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<ul><li><p>8/12/2019 Kulin Brahmins - Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia</p><p> 1/1</p><p>Kulin BrahminsFrom Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia</p><p>Kulin Brahminsare those Brahmins in Bengal who can trace themselves to the five families of Kanauj</p><p>(Kanyakubja), Uttar Pradesh who migrated to Bengal.They were given immense power during the reign of</p><p>the Sena/Sen kings who were staunch Hindus and did not encourage the practice of any other religion. The</p><p>five Brahmin families were differentiated by their gotras. The Kanaujiya/kanyakubj Brahmins who settled in</p><p>Bengal had the following gotras: (Shandilya, Bhardwaj, Kashyap, Saavarna and Vatsav/Vatsya); these gotras</p><p>denote the Rishis whose followers the Brahmins were.</p><p>Some of these kuleen families settled in Barendrabhoom and some in Rarhbhoom. The descendants of these</p><p>families became known as Rarhi and Barendra Brahmins as per their settlement.</p><p>Kulin system</p><p>The Kulin Prathaor Kulin System was initiated by the Sena kings in Bengal whereby the kings gave land</p><p>and power to the Brahmins to promote vedic principles in the society, leading to a strict and disciplinedlifestyle. Simultaneously they also enforced strict rules on family and marriage rules on Brahmins, leading to</p><p>the birth of Kulin Brahmins, an apex section/class/caste of the society. It was said that a person is Kulin if</p><p>and only if all the 14 generations on his father's and mother's side were Kulin. This created a very</p><p>problematic divide in the society. This was also opposed by many Brahmins. Yet it became a norm, probably</p><p>because the kulin Brahmins got lured by the newly acquired power in the society.</p><p>It was a very strict practice leading to many problems in Bengali society. If a daughter of a Kulin family</p><p>doesn't wed in a Kulin family then the parent family loses their Kulin identity. These led to several problems</p><p>like young girls getting married to old Kulin married men out of desperation of finding a Kulin groom. It was</p><p>not uncommon for Kulin grooms to have several wives, most of which stayed at their parents home, just to</p><p>be wed (for the sake of the ritual) to a Kulin and hence maintain their Kulin status.</p><p>References</p><p>"Hindu Castes and Sects", Jogendranath Bhattacharya, Thacker, Spink &amp; Company, Calcutta, 1896.</p><p>Retrieved from "http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Kulin_Brahmins&amp;oldid=567216618"</p><p>Categories: Brahmin communities Social groups of West Bengal Indian ethnic group stubs</p><p>This page was last modified on 5 August 2013 at 05:07.</p><p>Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may</p><p>apply. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Wikipedia is a registered</p><p>trademark of the Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization.</p><p>n Brahmins - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kulin_Brahmins</p><p> 1 4/20/2014 10:36 PM</p></li></ul>