Congress president Rahul Gandhi was a ‘janeu (sacred thread)’ wearing man after his temple visit in Gujarat. Later, during his Mansarovar trip, he came out as a follower of Shiva. Now, in Rajasthan, the Gandhi scion made his ‘gotra’ public in the presence of a head priest — he is a Dattatreya Kaul Brahmin. After conducting a religious ceremony in Pushkar, the priest declared Gandhi’s ‘gotra’
The temple priest Rajnath Kaul, in Pushkar who revealed the gotra, along with evidence.
Kaul said that he saw the Gandhi family’s ancestral documents which showed that from Motilal Nehru to Indira Gandhi and even his father Rajiv Gandhi belonged to the Dattatreya Kaul Brahmin. The priest added that Rahul revealed his gotra to him.
“(Rahul) Gandhi came and offered prayers at the ghat. He also said his gotra is Dattatreya. Dattatreya are Kauls and Kauls are Kashmiri Brahmin,” he said.
BJP had asked Rahul Gandhi his Gotra
It may be recalled that the BJP had demanded to know Rahul’s gotra after he made a beeline for temples while campaigning for elections in several states. In fact, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra had minced no words and asked, “If Rahul wears a ‘janeu’, what type of ‘janeu’ does he wear, what is his ‘gotra’?”
Recently, a Congress leader had said that Pm Modi & Uma Bharti don’t know anything about Hinduism
The detail holds importance ahead of the Rajasthan elections. Congress leader CP Joshi had recently said that PM Narendra Modi, BJP MP Uma Bharti and Hindu activist Sadhvi Ritambhara were from “lower castes” and didn’t know anything about Hinduism. Gandhi was quick to condemn the statement. However, with the priest revealing Gandhi’s gotra, it seems to be a direct response to the BJP’s stand of being pro-Hindu.
It is also a direct response to the BJP’s claims of Gandhi wearing a ‘janeu’ only to woo voters. Read: How are Uma Bharti & PM Modi Speaking on Hinduism?
Last year, in the run-up to Gujarat polls, the BJP had criticised Rahul for his temple visits. To this, Rahul had responded by saying he is a Shiv bhakt.
“Main Shiv ka bhakt hoon, sachaai mein believe karta hoon. BJP jo bhi bole main apni sachaai mein believe karta hu (I am a devotee of Shiv. The BJP may say anything, but I will remain honest),” Gandhi had retorted.
Rahul’s grandfather, Feroze Gandhi, was a Parsi and many priests say that in the Parsi community, the man does not have any gotra. Hence, it means that Gandhi has inherited his grandmother Indira’s gotra. This is the first time that the family has had to come forth with its gotra.
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