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Gautama (गौतम) was an ancient sage (rishi), who was one of the Saptarshis in the present Manvantara; with others being Atri, Vashishtha, Vishvamitra, Gautama, Jamadagni, Bharadvaja .

Jat Gotras from Gautama

  • Gautam (गौतम) - Gautam (गौतम) gotra of Jats originated from rishi named Gautama (गौतम). [1]

In Mahabharata

Bhishma tells the narrative of the birth of Gautama in the Mahabharata (Adi Parva, Mahabharata/SECTION CIV):[2]

There was in olden days a wise Rishi of the name of Utathya. He had a wife of the name Mamata. One day Utathya's younger brother Vrihaspati, approached Mamata. The latter, however, told her husband's younger brother that she had conceived from her connection with his elder brother and that, therefore, he should not then seek for the consummation of his wishes. Vrihaspati, succeeded not in suppressing his desire. The child who was equal unto Vrihaspati in energy, was born blind and came to be called Dirghatamas (enveloped in perpetual darkness). The wise Dirghatamas, succeeded yet by virtue of his learning, in obtaining for a wife a young and handsome Brahmana maiden of the name of Pradweshi. And having married her, the illustrious Dirghatamas, for the expansion of Utathya's race, begat upon her several children with Gautama as their eldest.


  1. Dr Mahendra Singh Arya, Dharmpal Singh Dudee, Kishan Singh Faujdar & Vijendra Singh Narwar: Ādhunik Jat Itihas (The modern history of Jats), Agra 1998 p. 238

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