Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Nair Gotra : Lineage

Hi Nair Friends,

Source :

Vansh/Dynasty : Nagavanshi
Gotra : Kashyapa
Caste : Kshatriya

The Nair Clans of Kerala and Bunts of tulu nadu are the indigenous descendants of Anantha also these regions include the Nagavanshi clans who migrated from North India associated with the events as Sarpasatram. The Nairs were organized into various martial clans like Nambiar and Kiryathil Nair. Currently, warrior Sections of the Nair (Malayala Kshatriya) caste and Bunts of Tulu nadu claim descent from the Nagvanshi dynasty. The Nagavanshi are the known as the Serpent Dynasty.

Nāgas originated from Kashyapa, father of Surya from whom clan of Suryawanshi kshatriyas evolved. The Nether World known as Pathala was the inhabitation of Nagas and Anantha as the Emperor of Naga, Sarpa, Uraga, and Pannaga. The Vedas do not mention Kshatriyas of either Suryavanshi, Chandravanshi, Nagavanshi, Agnivanshi or any such lineage. The Puranas constructed such genealogies. The Nāgvanshis acquired the status of Devas due to their excellent qualities, behavior and actions. Purānas mention Nāgas along with devas. Purānas mention of many Nāga Kingdoms. In ancient times Nāgas were the rulers of entire India. Mathura, Padmavati and Kantipur were capitals of Naga dynasty.

The worshipers of Nāga were supposedly known as Nāgā or Nāgil. Nair, Bunt and some Rajput and Jat clans claim to be of Nagvanshi origin.


Other Sources :

Other Spellings : Nayar

Other Surnames / Gotras : The Nair class name includes Menon, Panicker, Kurup, Pillai, Unni, Unnithan, Kartha, Thampan, Kaimal, Nayanar, Thampi, Nambiar, and Mannadiar

Religion : Hindu

Varna : Kshatriya

Language : Malayalam

Chief Deity : 'Naga God' (Snake God).

Regional Spread : Southern Indian state of Kerala

Traditional Occupation : Warrior

Food Habits : Most Nairs are vegetarians. Nairs who eat non-vegetarian most take fish and avoid beef as they consider cows to be sacred.

Marriage Preference : Within the community or within related communities.



chanthu nair said...

thanks rajesh. you have done lot of reserach. even gone to the basic roots of nair clan. one doubt was arised regarding this. marriage from same gotra are not usually taken place as they are considered as brothers and this practice havingis any vedic justification or is it applicable only to brahmins?

Satian said...

Hi Rajesh,

I am not clear as to what you are saying at the top of this post. Is the Gothra specified ie: Kashyapa the correct Gothra for all Nairs?

I was born in Malaysia and the only thing I know about my roots back into Kerala is that my father belonged to the Kiryathil Nair clan. How do we find out Gothras? I am trying to determine the Gothra mainly for temple/prayer use.

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Hi friends, this is a new information I am providing you all. Actually we all Nairs were all Brahmins and not Kshatriya at ancient time of maharishi Parshurama who chosen us and taught the great KALLARIPAYATTU. Since that time we all involved in war activities and ruling activities and slowly our deep involvement as warriors made us to leave Brahmin karmas and activities and now the world know us as Kshatriya caste. The second point to make you believe this truth is about Maharishi Parshurama. The rishi was greatest enemy of Kshatriyas and he killed all Kshatriyas 21 times. He was only supposed to teach the yudh kala to Brahmins only. You can find these facts in Atharveda and Ajurveda. And of course Nairs are of Kashyap gotta. And this gotra we inherited from Maharishi Kashyap who was one of the rishi from Saptarishi (the seven rishis). I know we hardly care about cast but the world should know we were Brahmins. Thanks all and sorry for any mistake.

Unknown said...

Gautama and Bharadvāja, Viśvāmitra and Jamadagni, Vashishtha and Kaśhyapa and Shandilya are seven sages ( known as Saptarishi)

Vinod said...

Its a great Post. I am based in Gujarat and whenever we do puja our Priest used to ask us our Gotra and our reply was that we do not follow Gotra. He told us that we are of kashyap Gotra!!

This article Corroborates the same .
However If all Nairs are of Kashyap Gotra how can we marry within the same Gotra ?

Is that why we followed the matrilineal system ? These questions are still on my mind


Daily Motivational said...

While any Pooja's are performed, naalum, nakshatram and gotram is being asked by the performer, while he spells out along with our names. Hence hota plaus a very important role. Since we are not knowing nor we are clear, we say vishnu gotra or Shiva gotra.

vivek said...

nice observation!....i do remember a couple of years at my father's shraddh we were asked about our Gotra...all we said was we are nairs!...the priest then designated us the Shiva gotra!....But our non vedic roots should automatically absolve us of all these Gotras!

Anish Nair said...

Aryan dravida theory already debunked. First Brits then Leftist keep whine about it. All three journals study says north to south genetic dna is same. Instead people went outside from india. Dravida first used by Adi Shankar which means union of bay of bengal,indian ocean and arabian sea. Aryan means civilized thats it or arya boomi land of civilized people. Left which want india into pieces on the basis of language kept whining it as north south divide.

sush said...

Excellent insight into the gotra system... Being a north Indian, married to a Nair, its always a quest to draw a semblance of parity between the two families, at least on our part.Sharing it with all my north Indian inquisitive relatives...
as well as Achan(my loving father in law of 20years)