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Kshatriya (from kshatra, "rule, authority") is one of the four varna (social orders) of the Hindu society.

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Anuloma in Kaliyuga

I've heard that Anuloma marriages in Kaliyuga come with stringent restrictions. Specifically, as a man, you can only marry someone one level below your varna (for example, a Brahman male will only ...
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Armor in Vedic/Hindu India

How exactly did Hindu/Vedic armor look like especially for Kashatryia regarding the Kavacha.
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Do any of the puranas talk about the history of Punjab, sindh, haryana? sapta-sandhu region

We know that this region played a significant role in early vedic period before the establishment of mahajanpadas But due to lack of sources on indian history ie lineages of kings, histories of ...
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Pravara of Suryavamsa Kshatriyas

From the question given here: Who is the Vaishya Rishi Sankila?, It is evident that true vedic kshatriyas must have a three-rishi (pravara) "Manava, Aida, Paururavasa" for the Hotri, ...
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Who are BrahmaKshatriya?

Who are Brahma Khatriyas? What is there varna Brahmin or Kshatriya? Is such varna mentioned in Shastras? Should they use Sharma or Varma in Abhivadan or Sankalpa mantras? Are they eligible for both ...
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Apart from Brahmarishi Vishwamitra any people from Kshatriyas became rishis?

Vishwamitra was originally a rajanya and then achieved enlightenment. I take it that he achieved Brahmin Varna. Are there any more examples with references?
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What does dharma say with respect to destroying an adversary in peril?

It is said that adversities accrue to a person because of his prarabdha karma; whether he be a dharmik or adharmik person. In an enmity between such people, if the adharmik person is affected by his ...
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Are there instances of Kshatriyas reaching Moksha?

For example, AFAIK, all the warriors in the Mahabharata war only went to Swarga. If a Kshatriya renounced war, took Sannyasa and obtained Moksha, I am not looking for that. I am looking for ...
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Should a kṣatriya always accept a gambling match by the opponent?

I base this question on a saying of Srila Prabhupada that goes like this: A kṣatriya is not supposed to refuse to battle or gamble when he is so invited by some rival party. Bhagavad Gita As It Is ...
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Is Shatrubodh allowed in Advaita philosophy?

ESTABLISHED FACTS: (based on readings of J Sai Deepak, Dr Omendra Ratnu, Sanjay Dixit, Koenard Elst and logic itself) SECULARISM IS FOREIGN AND ATTEMPTS TO DESTROY DHARMA. BHARATIYA PLURALISM IS ...
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Was Dronacharya Brahmin or Kshatriya? or both? or neither?

Many people these days scream that varna is determined ONLY by guna & karma, not ONLY by janma. Dronacharya was a teacher, a brahmin by varna who followed his svadharma. Later in Kurukshetra war, ...
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What does hinduism say about fighting for brahmins?

I know it is mandatory for kshatriya to fight but what if the situation requires a brahmin or some other caste to fight?And how does a brahmin defends himself if he is against kshatriyas? Can someone ...
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Can a kshatriya be born as a brahmin in next birth? Can a woman be born as a male in next birth and vice versa?

What does the scriptures say about rebirth, is a brahmin always a brahmin , kshatriya always a kshatriya ?
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What are the incidents from old scriptures in which Kshatriyas honored the Brahmins?

In Sanathan dharma, there are four varnas: Brahmin, Kshetriya, Vaishya, and Shudra. It is well known that, in general, Kshatriyas and other orders pay respect, and give honor to Brahmins due to their ...
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On doing what a Brahmin and Kshatriya lose his caste?

By doing what things a Brahmin loses his caste? On doing what a Kshatriya loses his caste?
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How come Brahmins didn't have knowledge of Adhyatma-Vidya as per Chandogya Upanishad?

As per Chandogya Upanishad 5.3, Śvetaketu, son of Gautama Rishi, went to the court of the Pañcālas where the prince Pravāhaṇa, the son of Jīvala, asked him a series of questions related to adhyatma-...
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Are there any kshatriyas that don't trace descent from Solar or Lunar dynasties?

Is there any Kshatriya group that doesn't trace its descent from Solar or Lunar dynasties? Agnivansh is a prominent group amongst Rajputs, but any apart from these mentioned in Puranas or Vedas.
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What was the Varna of the so many soldiers of the various kingdoms mentioned in the stories of Puranas and Vedas?

There are so many kingdoms and wars mentioned in the stories in Puranas and Vedas. In all stories King used to be Kshatriya. I never read and heard about Varna of soldiers who were in huge number in ...
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Do Kshatriyas exist in Kaliyuga

Many brahmins held this belief that no Kshatriyas exist in kaliyuga .Can someone refer me to scriptural injunctions on whether Kshatriyas exist in Kaliyuga or not ?
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If parshuram killed kshatriyas 21 times how do many kshatriyas like rajputs exists today?

If parshuram killed kshatriyas 21 times how do many kshatriyas like rajputs exists today,did the wifes of kshatriyas did niyogas with brahman rishis to give birth to new breed of Kshatiryas?
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Ritwijas and Purohitas becoming Kshatriya

While describing the duties of the Brahmanas, Bhishma says They amongst them that become Ritwikas, Purohitas, counsellors, envoys, and messengers, become, O king, equal to Kshatriyas. Ganguly's ...
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What happens when a Brahmin maiden marries a Kshatriya man?

This question is about a man I know, who is the son of a Kashmiri Pandit mother and a Haryanvi Jatt father and he himself married a Kashmiri brahmin woman What kind of marriage is this and what ...
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Does scripture enjoin Saatvic food on Kshatriyas?

It is generally believed that meat,eggs etc. are needed to build strong bones and muscle. These would be called Rajasic foods. Does scripture allow Kshatriyas to directly eat Rajasic/Tamasic foods? ...
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Where can I find the details about the weapons that kshatriyas had at olden times?

Are there any Vedas, Puranas, or holy scripts that contain their descriptions?
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Books on Hindu warriors

I am looking for a book which has stories of great Hindu warriors both from our epics and history
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Code for Kshatriya [duplicate]

Are there any hindu texts written specifically for Kshatriyas (how they should conduct themselves,habits they should inculcate )?
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Scriptural verses that assign masculinity and femininity to varnas

So my friend (of the Katyayan gotra) she is saying that kshatriyas are the masculine dominated varna, while braahmins are the androgynous dominated varna, a combination of masculine and feminine ...
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How many times did Lord Paraśurāma extirpate kṣatriyas?

In Valmiki Ramayana (Balakanda, Sarga 75), Bhagavan Parashurama says: Oh, Rama, on hearing the unregenerate and highly perfidious murdering of my father, I rancorously extirpated Kshatriya-s as and ...
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Are today's Rajputs descendants of Kshatriyas of previous yugas?

Are today's Rajputs descendants of Kshatriyas of Dwapara Yuga and Treta Yuga? In Short are Rajputs descendants of Shri Rama, Shri Krishna and Pandavas?
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Kalki Avatar ( Kali Yuga ) [closed]

will in near future Democracy end in India and will Kshatriya's again rule Our country coz in Kalki Puran they have told that Shri Kalki will have 2 wives and both wives father will be king King ...
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Why did the Brahmins before Uddalak not have the knowledge of the other world while Kshatriyas did?

This story from the Chandogya Upanishad 5.3-10 states something very interesting: Shvetaketu was distressed and felt very much humiliated at this. So he returned home and asked his father Uddalaka, “...
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In which yuga did Parashurama kill kshatriyas?

Parashurama killed many kshatriyas 21 times. The confusion is between Krita yuga and Treta yuga. In which yuga did this Kshetriya massacre happen?
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Why did Drona and Kripa, who were Brahmanas, fight in the Mahabharata war? [duplicate]

Dronacharya and Kripacharya were powerful warriors who fought in the Mahabharata war. However, they were Brahmanas and not Kshatriyas. Why did they decide to fight? Apastamba says: A Brāhmaṇa ...
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Can Kshatriyas teach Brahmanas some Brahma Vidyas?

According to Hindu scripture, only Brahmanas can teach the Vedas and knowledge that directly comes from Vedic texts: Manu 1.88 - For the Brāhmaṇas he ordained teaching, studying, sacrificing and ...
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Do Kshatriyas have to abide by the Dharmic rules of engagement when fighting enemies who do not abide by the same rules of engagement in battle?

Kshatriya dharma has certain rules of engagement in battle. For example: Manu 7.90 - While fighting his enemies in battle, he shall hot strike with concealed weapons; nor with arrows that are ...
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Are women considered spoils of war according to Kshatriya Dharma?

Historically, the armies of the Mlecchas, Asuras, and Rakshasas after defeating the army, killing the king, and conquering a city, would kill all the civilian men, rape all the women, make their ...
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Does Kshatriya Dharma allow the sacking and pillaging of a country after it has been conquered, or the slaughter of its citizens during a conquest?

Does Kshatriya Dharma allow the sacking and pillaging of a capital after it has been conquered? Historically, the armies of the Mlecchas, Asuras, and Rakshasas after defeating the army, killing the ...
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Could anybody learn the secrets of celestial weapons? [duplicate]

I think there is some condemnation of Drona the Brahmin for encroaching on the realm of warriors. Is there a prohibition on non-Kshatriyas learning those weapons?
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Who was the first śūdra to be born or appear on Earth?

Who was the first śūdra (or the śūdra-couple) to be born? Likewise, who was the first brāhmaṇa, the first kṣatriya and vaiśya to be born? Some might argue, the first śūdra could not have been ...
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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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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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Can a Kshatriya man marry Vaishya woman?

I have heard from my friend that Kshatriya man can marry Vaishya woman. Is it true? What do our scriptures say on this?
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Was Buddha a Hindu? [duplicate]

I was wondering where to post such a question. I chose Hinduism because it is the most liberal religion. My question is: Was Buddha a Hindu? Was he a Kshatriya?
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Is Rajo guna the reason for allowing kings to have multiple wives?

I want to know the reason for allowing kings to take multiple wives. Is it Rajo guna or any other reason based on Shruti, Smriti, Puranas?
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How did Hastinapuri empire collapse?

I have heard that in Mahabharata after the kuruskhethra war. Yudhishtira became the emperor and later he handed over his kingdom to parikshith and so on. So my question is how did Hastinapuri empire ...
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Why did Shree Krishna have 16108 wives if Kshatriyas are only eligible to take a maximum of three wives?

Various scriptures such as the Mahabharata have prescribed a maximum of three wives for Kshatriya men: "Bhishma said, 'For the Kshatriya, O delighter of the Kurus, two wives have been ordained. The ...
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Were there sacraments to convert non-arya and arya but non-kshatriya kings to kshatriyas?

Wiki article of Mahapadma Nanda says The Puranas describe Mahapadma as a son of Mahanandin by a woman from the Shudra caste.[ Jain works like Parishishtaparvan and Avashyaka sutra represent him as ...
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Have there been instances of rivalry between Brahmins and Kshatriyas?

The Wikipedia article on Kshatriyas suggests possible rivalry between the two varnas due to ambiguity in their relative positions in the society. In the period of the Brahmanas (800 BCE to 700 BCE) ...
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Where is it written that Kshatriyas are eligible to eat meat?

I have often heard from many people that Kshatriyas are allowed to partake non-vegetarian food. Some people who believe Sri Rama took meat (this is due to certain controversial verses present in the ...
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Is meat eating outside of yajnas considered sin for Varnas like kshatriyas and sudras too?

Just like all religions Hinduism also maintains that eating animals outside of religious sphere, without offering it to god (s) leads to sin/bad karma, is this applicable unto kshatriyas too?
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