By Swami Harshananda
Gotama is a sage mentioned in the Ṛgveda several times, but not as the seer of mantras. He was closely connected with the Aṅgirasas. His patronymic was Rāhugaṇa.
In Śatapatha Brāhmana
The Śatapatha Brāhmana says he was the purohita (family priest) of Māthva Videgha and a bearer of Vedic civilization.
Gotama also finds a place in the Atharvaveda. Vāma-deva and Nodhas were his sons. He is considered as one of the original sages who started the gotra tradition.
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore