History: Rajapalayam Andhra Kshatriyas Rajus

As far as the matrimonial relationships are concerned, Rajapalayam Kshatriya Rajus follow a convenient social classification namely Gothras. There are four Gothras such as Dhananjaya, Goundinya, Kasyapa, and Vashista. Similar classification of the four Gothras is maintained in Andhra.

The Children of the families belong to one gothra are the descendants of a single forefather in male line pedigree. Hence all the children of the gothra are considered to be as brothers and sisters. Any wedlock between the brotherly familes and within the families of the same gothra is prohibited and in the norms of the community, it is a forbidden one. Marriage alliances are fixed strictly between the families of different Gothras. (Never within the families of the same Gothra)

House Name
Chnadra Kulam
(Lunar Race)
I. Dhananjaya Gothram

Baratha, Pareekshithu, Vishnu vardhana & Kota Hariseemakrishna Maharaja Vamsam

1. Bagalapadi
2. Chinthla padi
3. Dhanthalooi
4. Dhatla
5. Gottumukkla
6. Jujjoori
7. Kasi
8. Penumathsa
9. Segoori
Solar Race
II. Goundinya Gothram

Ikshvaku, Sibi, Musukuntha & Adhithya Chola Maharaja Vamsam

1. Kondoori
2. Muthanuri
3. Muthundi
Solar Race
III. Kasyapa Gothram

Kusa, Pundareeka, Karikalachola maharaje, Kakathiya Prolaraja & Hoysala Vamsam

1. Choda raju
2. Manthapadi
3. Namboori
Soorya Kulam
IV. Vashista Gothram

Ragu, Lava, Guhila & Parichethi Devavarma Maharaja Vamsam

1. Bejawada
2. Errguntala
3. Induhoori
4. Manthena
5. Nandhiyala
6. Percherla
7. Poosapati
8. Saki
9. Valivarthi
10. Vathsavaya
11. Vegesana
12. Velagalady

The ancestral lineage given in this table is based on Buddharaju Varahalaraju�s book entitled �Sri Andhra kshatriya Ratnakaramu�.

The Unique Feature - Registration of Betrothals

Almost all the marriages in this community are arranged marriages. Brides and Bridegrooms are proposed, selected, and approved by the parents before fixing the marriage, according to the norms of the community.

The agreement of the parents alone is not sufficient and the acceptance of the community is also essential for the marriages. A special community meeting is arranged exclusively for the purpose of registration of betrothal. A resolution is passed while registering the betrothal in the respective chavadies. They call the betrothal function as Chavadi Okkahu ( Nichchayadhartam)

The betrothal is meant for the confirmation of marriage proposal. It is written in a special register maintained in the chavadies. It comprises the written agreement signed by both the parents and guardians along with the signature of the witnesses gathered in the function.

Once the betrothal is registered in the chavadi, the agreement for the wedlock is supposed to be aunthenticated by the entire community. Both the parties should not deviate from the written agreement.

At times of marriage seanon we can see betrothal processions stroming the chavadies. The procession moves from one chavadi to other chavadi consisting of the male members of the families of bride and bridegrooms. Womenfolk do not take part in the betrothal in the chavadi. Initially they take part in the house betrothal (Inti okkahu). In the past, the processions were by walk and now we can observe vehicles and motorcars roaming between the chavadies.

Suppose a marriage proposal is agreed upon by the family of a boy living the U.S.A and the family of girl in Delhi. The parents of the Bride and Bridegroom, come all the way from the U.S.A. and Delhi to Rajapalayam to register the Betrothal. They celebrate the Betrothal function solemnly, sincerely and implicitlty in the chavadies. A feeling of social security and confidence is generated in the minds of the parents linked with the function.

Thers is a proverb in English that �marriages are fixed in Heaven�. For Rajapalaym Rajus, the marriages are fixed not only in Heaven but also fixed and strictly registered in the respective chavadies in Rajapalayam.

This practice of registration of Betrothals in Chavadies is not found even in the same community in Andhra. This social practice can not be found anywhere else in the world.

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