Brahmins History

Definition of Brahmin

Brahmins are said to occupy the highest position among the four varnas of Hinduism. The word brahmin is come form of the Sanskrit word Brāhmana; (Brahman also refers to the supreme self in Hinduism).
It is a misconception that brahmins are only priests.Only a subsect of brahmins were involved in the priestly duties. They also took up various other professions since late vedic ages like doctors, warriors, writers, poets, land owners, ministers, etc.
Parts of India were also ruled by Brahmin Kings. From Vedic times on, the Kings acted in close relationship with Brahmins and relied on them as their advisors, the Brahmins had become a powerful and influential group in India, and were known for discriminating against 'lower' castes.

Brahmin History

The history of the Brahmin community in India begins with the Vedic religion of early Hinduism, now often referred to by Hindus as Sanatan Dharm.The Vedas are the primary source of knowledge for brahmin practices. Most sampradayas of Brahmins take inspiration from the Vedas.
In 1931 (the last Indian census to record caste), Brahmins accounted for 4.32% of the total population. Brahmins even in Uttar Pradesh, where they were most numerous, constituted just 12% of the recorded population. In Andhra Pradesh, they formed less than 6%,Tamil Nadu they formed less than 3% and in Karnataka, less than 2%. In Kerala, Nambudiri Brahmins make up 0.7% of the population.

Definition of Brahmin

The Brahmin castes may be broadly divided into two regional groups: 1.)Pancha-Gauda Brahmins and 2.) Pancha-Dravida Brahmins from South of Vindhya mountains as per the shloka, however this sloka is from Rajatarangini of Kalhana which is composed only in 11th CE.
Pancha Gauda Brahmins(Panch Gaur) : (1) Saraswat, (2) Kanyakubja, (3) Maithil Brahmins, (4) Gauda brahmins, and (5)Utkala Brahmins . In addition, for the purpose of giving an account of Northern Brahmins each of the provinces must be considered separately, such as, Kashmir, Nepal, Uttarakhand, Himachal, Kurukshetra, Rajputana, Uttar Pradesh, Ayodhya (Oudh), Gandhar, Punjab, North Western Provinces and Pakistan, Sindh, Central India, Trihoot, Bihar, Orissa, Bengal, Assam, etc. The originate from south of the (now-extinct) Saraswati River.
Pancha Dravida Brahmins Paara Thrivikraman Namboothiri, Head Priest of Guruvayoor Temple in Kerala, 1960's Panch Dravida : 1) Andhra, 2) Dravida, 3) Karnataka, 4) Maharashtra and Konkon, and 5) Gujarat.

Brahmin Gotra List

  • Agastya
  • Atreyasa
  • Ahabhunasa
  • Babhravya
  • Bharadwaja
  • Bhakdi
  • Bhaskara
  • Chandilya
  • Charora
  • Chikitasa
  • Chyavana
  • Dalabhya
  • Darbhas
  • Dhananjaya
  • Garga
  • Gautamasa
  • Gaubhilya
  • Haritasa
  • Jatukarna
  • Kanva
  • Kaushikasa
  • Kapi
  • Kapil
  • Kaundinyasa
  • Kushal
  • Koushik
  • Kavist
  • Lakhi
  • Mandavya
  • Moudgil
  • Mudgal
  • Naidhruva
  • Parashara
  • Parthivasa
  • Purang
  • Rohinya
  • Sangar
  • Sankrityayan
  • Sanas
  • Sandilyasa
  • Saawarna
  • Savita
  • Soral
  • Surya
  • Vadula
  • Valmiki
  • Vatsa
  • Vishnu
  • Utsasya

Definition of Brahmin

During the history of politics and the Indian independence movement Mangal Pandey, Nana Sahib Peshwa, Rani Laxmibai Tatya Tope, Baikuntha Shukla, Chandrashekar Azad,and others were at the forefront of the struggle for freedom and later Indian politics. Shree Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India and Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan, the first Vice President of India, were coming from Brahmins Community. Shree Indira Gandhi, Morarji Desai, P.V. Narasimha Rao and Atal Behari Vajpayee were also coming from Brahmin Community.
In sports,Sachin Tendulkar, Sunil Gavaskar, Ravi Shastri, Saurav Ganguly, Anil Kumble, Rohit Sharma,Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman, and many more the world chess champion Vishwanathan Anand.All are Brahmins.
Brahmin saints include Adi Shankaracharya, Dnyaneshwar, A.C.Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Ramakrishna Paramhansa, and Ramana Maharshi. Modern business leaders founder of Infosys, N.R.Narayana Murthy, Several notable names in Indian classical music belong to the Brahmin community, such as Bhimsen Joshi, Pandit Ravi Shankar, M. S. Subbulakshmi, Veena Doreswamy Iyengar, Mangalampalli Balamurali Krishna (popularly Dr. Balamurali Krishna), Pandit Jasraj, Shivkumar Sharma etc. All are Brahmins.

Famous Brahmin Personality

Adi Shankara was an Indian philosopher who consolidated the doctrine of Advaita Vedanta, a sub-school of Vedanta. His teachings are based on the unity of the soul and Brahman, in which Brahman is viewed as without attributes.
Anil Kumble is a former Indian cricketer. He is a right-arm leg spin bowler and a right-hand batsman. He is currently the leading wicket-taker for India in both Test and One Day International matches. At present he is the third highest wicket-taker in Test cricket and one of only three bowlers to have taken more than 600 Test wickets.
Atal Bihari Vajpayee is an Indian statesman, who served as the eleventh Prime Minister of India. After a brief stint as Prime Minister in 1996, Vajpayee headed a coalition government from March 19, 1998 until May 19, 2004. He served as a Member of Parliament (MP) from Lucknow until 2009, and has since retired from active politics.
Chandrashekhar Sitaram Tiwari, better known as Chandrasekhar Azad is one of the most important Indian revolutionaries, and is considered the mentor of Bhagat Singh.
Sourav Chandidas Ganguly is a former Indian cricketer, and captain of the Indian national team. Born into an affluent family, Ganguly was introduced into the world of cricket by his elder brother Snehashish. He started his career by playing in state and school teams. Although his playmanship was appreciated, he was only mildly successful and was condemned as being arrogant.
Jawaharlal Nehru was an Indian statesman who was the first, and is to date the longest-serving, prime minister of India, having served from 1947 until 1964. A leading figure in the Indian independence movement, Nehru was elected by the Congress party to assume office as independent India's first Prime Minister, and later when the Congress won India's first general election in 1952. As one of the founders of the Non-aligned Movement, he was also an important figure in the international politics of the post-war era. He is frequently referred to as Pandit Nehru ("pandit" meaning 'scholar' or 'teacher') and, specifically in India, as Panditji.
Mangal Pandey was a sepoy (soldier) in the 34th Regiment of the Bengal Native Infantry (BNI) of the English East India Company. He is widely seen in India as one of its first freedom fighters. The Indian government has issued postage stamps commemorating him as freedom fighter and his life and actions have been adapted to the silver screen.
Morarji Ranchhodji Desai was an Indian independence activist and the Prime Minister of India from 1977-79. He was the first Indian Prime Minister who did not belong to the Indian National Congress. He is the only Indian to receive the highest civilian awards from both India and Pakistan, the Bharat Ratna and Nishaan-e-Pakistan.
Nagavara Ramarao Narayana Murthy better known as N. R. Narayana Murthy, is an Indian industrialist, software engineer and the founder of Infosys Technologies, a global consulting and IT services company based in India.
Pamulaparthi Venkata Narasimha Raowho was commonly known as P. V. Narasimha Rao, served as the 10th Prime Minister of the Republic of India.
Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar is an Indian cricketer widely regarded as one of the greatest batsmen in the history of cricket. He is the leading run-scorer and century maker in Test and One Day International cricket.Tendulkar was the only player of the current generation to be included in Bradman's Eleven.He is sometimes referred to as Little Master or Master Blaster.
Sunil Manohar Gavaskar is a former cricketer who played during the 1970s and 1980s for Bombay and India. Widely regarded as one of the greatest opening batsmen in test match history, Gavaskar set world records during his career for the most runs and most centuries scored by any batsman. He held the record of 34 Test centuries for almost two decades before.
Pandurang Shastri also known as ‘Dada-ji’ which literally translates as elder brother in Marathi, was a Indian philosopher, spiritual leader, social reformer and Hinduism reformist, who founded the Swadhyay Movement and the Swadhyay Parivar organization (Swadhyay Family) in 1954, a self-knowledge movement based on the Bhagavad Gita, which has spread across nearly 100,000 villages in India, with over 5 million members. He was also noted for his discourses or "pravachans" on Srimad Bhagawad Gita and Upanishads.
Narshin Mehta - Based on the historical and literary traces it can be said surely that Narsinh was born in Talaja, Bhavnagar District of Saurashtra, in Nagar community. Narsinh Mehta also known as Narsi Mehta or Narsi Bhagat was a poet-saint of Gujarat, India, notable as a bhakt, an exponent of Hindu devotional religious poetry. He is especially revered in Gujarat, where he is acclaimed as its Adi Kavi. His bhajan "Vaishnav Jan To Tene Re Kahiye..." is Mahatma Gandhi's favorite and has become synonymous to him.
Veer Savarkar was an Indian revolutionary and politician, who is credited with developing the Hindu nationalist political ideology Hindutva. He is considered to be the central icon of modern Hindu nationalist political parties. Rightwing historians tag him as Indian Independence Movement activist.
Sudama Sudama was from a poor Brahmin family, while Krishna was from the royal family. But this difference in social status did not come in the way of their friendship. They lost contact over the years and while Krishna became a military leader and King of great repute at Dwaraka, while Sudama stayed as a humble, and somewhat impoverished Brahmin living in a village.
Lata Mangeshkar is a singer from India. She is one of the best-known playback singers in the Hindi film industry. Mangeshkar's career started in 1942 and has spanned over six and a half decades. She sang in over a thousand Bollywood movies and has sung songs in over twenty regional Indian languages, but primarily in Hindi. She is the elder sister of the equally accomplished singer Asha Bhosle and lesser-known singers, brother Hridayanath Mangeshkar and sisters Usha Mangeshkar and Meena Mangeshkar. Lata is the second vocalist ever to have received the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian honour.Mangeshkar was featured in the Guinness Book of World Records from 1974 to 1991 for having made the most recordings in the world.


  1. Lata Mangeshkar may not be a Brahmin.
    She is a Gomantak Maratha just like Kishori Amonkar.

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    2. Lata mangeshkar is bramhin.Sarasvat Brahmin.From Goa,Mageshi.

  2. lata didi is maratha and so is ashaji

  3. Dear allBrahmin friends

    pls like my page Intellectual Voters of brahmin community on fb and share ur thoughts

  4. Good, Also Please Kindly Give your survey of Poor Brahmins finding difficulties to run day to day life in India.

  5. So much pleased and engulfed by the deep down emotions and respect to all the blood hoods which now I am experiencing,..............just BEAUTIFUL, own so much of reverent, cachet, and prestige towards those of cause us to be the most admired ones with their great dedications to the country and even whole of universe. Har har maha dev!!

  6. All of you Brahmins are Bastards and Prostitutes. So die yourself. Then world will be safe.

    Sivakumar V. Obili
    President of the World

    1. 'Open your mouth and I shall tell you your culture' - An old saying. Fits well for Sivakumar V Obili. By the way, we know our ancestors for the last 5000 years. How many do you know?

    2. right saying harsha. siva is a bastard and his wife is a prostitute. even being a christian i know brahmin is not a caste but a culture

    3. he calls himself president of the world ???!!! may be fools president of the world !!!

    4. People like siva only manage to expose their animal mindset by way of this moral diarrohea. This only goes to prove their inferiority complex. Let him point out a single caste in this country which talks of caste free society.

    5. Well ! none of you are brahmin , caste doesn't make you a brahmin, brahmin means " knowledge" . the you guys reacted at his comment proves you guys are not brahmin. brahmin is known for his sacrifices , brahmin never reacts on abuses , they try to find why it is so.

    6. You must definitely belong to a family who doesn't know their own forefathers. Definitely a mixed breed with blood from every community...Ask your mother, who all have had fucked her which resulted in an a**hole like you...Go look for you existence first shithole....People belonging to the category, who don't even know their real fathers can only deliver shit whenever they upon their mouth...(jab bhi bolega, bas hagega hi g**ndul)...baap ka naam pata kar le phle...

    7. SIVA, tere andar apne baap k SIVA sabhi ka kho*n hoga, & this would be 1000% truth behind ur birth...haha... Read above dumba*s, brahmins are everywhere..His din bhi hamari khopadi ghoomi na, toh bete Hindustan ka naksha hi badal denge...N chhote logo k na him moo lagte hain, na hi ga**uo ki tarah Quote ki bheekh mangte hain...tumhari existence ka hi nahi pata isliye quota de dete hain tumhe...samjha bete...n, him lene par jaayen na, toh hamare SIVA aur koi hoga bhi nahi kisi bhi post par...Nang Bada Parmeshwar...Is line ka matlab pata kar le ja kar kisi se...jaan jaayega apni aukaat aur position...tera world shayad tera only tera hi ghar hai...hahaha...woh bhi rented hi hoga, ya phir shayad, jugaad karke illegal construct hoga...demolition ka wait kar, tera world bhi sadak par hoga...

  7. bhramins must be provided superiority and must counted in minority and government must provide reservation in every field

  8. bhramins must be provided superiority and must counted in minority and government must provide reservation in every field

  9. Sir Where is Kashayapa gothra in that list?

  10. Yes you are absolutely right suman kashyapa gothra is missing in the list even i too was confused when i saw the list

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  12. what about chittapavan or konkanasta brahmins of maharashtra?

  13. Many other gotra is missing in the list

  14. where is Vasista Gothra ???????

  15. where is Vasista Gothra ???????

  16. Can some one tell me about gotra DHHIGARRA in brahmins . who is their kuldevi and where they belong to

  17. Joshi & DAKAUT Brahman are same linega .They both are Shukracharyavansaj and Maharishi BHIRGU Ji linage.

  18. Joshi & DAKAUT Brahman are same linega .They both are Shukracharyavansaj and Maharishi BHIRGU Ji linage.





  23. नेहरु ब्राह्मण नहीं था

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  25. wher is the Vashistha gotra on your list ?

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  27. Iam feeling so much proud and delightful to become an indian brahmin ,thanks a lot from the bottom of my heart to all our legendries through which we never feels morase. through them we feels awesome ,heads of to all of them who construct or gave a better dignity of india

  28. hi dear friends we rule the world shortly

  29. I am proud of being a Brahman. I prefer Brahman's unity. All Brahmans should be reunited into one for the sake of good of our society.

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    1. What is SC ST , there is no such gothra

    2. SC, ST....They are SHUDRAS...It's a pity on the corrupt political system that, stupid & uneducated ones like them, with unknown blood lines, who are only good for nothing but, only to collect garbage & the waste things (kooda), have been given importance by sick people in politics only for the money. They are worst than the beggars who just seek for quota because of politics. Look into history, you will get to know that they shouldn't even open up their dumb mouths. Maya type of leaders ruined the country. A bitch indeed, who taught lesson by Sing & others, when they pick up her to their place & torn the clothes of the filthy lady who was flying like a queen. They showed her the reality & what can b done if in need. Stupid, uneducated wh**e, building elepahnats & parks, during the time when we should build IT PARKS....

  32. As my friends above noted that vashishta , bhargava gotras are missing so is IYEr gotra too..
    Can some tell me iyer gotra or tamil brahmins were later brahmanized as brahmanism first emerged in north india and later spread to south and
    all over?

  33. Brahmins are generally intellectually superior.Great strategists.They are able administrators,culturally evolved. Great enthusiasts of fine arts. Equally strong to lead the war fare. Advisers. I think modern India has misconceptions of this race.People are brainwashed that Brahmins have created untouchability etc.Brahmins might have advised precautions to prevent spreading of diseases and to prevent contamination of food and drinking water by various vectors.
    Now Brahmins in many geographies in India are the most under peivileged. People spread hatred towards Brahmin community. Brahmons are mostly migrating to other countries seeking respect to their education, research and hard work. There is no respect for Intellect. Everyone likes to belong to Backward castes. Widespread hatred against Brahmins is reflected in every sphere. Now Brahmins rarely found to have good wealth, or comfortable life style.They are diminishing. They don't get help.After some decades we may not find this rae at all in India.They may go away to placees where they can draw respect and find opportunities to study and pursue career.Countable people may be here, but they suffer. Others have developed serious ill feelings, though Brahmins are basically peace makers, non violent and more compassionate...yet India is not the right place for such good qualities.

  34. there are also other famous brahmin personalities such as
    1. Srinivasa ramanujam - mathematical genius
    2. Aryabhatta - astronomer
    3. Baji rao peshwa - warrior general
    4. Sundar picahi - google
    5. raghuram rajan - RBI governor
    6. ramanatha krishnan - tennis player
    7. ravichandran ashwin - cricket spin bowler
    8. venkatesh prasad - medium pace bowler cricket
    9. javagal srinath - pace bowler cricket
    10. Sir .C.V. raman - chemists
    11. Visveshwaraya - engineer
    12. madhwacharya - founder of madhwa sect
    13. Sri ramanujacharya - founder of Sri vaishnavism in south india
    14. Sri Raghavendraswami - Spiritual Madhwa saint
    15. Bal gangadhar tilak - freedom fighter
    16. Kanchi paramacharya - spirutal guru and saint