According to Parashara Smriti (PS), during "ApatkAla" or during an emergency, following/maintaining Dharma must take a backseat. Preserving one's life, at that time, is the only priority. And, one should wait for the unrest to be over.
So, this is in other words the same as saying "One can abandon the Dharma ShAstras temporarily till the emergency is over".
I have not seen any process of impeachment. However, the idea that an oppressive king should be removed is there in Hindu scripture. A king's plea that he is above the law is also rejected in Hindu scripture.
King and his duties
For fear of anarchy, Vena was made king, though he was not fit for it.
Now that king himself has become the source of fear ...
The name Rantideva brings back memories of reading Amar Chitra Kathas! See this excerpt from the Amar Chitra Katha comic book "Tales of Vishnu".
Rantideva was a king of the Bharata dynasty. He was a descendant of the sage Bharadvaja, who was originally the son of Brihaspati guru of the gods but was later adopted by the king Bharata, whom India is ...
No such thing as impeachment is found in the Smritis. But I've found something relevant in the Mahanirvana Tantra's 11th Chapter, which talks about Prayaschittas (expiatory rites), regarding what shall be the punishment for such a King.
[Lord Shiva says] O Kula−nayika! know that there are two kinds of sin−− that which
contributes merely to the injury of ...
I am herewith providing more details of the story of King Bhavya or King Swanaya mentioned in Rig-Veda mandala 1- Sukta 126. The story is present in both this as well as in previous sukta i.e. RV. 1.125.
King Bhava or Bhavayavya was a king who lived on the banks of the Indus,whose son was King Swanya Or Bhavya.
The Rishi of the Sukta 1.125 is ...
Shivaji appears to have followed orthodox Hinduism so banning satī outright would go against the kṣatriya code.
For the lives of the Bhagwat saints were full of gentleness and love. Theirs was a catholic generosity and toleration. In their hearts was no room for pride or
hatred. A religion that consistently identified Ram with Rahim could admit of no ...
Who was the earliest Sudra king?
The first Shudra king existed in Kali Yuga. Shudras being kings is a symptom of Kali Yuga.
From the Vishnu Purana on the symptoms of Kali Yuga:
In the Kali age every one who has cars and elephants and steeds will
be a Rájá.
From the Bhagavata Purana on the degraded dynasties of Kali Yuga:
12.1.37 - The land along ...
According to scriptures --- No way.. It is evident even from common sense ..
First of all, one who has renounced should not live in his native place. After he has renounced he has to start living in another place. How is that possible for a king?
A sage should leave his native land right after he has renounced. He should live far away from his own, ...
There are four measures (to be applied in that order), viz - Sama (peacemaking), Dana (buying off with gifts), Bheda (dissension), and finally Danda (punishment/force or war), for the king to apply on his foes.
First, he should try the three measures, either separately or jointly, apart from war, because war is always disastrous and moreover the result is ...
Concept of the divine king-Origin
The earliest evidence of the origin of kingship in India is found in the Aitareya Brahmana, a later Vedic text, which tells of a war between gods and demons .The gods were losing badly and needed someone to lead them in order to change the tide of the war.
It is through this legend, probably, that the concept of kingship ...
No, Hinduism forbids kings from acting tyrannical.
Some verses from the Manusmriti:
The king, who, without affording protection, takes tributes, taxes,
duties, presents and fines, would immediately sink into hell.—(8.307)
He who affords no protection and devours the people, grabbing his
tribute of the sixth part of the produce,—him they declare to be the
Yudhishtira was simply In hell. He was not Tortured in hell.
The keyword is 'behold'.
A king is supposed to know the sufferings of their subjects. The only way they can do so is to experience pain themselves. But because they are kings, they can't be punished by anyone while on earth. So they are shown a sample of tortures in hell after they leave the ...
What can a king do to prevent Rudra from destroying his kingdom and
By offering the Ashvamedha.
After the sacrificial horse has been slain in the year-long Ashvamedha ritual performed by the king, the king offers three libations of blood of the horse to Rudra to appease him so he doesn't harm the cattle and citizens of the king's country.
Yes, he is correct because a king, who does not come from a Kshatriya family, is considered as degraded in the scriptures. So, a Brahmin becoming a king is not approved by the Dharma sastras.
See the following:
Manu Smriti 4.84. Let him not accept presents from a king who is not descended from the Kshatriya race, nor from butchers, oil-manufacturers, and
Kansa was from Chandravansha > Yadava > Bhoja family.
The wicked son, of ill-regulated soul, of the old Bhoja king, having usurped his father's sovereignty during the latter's life-time, subjected himself to death. Indeed, Kansa, the son of Ugrasena, abandoned by his relatives, was slain by me in a great encounter, from desire of benefiting my kinsmen. ...
First by defintion, Karna was a Kanina and could be made king
Manusmriti 9.172 says
pitṛveśmani kanyā tu yaṃ putraṃ janayed rahaḥ |
taṃ kānīnaṃ vadennāmnā voḍhuḥ kanyāsamudbhavam || 172 ||
If a maiden secretly bears a son in her father’s house, that son, born of a maiden, should be declared as ‘maiden-born’ by name, and to belong to the man who ...
This objection is actually brought up in the discourse between King Aila and Rishi Kashyap.
'If chastisement touches all viz., the honest and the wicked alike, in
consequence of the sins perpetrated by the sinful, why should men, in
that case, do acts that are good? Indeed, why should they not perform
And Kashyapa responds,...
No. Kings who act tyrannically will be destroyed.
Vamadeva continued, ‘When the king, who is powerful, acts
unrighteously towards the weak, they who take their birth in his race
imitate the same conduct. Others, again, imitate that wretch who sets
sin agoing. Such imitation of the man ungoverned by restraints soon
The Shini Kingdom is most likely referring to the descendants of Śini, thier founder and who in turn is a descendant (grandson) of Vṛṣṇi. According to F. E. Pargiter in Ancient Indian Historical Tradition, pg.106:
Vṛṣṇi's youngest son Anamitra had a son Śini, and their descendants
were called the Śainyas. All these are shown in the table opposite.
A brief answer can be found in a book named "Studies in Hindu Law and Dharmaśāstra" written by Ludo Rocher . Page 337.
The author is quoting Shukra Niti Sara (शुक्रनिती सार) . And is clearly mentioning the occupations of brothers of a king.
The text adds that younger brothers should rather be appointed
governors of the provinces or superintendents ...