Gotama

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By Swami Harshananda

In Ṛgveda

Gotama is a sage mentioned in the Ṛgveda several times,[1] but not as the seer[2] of mantras. He was closely connected with the Aṅgirasas.[3] His patronymic was Rāhugaṇa.[4]

In Śatapatha Brāhmana

The Śatapatha Brāhmana[5] says he was the purohita (family priest) of Māthva Videgha and a bearer of Vedic civilization.

In Atharvaveda

Gotama also finds a place in the Atharvaveda.[6] Vāma-deva and Nodhas were his sons. He is considered as one of the original sages who started the gotra tradition.


References

  1. Ṛgveda 1.62.13; 1.78.2; 4.4.11
  2. Seer means draṣṭā.
  3. Aṅgirasas are the descendant of Aṅgiras.
  4. Rāhugaṇa was the descendant of Rahugaṇa.
  5. Śatapatha Brāhmana 1.4.1.10
  6. Atharvaveda 4.29.6
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore