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Hindu kings and their actions. Their duties (rājanīti) in the role of a king.

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If satvik guna is the best guna then why are people of rajas guna are made to rule?

If satvik guna is the best guna then why aren't they give given important position as kings,rulers?
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Who is the spirited king Vasumitra, the reincarnation of Danayu's son Vikshara?

The eldest of the four sons of Danayu, who was known by the name of Vikshara, became known on earth the spirited monarch, Vasumitra https://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m01/m01068.htm The eldest of the ...
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Who were the kings who ruled in the 2nd manvanter?

I'm requesting a list of kings of the 2nd manvanter who ruled during Satya Yuga, Treta Yuga, and Dwapar Yuga.
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Did any king perform tapasya for a female child?

Did any king perform tapasya for a female child? For example - like King Dasaratha performed the putrakamesthi yajña.
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Did Maharaja Dasaratha rule Bharata only, or the complete Earth?

Scriptures tell that Sri Rama ruled over the total world. Did Dasaratha rule India (Bharata) or only Koshala or the complete Earth?
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Separation of the Church and State in Hinduism

The separation of Church (Religious Bodies) and State (Government and Administrative Bodies) is an important concept in modern politics. Christians love to quote Matthew 22:21 “Give therefore to ...
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Instances and recommendations by Hindu Scriptures of higher castes working for the welfare of lower classes as public servants

In this rather biased and hinduphobic video spreads misinformation about Hinduism a lot, saying it was cruel and completely ignored the wellbeing of lower classes and exploited who were eventually ...
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What's the significance of bathing a King's waist with mud sourced from a Prostitute-brothel?

In the Agni Mahā-Purāṇa, we have verses in reference to the procedure of a King's coronation ceremony. In the rituals involving cleansing the "to-be King's" body, we get the following - ...
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What is that method by which a king ruling his subjects may, in consequence of it, obtain great blessedness and eternal fame?'

Many kings such as Bhagiratha, Rama, Srinjaya, Bharata, and Rantideva earned eternal fame. What is that method by which a king ruling his subjects may, in consequence of it, obtain great blessedness ...
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Of whose wealth is the king regarded to be the lord of?

It is said that the king owns the wealth of some people. Who are those people?
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What are the major examples of Brahman or Sage became King in Hinduism?

In Hindu Varna system, politics, war and ruling the kingdom is Dharma of Kshatriya. Similarly, Dharma of Brahman is to learn, teach, perform Yadnya and other vedic activities, advice the king etc. On ...
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What should the praja (citizens) do if their ruler is adharmic?

Are they suppose to endure it ? Or they should collude with a dharmic king to overthrow him ? While there were quite a few evil kings - from Ravana to Kamsa, I am unsure of their behavior towards ...
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Is Yamunacharya correct in stating that Brahmins cannot be crowned kings?

Sri Vaishnava scholar Yamunacharya in Agama Pramanya has stated: Every man has some Vedic rites for which he is not qualified: the Brahmin is not qualified for the royal consecration, the Kshatriya ...
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Devāpi and Maru are over 5000 years old now. What have they been up to? (They become co-kings in the next Satya Yuga)

What have Devāpi and Maru been doing in their over 5000 year long lives? Also, how did Devāpi get to have such a long lifespan? Since they are both described as being the originator of the Kṣatriya in ...
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Was Sati (a hindu custom) a rule during Shivaji's tenure?

I want to know : To whom was it mandatory to perform sati during shivaji's rule- only kshatriya widows? or all widows irrespective of castes?
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Why did Shivaji not ban the Sati custom altogether in his kingdom, whereas he stopped his mother from doing so? [closed]

It is said that When Shahaji died, Jijabai tried to commit sati - committing suicide by burning oneself in the husband's pyre, but Shivaji stopped her from doing so by his request. Why did he not ban ...
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Is kansa from the family of Shatrughna (Brother of lord Rama)

As commanded by lord Shri Rama , Shatrughna becomes the king of Mathura after killing Lavana. So now Shatrughna is the king of Mathura. I want to know that , is kansa from the family of Shatrughna as ...
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Why Vrishketu not ascended the throne of Hastinapur

Karna was elder brother of Pandavas. As per the ancient Indian monarchial system, eldest son has a right over throne of his father. Vrishketu was the only son of Karna survived after Mahabharat war ...
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What is the rationale behind the statement that all kings have to spend at least some time in hell?

In Svargarohanika Parva after Yudhishtra had experienced hell, Lord of Dharma gave the following reason Without doubt, all kings, O son, must once behold Hell. Hence hast thou for a little while ...
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What can a king do to prevent Rudra from destroying his kingdom and people?

This answer has shown that Rudra destroys evil countries. My question is, what can a king do to prevent Rudra from destroying his kingdom and people?
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Is the law of karma violated when entire countries get punished for the evil actions of certain individuals?

This answer has shown that Lord Shiva destroys evil countries. By "evil country" it is meant a country where majority of the people and leaders do evil actions. Now my question is, is it fair to ...
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King Parikshit & Kali Yuga

Why did Kali yuga need King Parikshit's permission to enter King Parikshit's kingdom? Who authorised and empowered King Parikshit to control Kali yuga?
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Why did Vinda and Anuvinda share Avanti?

As I know, Vinda and Anuvinda were the kings of Avanti, they were defeated by Sahadeva in their Digvijaya, they supported the Kauravas and they were finally killed by Arjuna on the 14th. My question ...
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Who was the earliest Sudra king?

Was it the Rig Vedic king Sudas? He is said to have fought in the battle of ten kings.
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Does Hinduism permit kings to act tyrannical?

Does Hinduism permit kings to act tyrannical? As in allowing kings to exploit the people, loot them, kill, take women, etc?
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What is the Shini kingdom?

As I said in this question, there is a kingdom called "Shini" that helped Jarasandha according to Harivamsa. I want to know what this kingdom is, or if there was simply a translation error to refer ...
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What is Jarasandha's military force according to BORI's Harivamsa?

According to this chapter of that version of Harivamsa, the military force of Jarasandha in his attacks on Mathura consisted of the kingdoms of Hastinapura, Videha (capital of Mithila), Bahlika, Chedi,...
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Who is King Yavana mentioned in Anushasana Parva of Mahabharat?

In Anushasana Parva (165), Bhishma tells Yudhishthira about the names of the deities, Rishis and Kings to be duly recited for efficacious cleansing of all sins. The following is the (abbreviated) ...
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Is it true that the sixth period of king is pattabhishekam(Crowning)?

According to jyotish shastra (astrology), is it true that sixth period of a king refers to the time of pattabhishekam(Crowning)?
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What are the occupations of brothers of a king?

In general, the elder son of a king will become the next king, if eligible. In which occupations the brothers of the next king (elder brother) will settle? Does it depends on individual or will there ...
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For how many manvantaras did Prithu rule the Earth?

Prithu, son of Vena is a partial incarnation of Lord Vishnu who ruled the Earth for a long time. He is also mentioned in the Vedas. He is the seer of Mandala 10 hymn 148 of the Rigveda. He is famous ...
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Can Sanyasis be rulers according to scriptures?

These days, many Sanyasis have entered politics. The most notable example would be perhaps Yogi Adityanath, the chief-minister of the largest state in India, Uttar-Pradesh. However, many spiritual ...
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Are there any legitimate reasons for initiating war?

Should the king weigh the potential damage done to his own people and kingdom before declaring a war? Should he try and make his best effort to avoid the war? Are there any circumstances when a war is ...
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Neglect of Lava/Kusa by Rama

Lord Rama was surprised to encounter Lava and Kusa who challenged his power unknowingly before Ashwamedha Yagam. Why did he not bother to inquire or keep track of his children's progress for so long ...
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Does mahabharata mention conflict between shungas and indo greeks?

Several works, such as the Mahabharata and the Yuga Purana describe the conflict between the Shungas and the Indo-Greeks. From here: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shunga_Empire Where does ...
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Who is this King Bhavya who lived on the banks of Indus?

Rig Veda Book 1 Hymn 126 is dedicated to a king who has given a lot of gifts to a certain Kakshivan in a sacrifice: 1 WITH wisdom I present these lively praises of Bhāvya dweller on the bank of ...
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Was there a process of impeachment if a king was found to be in violation of dharma?

If a king was found to be in violation of dharma repeatedly and did not want to step down voluntarily, what were the options for the prajā? Did they demand the king be ousted? Was there an "...
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Can dharma śāstras be suspended during emergencies?

Can a Hindu king or ruler suspend the dharma śāstras and other law books at difficult times e.g., during famine, floods, internal conflicts or when the state is actively engaged in a war? If yes, can ...
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Who was the King Rantideva?

I have heard something about Rantideva that he was a king but I don't know the full story of King Rantideva. Can you help me with the story related to the King Rantideva?
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