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Varna of Nandagopa and Maa Yashoda?

Gopala bhatta goswami in his sat kriya sandarba mentions the 11 jatis of shudra varna (pic below) While Swami karpatri had said that they're Vaishyas (like other gowala-s) So were Nandagopa, Maa ...
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Are there any possible senses(meanings) for the word Varna wrt humans other than the ones given?

I recently asked a question requesting for Sanskrit verses containing the word Varna in different contexts. I provided the five senses: Varna assigned by Krishna for each individual based on guna and ...
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Did Ram perform any Vaishya or Shudra karma?

Ram was primarily Kshatriya. However, he also performed brahmin karma by living in forests like Sanyasi; By doing tap at sea shore to appease Saagar, king of seas; By doing yajna etc. I was wondering ...
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Who was the father of Sage Kavasa?

This story comes in Aitareya Brahmana the Risis, called the "middle ones" (Gritsamada, Visvamitra, Vaniadeva, Atri, Bharadvfija, Vasistha, see Asv. Grihya Sutras, 3, 4), hold once a ...
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Sanskrit references for the usage of the word varna for a given sense

The word Varna has been used by scriptures in different senses/meanings based on the context. This question is restricted to usage of Varna in Humans only. I know at-least five senses: Varna assigned ...
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Is there any counter example saying astrological varna and geetha varna are different?

Answers to this question says that astrological varna based on Zodiac sign of a person is same as the varna of a person assigned by Krishna. You can read the referred question for details. But still ...
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Proportion of gunas in four varnas obtained by birth

I read the following lines by Ramanujacharya from this answer The nature of Brahmanas, Ksatriyas, Vaisyas, and Sudras are due to their respective inherent dispositions. The meaning is that their past ...
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Can a Sudra be born as a Bramhana in his next birth?

I am not asking about Guna based system. Here 1 and 2 rising in varna hierarchy is mentioned but it says a Sudra will be born as a Vasihya then a Ksatriya and then a Bramhana. Cant a Sudra's next ...
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Shudras and learning Sanskrit

Were shudras not allowed to learn Sanskrit in the past times? If yes, then around when did this practice of not being allowed start?
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How are people from different countries put into the varna system [duplicate]

1). Who was the first human couple in hinduism from which the population began, what were their varna ,and how did other varna originate from them? Since in vedas god says that he created the Varna’s ...
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Offspring due to marriage between a Sudra man and a Brahmana woman

The following passage is from this answer quoted from Agni Purana An anuloma marriage is a marriage where the husband is from a higher class than the wife. The offspring of such a marriage belong to ...
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Under which varna do bureaucrats come?

Do modern day bureaucrats come under the kshatriya varna? Any example related to this from shastras?
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Is the practice of Gayatri Parivar allowing everyone to undergo Upanayana (Janaeu) ceremony adharmika?

It's a well-known fact about the Gayatri Parivar's stance on allowing everyone (including married women, non-Hindus, and Śhūdras, etc.) to undergo the sacred thread ceremony (Upanayana or Yagnopavita ...
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Is there any scripture prohibiting marriage across Varṇa, that can't be explained as being just dating advice?

I know scriptures encourage to marry within the same Varṇa (especially a female marrying a lower Varṇa), but these always seemed to me to be about people seeking marriage, not wanting to marry someone ...
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Does Śhāstras say that a Vedic Brāhmiṇa is worse than a Śhruti knowing chāṇḍāla?

As per a comment in this question, A Vedic Brāhmiṇa is worse than a chāṇḍāla/achût, who knows "real Śhruti". Here's a screenshot of the comment, just in case: So, which scriptures ...
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Isn't the varna determined, by the Vedic varnashram, by birth? [duplicate]

As far as I know, varnashram is originally a Vedic idea, by which Shudras that were Not recognised as dvija were Not entitled for Upanayana that usually used to take place at the age of 8-11 years of ...
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Varna of Krshn Veda Vyas?

Do scriptures mention Vyasa as a Brahmin? What are those specific verses in which he has been described as a Brahmin?
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Varna of the Jatt people acc to Hindu scriptures?

It is said that Jatts are originally from central Asia and hence either pure Aryans or mixture of Aryan fathers and native Indian Rajanya women Have they been mentioned in the scriptures? Do they fall ...
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Are the first/early members of each varna mentioned in the scriptures?

Verse 1.31 from the Manu Smriti But for the sake of the prosperity of the worlds he caused the Brahmana, the Kshatriya, the Vaisya, and the Sudra to proceed from his mouth, his arms, his thighs, and ...
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Did demons also have a Varna system?

Is there any reference of a demon or rakshasa having a varna? Was the Varna system followed by Rakshasas?
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Do the Vedas mention mixed-castes (Varṇa Saṅkara-s)?

The famous Purūṣa Sukta doesn't mention Varṇa Saṅkara-s. Kṛiṣṇa also didn't talk about Varṇa Saṅkara-s despite of concerned raised by Arjuna, adharmābhibhavāt kṛiṣhṇa praduṣhyanti kula-striyaḥ ...
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I'm a Bhumihar Brahmin(18),my father a Kaushik and mother a Bharadwaj by Gotra(Read the body)

I'm 18, as far as I know the Upanayana has to be done when the child is 8, I'm 18, is it too late for me to go through one? I'm a medical student as of now, and I come from an upper middle class ...
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How can a European born converted Hindu become a Brahmana? [duplicate]

Converting to Hinduism and Caste Very interesting Q&A My question is: Because I am white Hindu, how can I become one day a Brahmana? Also: in astrology Indian websites, my jyotish kundli states ...
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Lord Shiva’s Curse and the Origin of Chandalas

An answer to what are the duties of children born from an intermixing of castes?, beautifully describes that a chandala is one born of the pratiloma union of a Sudra man and a Brahmin woman and their ...
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What are the roots of the Caste System in India?

As per what I have read and learnt, In the Purusha Suktam of the Yajur Veda the following lines appear: brAhmano asya mukhamAseet | bAhoo rAjanya: krta: | ooru tadasya yad vaishya | padbhyAm shoodro ...
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Krishna visiting Sudra's home or touching a Sudra

In Mahabharata, Pandavas used to visit Sudra's homes. It can be clarified from the following passage Vaisampayana said, 'Then all the citizens (of Varanavata) on hearing that the son of Pandu had ...
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Can a mleccha convert marry a Dalit?

Since both "Mleccha" and a "Dalit" are casteless and Manusmriti says there is no fifth caste. Is this a valid marriage?
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Does Shankaracharya of Puri consider that Varna is based on birth? Is this consistent with teachings of Adi Shankara?

I found this YouTube video (with English subtitles) of Swami Nischalananda Saraswati, the current Shankaracharya of Puri, but don't quite understand what he's trying to convey. Can someone summarize ...
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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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Physical characteristics of the four varnas

Is there any description of the physical characteristics of the four varnas in Scriptures?
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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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Did Vivekananda consider varṇasaṃkara (intermixture of castes) problematic or instead welcome it?

Arjuna in Bhagavad-gītā thought varṇasaṃkara would wreak havoc on the society: adharmābhibhavāt kṛṣṇa praduṣyanti kulastriyaḥ strīṣu duṣṭāsu vārṣṇeya jāyate varṇasaṃkaraḥ saṃkaro narakāyaiva ...
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Was Vivekananda a proponent of birth-based caste-system or the guṇa-based? [closed]

What type of caste-system did Swami Vivekananda advocate? Birth-based or guṇa-based? And on what basis? If he believed one's varṇa is determined by their guṇa: Did he reject smṛtis such as Manu ...
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How many types of varna are there in Hinduism?

I'm not asking about the types: brahmin, kshatriya, vaisya, and sudra. I'm asking about the types of varnas itself such as astrological varna, birth-based varna, etc., How many such types of varnas ...
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How does adoption affect one's Varna?

Recently, I was having a discussion on what Varnas, Karna and Satyavati should belong to. We all know Karna was born from Kunti and Surya but was adopted by Adhiratha Nandana. Therefore, he was born ...
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Is there a specific Sandhyavandanam for Vaishya varna i.e different from what is usually prescribed for Brahmins?

Brahmins usually have Sandhyavandanam rituals as per the Veda associated with their family. For example, Yajurveda (there are some sub-branches as well) or Samveda. Is there a Sandhyavandanam ritual ...
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Where do the Gowdas and Shettys belong in the Chaturvarna System?

Gowdas and Shettys are prominent and also dominant communities in the state of Karnataka. Where do these communities belong in the Chaturvarna System?
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Are Varna and Caste same or different?

Varnas are mentioned in Vedas. There are four varnas. On the other hand, there are many castes and sub-castes. Many posts on this forum use varna and caste as interchangeable word. Many resources on ...
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Is it obligatory for a mleccha householder to marry?

There are two options to most Hindus, householder or ascetic. Householders must get married. Is this law obligatory on foreigners as well? And what type of marriage would foreigners engage in? One of ...
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who can a Mleccha marry?

Who can a Mleccha marry? A mleccha is outside the varna system,i.e they are neither brahmins, Kshatriyas, Vaisyas, or even Shudras. can a mleccha only marry a mleccha? I'm talking about a convert ...
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How to find your varna from your caste?

I have two questions on this: How can one find out his/her varna? For example, my caste is Kasar - what varna do I belong to? Is there actually any strong link between caste and varna at birth i.e. a ...
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Did karna learn the vedas from Drona?

I am looking for explicit mention in KMG Mahabharata that Karna learnt vedas from Drona (will be helpful if there are passages that show he conducted vedic rites). I don't think he learnt vedas from ...
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Can the lower borns enter varna system?

Ambaṣṭha, Niṣāda, Pārośora, Ugra, Sūta, Māgadha, Vaideha, Āyogava, Kṣattṛ, Caṇḍāla, Āvṛta, Ābhīra, Dhigvaṇa, Pukkasa, Kukkaṭaka, Śvapāka, Veṇa Manusmriti (10.5) onwards gives names of mixed varna ...
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Is this verse really there in the Bhagavat Gita? Please answer with reference

It would be great if someone could post the reference to this verse from the Bhagavat Gita as I couldn't find it when searched on Google. This is how the verse comes: Birth is not the cause, my ...
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Is there any vedic statement which deny entry of Shudra in temple?

As per Parashara smirti, Shudras were considered less pure to perform some auspicious activities. Is there any vedic statement which supports this claim?
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What was the name of the first Vaishya?

Bhragu, Vashishta etc. seems to be the first Brahmins. Priyavrata and Uttānapāda seems to be the first Kshatriyas. Is there any mention about the first Vaisya either in guna based or birth based ...
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Why are Kshatriyas allowed to eat meat and other castes aren't?

Why are only Kshatriyas allowed to eat meat? Surely the Brahmins should be allowed to eat meat as well because they are at the top of the caste system. Also since Dalits aren't technically in the ...
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Is mleccha entirely different from Hindu classification?

According to the varna system, there are four varnas of human 1) Brahman 2) Kshetriya 3) Vaisya 4) Sudra A person if does not fall under any one of the four is Candala Then is mleccha ...
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What is the varna of Adrusyanti (Shakti's wife) [duplicate]

What is the varna of Adrusyanti (Shakti's wife)? Who are her parents?
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Why was Varna formalised?

My understanding is that caste is not a legitimate Hindu concept and that it is varna instead. From what I’ve read, varna is like the division of labour within society, but my question is, why was ...