It is my pleasure and privilege to welcome you to Bardai Brahmin Samaj London. Almost 34 years ago, our Charity was founded on the principles of Hindu Religion and Culture and to advance appreciation of Hinduism, its philosophy, Art and Literature and to promote charitable purposes and to relieve poverty.
During the intervening time, the elders who founded our Samaj have passed the baton to second and third generation Bardais that are British born and bred and who embrace life in the United Kingdom and all that it has to offer.
In the hustle and bustle of daily life, however, questions do arise: Who am I? Who are my ancestors? What about my Culture? Religion? Beliefs? Philosophies? Traditions? . In short what is my Identity? This is where the Samaj becomes relevant. Effectively, the Samaj can provide a Bardai Brahmin an Identity. Getting involved in Samaj activities can rekindle that sense, that feeling, that passion of being a Bardai Brahmin which otherwise remains dormant deep in the heart and the mind.
Today Bardai Brahmin Samaj London is needed more than ever. Calls for our Samaj to be allowed to lapse and be exiled into oblivion must be resisted. Claims by some that other bodies and organisations can do the Samajís work better than the Samaj itself must be struck down. Yes the Samaj must work in harmony and close co-operation with other bodies with similar aims and objectives, but this must happen on the Samajís own terms and not on those dictated by others.
It is a great honour for me and my fellow committee members to be entrusted with the mission to rebuild and lead, with your support, a vibrant community of Bardai Brahmins in London. We are committed to gaining your trust and enthusiastic participation, acting with your wholehearted and united support and providing the energy and inspiration to succeed in our endeavour to bring progress to our great Bardai Brahmin Samaj in London.
Jai Shri Krshna! Jai Shri Trikamjibapu!
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A gotra is the lineage or "clan" (although read below) assigned to a Hindu at birth. In most cases, the system is patrilineal and the gotra assigned is that of the person's father. Other terms for it are vansh, vanshaj, bedagu, purvik, purvajan, pitru. An individual may decide to identify his lineage by a different gotra, or combination of gotras.
According to strict Hindu tradition, the term gotra is used only for the lineages of Brahmin, Kshatriya and Vaishya varnas. Brahminical gotra relates directly to the original seven or eight rishis of the Vedas.
The word "Gotra" means "ray." In Brahmin tradition, it is the duty of the Brahmin to keep his particular ray alive by doing daily rituals so that he may transmit the power of that ray to others for the benefit of mankind. When the "ray" is extinguished, so is that particular beneficial magical stream dead to the human race and that power lost to mankind forever. Hence the importance of a Brahmin's daily sandhya (practice). A common mistake is to consider gotra to be synonymous with clan or Kula. A kula is basically a set of people following similar rituals, often worshipping the same God (the Kula-Devata - the God of the clan). Kula has nothing to do with lineage or caste. In fact, it is possible to change one's Kula, based on his faith or Ishta-deva.
It is common practice in Hindu marriage to inquire about the Kula-Gotra meaning Clan-Lineage of the bride and bridegroom before approving the marriage. In almost all Hindu families, marriages within the same gotra are prohibited since people with same gotra/gothra are considered to be siblings. But marriage within the kula is allowed and even preferred (e.g. Bardai Brahmins).
The following tables shows the Gotra and Nav Chinha for Bardai Brahmins
GOTRAS & NAV CHINHA
Krushnatri, Alpvan and Saraswat
Korkhadiya, Bokhiriya and Bhogayata)