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Abhivadaye

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Abhivadaye gives the introduction of the boy. After reciting the Abhivadaye Mantra, he prostrates before the elders and seeks their blessings.

Abhivadanam

  1. The palms of the hands are kept near ears, the body is bent at waist level and Abhivadanam is recited.abhivaadaye (………) (……….) (………) +optionally ( ……..) (………).
    thrayarsheya or panchashreya pravaraanvita (1)
    (………..) gotraH (2)
    (………..) suutraH (3)
    (…………..) shaakhaadhyaayii (4)
    shrii (…………..) sharmaanaamaahaM asmibhoH|| (5)Note: The blanks have to be filled in – as per table below
  2. After completing the recitation, the right forehand crosses above the left forehand, and touch the feet of elders.
  3. By Abhivadanam an individual expresses his descent-namely dynastic rishis, gotra, sutra, veda, saka and name.

How to do abhivadaye – கோத்ரம் – அபிவாதி பட்டியல்

      ஸ்ரீ:
No. Gothram Rishis no.rushaya pravaram soothram & Sakhai ending.
1 Arthreya Arthreya
Archananasa
Chyavaasva
thraiyarusheya
pravaranvidha
Arthreya gothraha
Aapasthamba – Yajur
Bodayana – Yajur
Asvalayana- Rig
Dhrahyayana-Samam
saakha adhyayi
…. sarma nama
aham asmibhoho
2 Kasyapa Kasyapa
Aavathsara
Saandilya
thraiyarusheya
pravaranvidha
Kasyapa gothraha
Aapasthamba – Yajur
Bodayana – Yajur
Asvalayana- Rig
Dhrahyayana-Samam
saakha adhyayi
…. sarma nama
aham asmibhoho
3. Koundinya Vaasishta
Maithravaruna
Koundinya
thraiyarusheya
pravaranvidha
Koundinya gothraha
Aapasthamba – Yajur
Bodayana – Yajur
Asvalayana- Rig
Dhrahyayana-Samam
saakha adhyayi
…. sarma nama
aham asmibhoho
4. Kousiga Vaisvamithra
Agamarshana
Kousiga
thraiyarusheya
pravaranvidha
Kousiga gothraha
Aapasthamba – Yajur
Bodayana – Yajur
Asvalayana- Rig
Dhrahyayana-Samam
saakha adhyayi
…. sarma nama
aham asmibhoho
5. Gargeya Angirasa
Sainya
Gargeya
thraiyarusheya
pravaranvidha
Gargeya gothraha
Aapasthamba – Yajur
Bodayana – Yajur
Asvalayana- Rig
Dhrahyayana-Samam
saakha adhyayi
…. sarma nama
aham asmibhoho
6. Abhivadhaye Angirasa
Barhaspathya
Baratwaja
thraiyarusheya
pravaranvidha
Baratwaja gothraha
Aapasthamba – Yajur
Bodayana – Yajur
Asvalayana- Rig
Dhrahyayana-Samam
saakha adhyayi
…. sarma nama
aham asmibhoho
7. Nithruvakasyapa Kasyapa
Aavathsara
Nithruva
thraiyarusheya
pravaranvidha
Nithruva Kasyapa gothraha
Aapasthamba – Yajur
Bodayana – Yajur
Asvalayana- Rig
Dhrahyayana-Samam
saakha adhyayi
…. sarma nama
aham asmibhoho
8. Vaathula Bhargava
Vaithahavya
Saavedhasa
thraiyarusheya
pravaranvidha
Vathula gothraha
Aapasthamba – Yajur
Bodayana – Yajur
Asvalayana- Rig
Dhrahyayana-Samam
saakha adhyayi
…. sarma nama
aham asmibhoho
9. Shadamarshana Angirasa
Thrasathasya
Pourukuthsa
thraiyarusheya
pravaranvidha
Shadamarshana gothraha
Aapasthamba(Yajur)
Bodayana – Yajur
Asvalayana- Rig
Dhrahyayana-Samam
saakha adhyayi
…. sarma nama
aham asmibhoho
10. Haritha Angirasa
Ambarisha
Yownachva
thraiyarusheya
pravaranvidha
Haritha gothraha
Aapasthamba – Yajur
Bodayana – Yajur
Asvalayana- Rig
Dhrahyayana-Samam
saakha adhyayi
…. sarma nama
aham asmibhoho
11. Viswamithra Visvamithra
Dhevaradha
Audhala
thraiyarusheya
pravaranvidha
Viswamithra gothraha
Aapasthamba – Yajur
Bodayana – Yajur
Asvalayana- Rig
Dhrahyayana-Samam
saakha adhyayi
…. sarma nama
aham asmibhoho
12. Mouthgalya Angirasa
Baramyasva
Mouthgalya
thraiyarusheya
pravaranvidha
Mouthgalya gothraha
Aapasthamba – Yajur
Bodayana – Yajur
Asvalayana- Rig
Dhrahyayana-Samam
saakha adhyayi
…. sarma nama
aham asmibhoho
13. Sankruthi Saathya
Gowraveetha
Sankruthya
thraiyarusheya
pravaranvidha
Sankruthi gothraha
Aapasthamba – Yajur
Bodayana – Yajur
Asvalayana- Rig
Dhrahyayana-Samam
saakha adhyayi
…. sarma nama
aham asmibhoho
14. Kuthsa Angirasa
Mandhathra
Kouthsa
thraiyarusheya
pravaranvidha
Kuthsa gothraha
Aapasthamba – Yajur
Bodayana – Yajur
Asvalayana- Rig
Dhrahyayana-Samam
saakha adhyayi
…. sarma nama
aham asmibhoho
15. Kanva Angirasa
Ajameeda
Kanva
thraiyarusheya
pravaranvidha
Kanva gothraha
Aapasthamba – Yajur
Bodayana – Yajur
Asvalayana- Rig
Dhrahyayana-Samam
saakha adhyayi
…. sarma nama
aham asmibhoho
16. Parasara Vasishta
Saakthya
Parasarya
thraiyarusheya
pravaranvidha
Parasara gothraha
Aapasthamba – Yajur
Bodayana – Yajur
Asvalayana- Rig
Dhrahyayana-Samam
saakha adhyayi
…. sarma nama
aham asmibhoho
17. Badharayana Angirasa
Barshadhasva
Raadeethara
thraiyarusheya
pravaranvidha
Badharayana gothraha
Aapasthamba – Yajur
Bodayana – Yajur
Asvalayana- Rig
Dhrahyayana-Samam
saakha adhyayi
…. sarma nama
aham asmibhoho
18. Agasthya Agasthya
Thartyachudha
Sowmavaha
thraiyarusheya
pravaranvidha
Agasthya gothraha
Aapasthamba – Yajur
Bodayana – Yajur
Asvalayana- Rig
Dhrahyayana-Samam
saakha adhyayi
…. sarma nama
aham asmibhoho
19. Srivathsa Bhargava
Chyavana
Apnavana
Aurva
Jamadhaknya
pancharusheya
pravaranvidha
Srivathsa gothraha
Aapasthamba – Yajur
Bodayana – Yajur
Asvalayana- Rig
Dhrahyayana-Samam
saakha adhyayi
…. sarma nama
aham asmibhoho
20. Saandilya Kasyapa
Aavathsara
Nithruva
Repa
Raipa
Soundilya
Saandilya
saptharusheya
pravaranvidha
Sandilya gothraha
Aapasthamba – Yajur
Bodayana – Yajur
Asvalayana- Rig
Dhrahyayana-Samam
saakha adhyayi
…. sarma nama
aham asmibhoho

Tabulation thanks to: Sri NVS Srinivasan Swami

Additional Notes:

  1. Pravaram means enumeration of sages from whom the individual has descended. It is linked with (2) “Gotra”

Gotra Pravanam (Sages)
Bharadwaja Angirasa, Barahspatya, Bharadwaja
Atreya Atreya, Archanansa, Syavasva
Vadula Bhargava, Vaithahavya, Savedesa
Srivatsa Bhargava, Shyavana, Aplavana, Aurava, Jamadagnya
Kausika Visvamitra, Agamarsana, Kausika
Kaundinya Vasista, Maitravaruna, Kaundinya
Harita Angirasa, Ambarisa, Yuvanashva
Kashyapa Kashyapa, Avatsara, Daivala
Naidruva-Kashyapa Kashyapa, Avatsara, Naidruva
Satmarshana Angirasa, Paurukutsa, Trasatasya
Gargi a) Angirasa, Barahaspatya, Bharadwaja, Sainya, Gargya or b) Angirasa, Sainya, Gargya
Viswamitra Viswamitra, Devaratha, Audala
Moudgalya a)Angirasa, Pharamsva, Moudgalya
b)Dharkhya, Pharamsva, Moudgalya
c)Angirasa, Davya, Moudgalya
Sandilya a)Kashyapa, Avatsava, Sandilya
b)Kashyapa, Avatsava, Daivala
c)Kashyapa, Mantatra, Naidruva, Repa, Raipa, Saundilya, Sandilya
Kutsa Angirasa, Mantatra, Kutsa
Kanwa a)Angirasa, Ajamilana, Kanwa
b)Angirasa, Gaura, Kanwa
Parasara Vashista, Shaktya, Parasara
Badarayana Angirasa, Barahaspatya, Ratra
Agastya Agastya, Dardyayuda, Saumavah
Gautama Angirasa, Aayasya, Gautama

  1. Sutra – This indicates the manner of performing rituals, the various sutras are
    Rig Veda – a) Asvalayana sutra  b) Katyayana sutra
    Yajur Veda – a) Apastamba sutra  b) Bodhyana sutra
    Sama Veda – a) Drahyana sutra  b) Ranananyani sutra
  2. Sakas indicate the branch of the veda – viz. Rig, Yajur or Sama
  3. Name – In case of brahmin the name ends with “Sharma”; for Kshatriya the name ends with “Verma”; for Vaishya the name ends with “Gupta”.

Abhivadanam is not done when saluting God, Sanyasins or a ghosti (group of persons).

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  1. Lakshmisha says:

    This is really good and nice.

  2. Swami,

    The first column of the 6t row in the Gothra table says “Abhivadaye”. Am I missing something here? I was expecting to see “Bharadwajasa” in this cell. Or is there something more I need to know?

  3. Rajagopalan says:

    I dont know much about all these nithya karmas. This website is really useful to me especially coz am newly wed and i am starting to use this. excellent job. I had a doubt in abhivadanam. While telling the sootras for ex. i am Yajur veda, shud we tell both Apasthampa Soothra and Bhodhayana Soothraa or one. if one how to choose which one. My husband doesnt know much abt this. i hope u can guide me.

  4. You only have one sutra. Most south indian brahmins, especially iyengars (basing on your name) are of apasthamba sutra.
    Adiyen

  5. Anand S says:

    In the Sutra list, you have given Aapasthamba and Bodhayana. There is another Suthra named “Sri Vaikanasa Sutra” – thousands of people follow this sutra. They are families of Archakas of famous temples like Tirumala, Thiruvallikeni, ThirumalirunCholai, Sri villiputhur, Gunaseelam and so on. You can add that Sutra also for benefit of posterity.

    This page is very good and useful for youth.

  6. Gopal Iyer says:

    Informative page. How do you find out which sutra to use. I know Shatamarshana.Brihacharanam as my gothram. Not sure which sutra my ancestors used for rituals. Any way to find out? Also, what are the first three ellipses for?

    • Sudharsan says:

      Maybe in some cases, but mine is not the same, I am a Madhwa(Kannada) from Viswamithra gotra and my list is completely different

  7. will the respective abhivadya be the same for evrybody who belongs to a particular gotra irrespective of sect ??? I mean a tamil iyengar from srivatsa gothram and a trlugu or kannada iyer from srivathsa gothram have same aphivadhya????

  8. Dear Sirs, really very informative site. I am from kabikasika gothram. I am finding abivadhya from many people. but still I am not getting correct answer from anybody. can you please send me abivadhya for Kabikasika Gothram please I will be very thank ful for you sir.

  9. Radha Krishnan says:

    Please advise if Kashyapa gothram and Naidruva Kashpyapa are two different gothrams or are they same

  10. suresh kamle says:

    My father(who has expired already) said our Gotra is vaasith and pravar is two,but according to list vaasisth is tryarshey(Vasisth,Kaundinya,Maitravaruni).I am Maharashtriyan Rigvedi brahmin.Please guide me what is correct.

  11. Dear Sirs
    Very informative and educational page. Thanx a lot

  12. I belong to Badarayana gothra and I am from Kumbakonam.Our
    Abhivadanam differs from the one mentioned in this page.Our
    Abhivadanam :
    Abhivadaye! Angirasa, Paurakutsa, Trasadasya, thraya Rishayah pravaranvita, Badarayana (Shatamarshana) gotrah, Apastambha sutrah, Yajushhakadhyayi, (…….. sharma)nama aham asmi bhOh.
    But,this version of abhivadanam (according to this page and many other pages) is associated with Satmarshana
    gothra.
    Another web page(link below):
    http://sreeramakshetram.net/gothram.html
    claims that both are the gotras.
    can anyone pls explain me about this and resolve this controversy.
    //I am 19 and interested to know about my (so called)ancestry.It will be of great help to me so that I
    can answer the questions regarding my gothra to my
    descendants(if I have any) in the future.//

  13. Ramesh says:

    Dear Sirs,
    Thanks for the wealth of information given.
    Regards

  14. Dear Sir, you have mentioned Abhivadhayam should not be done for God – but during Sandhya Vandanam, after the kamokarshat manurakarishat namo namaha – we do a sashtanga namaskaram and do an abhivadhayam. So, which one is correct – should one do Abivadhayam or not after Sandhi? – by the way Sandhi is the only way, one can remember abhivadhayam.

  15. P S Kulkarni says:

    very useful information. But wonder no gothras under the kathayna sutras of Rigveda

  16. I want to subscribe to this wonderful magazine in English version. Please advise as to how I do this ?

  17. Srikanth says:

    Swami,
    Could also elaborate on why “Abhivadanam is not done when saluting God, Sanyasins or a ghosti (group of persons).”?

    In one of the upanayasams, I have hear that while saluting “God” it is not required since HE already is aware of our lineage.
    So have doubt if “Abhivadaye” is required when saluting elders who are aware of the lineage.

  18. GURURAJAN says:

    I AM MADHVA KANNADA HAILS FROM KUMBAKONAM, THE GREAT VEDIC PLACE. i WANT COMPLETE VERSION “ABHIVADE” MY
    GOTHRAM : MOWNABHARGAVA GOTHRAM
    VEDA : RIGVEDA
    PLEASE HELP ME AND SEND ME THE COMPLETE RECITAL OF ABHIVADE
    THROUGH MY EMAIL ADDRESS

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