A lady in a YouTube video says "fourth varna" to refer to the varna said to be born from Purusha's feet. Does scripture use this euphemism anywhere?

  • its already answered.purusha suksha has it
    – user17294
    Feb 2, 2019 at 18:06
  • @ParthaBanerjee Purusha Suktam says "Padbhyagm shudro ajayata"
    – Ikshvaku
    Feb 2, 2019 at 18:07
  • @Ikshvaku yes, fourth varna is sudra! i cd nt get what op wants
    – user17294
    Feb 2, 2019 at 18:11
  • @ParthaBanerjee He wants to know if the euphemism "fourth varna" is used in scriptures. In other words, he wants to know if Shudras are referred to as "fourth varna" in the scriptures and not by the word "Shudra" directly.
    – Ikshvaku
    Feb 2, 2019 at 18:19
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    post link to source video
    – ram
    Feb 3, 2019 at 0:07

1 Answer 1


I think you are looking for something like this?:

To a Vaisya pertain in addition agriculture, trade, animal husbandry, and lending money on interest.

The Sudra is the fourth class with a single birth. Speaking the truth, refraining from anger, and purification apply to him also. 52According to some, he should simply wash his hands and feet in place of sipping water. 53He should make ancestral offerings; 54support his dependants; 55be faithful to his wife;

Gautama Smriti 10.51.49-56

  • that is just denoting the number '4'. what OP is asking is why people refer it to by number instead of name. and answer to that is brahmin-hatred-movement started by pseduo-atheists in tamilnadu.
    – ram
    Feb 3, 2019 at 4:57
  • Let OP see my answer and decide ..@ram
    – Rickross
    Feb 3, 2019 at 4:57
  • No - I am asking is "fourth varna" in the same category as "Harujan", "Dalit" etc. @rickross.
    – S K
    Feb 3, 2019 at 14:34
  • @SK Shudra are the 4th and last varna in Sanatana. The rest avarna/panchama/harijan/outcaste/dalit/descendant of varna sankar(mostly) all refer to those who aren’t members of Hindu samaj and are like people of other religions and races etc. But Shudra are part of Hindu society. Confusion is deliberately caused by activists clubbing Shudra with these, tribals etc for political advantage and also Other Backward Class is a new euphemism for Shudra..but all scriptures mention them as Shudra not numbering them. May 6, 2020 at 20:23

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