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1-59). The Salankayana dynasty of the Gupta period may bear a tribal name; the tribe existed (Kasika on Pan. 114) and has brahmin gotras in the Bhrgus, Visvamitras, and Agastis, the wide divergence being suggestive of such tribal contact; but the connection between tribe and dynasty should be traced, directly, for brahminism was by now strong enough to lend a gotra name to the ruling chiefs of a tribe. g. Ghorpade, Amgre, Ghalage, of Maharastra. The 1921 Census listed a total of 515 Udumbara brahmins in the Panch Mahals and Kaira districts of Bombay.

9 He went from his native forest with the preceptor Virasarman as a brahmin student, to enter a charitable foundation (Ighatika) at the Pallava capital, Kanci. 8 The sabara lineage of the Panduvamsis, though admitted by DHI, p, 269, has been disputed — like almost any other detail of Indian history. The point is of little importance, when il is admitted that most such dynasties had an obscure, locaj, tribal origin. The Nalas seem much more likely to be Nisadas turned into Naisadhas (El, XXVIII), pp.

A forest tribe without doubt. The Iksvakus of southern kosala (Bilaspur and southern neighboui ing districts) would similarly claim descent from Rama, shedding their un doubtedly low origin with the help of brahmins who were ever willing to rewrite their own puranic records for such purposes. A recognized method whereby a sufficiently wealthy king might acquire the formal superiority of higher caste over his fellows was the hiranyagarbha rebirth ceremony described in the puranas and mentioned in royal inscriptions (IA, XIX, p.

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