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Hinduism - Who Was Bharadvaja (2)?




Bharadvaja (2) (about 5th century B.C.E.). 



A religious scholar has been identified as the author of the Shrauta Sutra (a handbook of Vedic ritual prescriptions) and the Grhya Sutra (a manual of Vedic ritual prescriptions) (manual on domestic rites). 


  • His reign is unknown, although it must have been before Panini, since this grammarian mentions Bharadvaja in the Ashtadhyayi. 
  • Given their desire to enhance the authority of their holy scriptures, many Hindus associate this author with the mythical sage Bharadvaja, despite the lack of concrete proof.



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Hinduism - Who Is Bharadvaja?

 






Bharadvaja is a prominent ascetic and sage in the Ramayana, the first of the two major Hindu epics. 





His ashram, or home, is in Chitrakut, which is today a town in Uttar Pradesh's southeastern region, although the epic depicts it as a woodland hermitage. 


  • When Rama, Sita, and Lakshmana are about to go on their fourteen-year exile, they visit Bharadvaja to seek his blessings (ashirvad). 
  • Bharadvaja is one of the seven exogamous gotra (lineages) whose names are Kashyapa, Bhrgu, Vasishtha, Gautama, Atri, and Vishvamitra in a larger mythical setting. 



All brahmins are said to be descended from these seven sages, with each family's progenitor's name serving as its gotra name. 


  • These gotra divides are still significant in contemporary times, since marriage within the bloodline is prohibited. 
  • The bride takes her husband's gotra as part of her new identity after her marriage. 
  • Prohibitions against marriage may also be found here.



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