I'm writing a paper about Rajput self-sacrifice in ancient battles. I'm looking into the motivation for sacrifice and for fighting in general and I have this question:

It is said that a Rajput's dharma is to sacrifice themselves in battle.

  1. Is this correct? What reliable source is there for this?

  2. Sacrificing myself is basically dying. How can my dharma be to die in battle? Isn't it a little dependent on others? I need my enemy to kill me for me to die. I thought dharma was traditionally about decision and right ways. How does relying on another for fulfillment work here?

  • Dying in battle is certainly a meritorious thing for a Kshatriya, something that can send them to Devaloka, but I haven't heard that it's a Kshatriya's Dharma to die in battle. It's not like it's bad if you win all the battles you fight. – Keshav Srinivasan May 7 '15 at 19:24
  • so where did you read that Rajput's dharma is to sacrifice themselves in battle? – Sai May 7 '15 at 20:44
  • Lindsay Harlan talks about it in 'The Goddesses' Henchman' – Navot May 7 '15 at 20:55

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