garga who lived around 5,450 yearsago and as all Angiradescendants
He is an expert on AtharvaNa Veda. and also a Jyothish Scholar
b. Garga Muni , a grand son of Senior Garga did NaamakaraNam for Balaraama and Krishna ; He is a Kula Guru for Yaadavas.
2.Lady Gaargi is an ancestor of the above . She is a great vedic Scholar ,a contemporary of King Janaka.
Gaargya Gothra Rishis are : ANGIRASA , BAARHATHPASYA , BHAARADWAAJA ,
So the Lineage is BRAHMA – ANGIRA – BRUHASPATHI – BHARADWAAJA – GARGI –
GARGA Sr. –
GARGA MUNI(Jr) – SAINYA
(Tks to Respected Vedhic Scholar, Balakrishna Ramaraju who furnished me the above details in 2007 about Gargay Gotra!)
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