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)
I. Dhananjaya Gothram
Baratha, Pareekshithu, Vishnu vardhana& Kota
Hariseemakrishna Maharaja Vamsam
II. Goundinya Gothram
Ikshvaku, Sibi, Musukuntha&AdhithyaChola Maharaja Vamsam
III. Kasyapa Gothram
Kusa, Pundareeka, Karikalacholamaharaje,
KakathiyaProlaraja & HoysalaVamsam
IV. Vashista Gothram
Ragu, Lava, Guhila & Parichethi Devavarma Maharaja Vamsam
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(
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 authenticated by the entire
community. Both the parties should not deviate from the written
At times of marriage season we can see betrothal processions
storming 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 Oman and the family of girl in Chennai. The
parents of the Bride and Bridegroom, come all the way from the
Oman and Chennai to Rajapalayam to register the Betrothal. They
celebrate the Betrothal function solemnly, sincerely and
implicitly in the chavadies. A feeling of social security and
confidence is generated in the minds of the parents linked with
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.