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Shrivatsa is an ancient auspicious symbol in India. It is a mark on the chest of Vishnu where His consort Sri Lakshmi resides. It is said that the 10th avatar of Vishnu, Kalki will be bearer of the Srivatsa mark on his chest. SrivatsavakshaaH is another name of Vishnu and is mentioned in the Vishnu Sahasranam.
As a Jain symbol
In Sanskrit, gotra means family, race or lineage that are patriarchal groups. The Brahmin subcastes are grouped under various gotras. Srivatsa is a commonly used surname in Hindu names. Lord Parasurama an avatar of Vishnu was born in this Gotra. Sri-Vatsa is a gotra derived from the existing Vatsa gotra. Srivatsa gotra has 5 pravara rishis (sages) Bhargava, Chyavana, Apnavana, Aurava and Jamadagni; in other words, people of the Srivatsa or Vatsa gotra claim to being descent from these sages.
- Sutton, Nicholas (200). Religious doctrines in the Mahābhārata p.
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