This is an ancient concept concerning among others, the institution of marriages also. It is clearly mentioned in Atharvaveda that 'Gotra' means a group of people having blood relation.

This is an ancient concept concerning among others, the institution of marriages also. It is clearly mentioned in Atharvaveda that 'Gotra' means a group of people having blood relation.

These Gotras were named after the great Rishis of ancient times meaning thereby that those Rishis were the original founder - ancestors of those people belonging to a particular Gotra. According to Manusmriti, only the Brahmanas are concerned with Gotras, not the Kshatriyas and Vaishyas. But at the same time it is also true that the royal dynasties did have their Gotras as could be seen from the ancient literature and the inscriptions. However, according to Sanskar Kousthub and Sanskar Prakash those unaware of their Gotras should be treated as belonging to Kashyapa Gotra.

Further, according to the scriptures, marriages between those belonging to the same Gotra, should not be normally conducted.

However, many families in Uttara Kannada district are not aware of their Gotras and perhaps, because of this situation, their Bhatjis assigned them the Kashyapa Gotra. But the paradox of the whole situation is that such assignment of Kashyapa Gotra to the majority of families would ultimately render matrimonial alliances based ob Gotras impossible.

In any case, the paramount importance assigned to the institution of Kuladevata by the Kshatriya Konkan Maratha community as regards matrimonial alliances, perhaps goes to serve as the best solution under the available circumstances.