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Colors of different varṇas: Is it their physical complexion or their qualities?

These "colors" are to be understood metaphorically or allegorically as Gunas (qualities). As mentioned in this answer, white represents Satva, Red represents Rajas and Black represents Tamas. ...
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Which scriptures say that the Kings and Kshatriyas are allowed to hunt animals?

Bhishma says this to Yudhishthira in Mahabharata Book 13 of Anushasana parva Chapter CXVI http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m13/m13b081.htm "Bhishma said, 'It is even so, O mighty-armed one, as thou ...
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Kshatriyas and alcohol consumption

Kshatriyas and Vaishyas are allowed to drink certain forms of alcohol. Kumarila Bhatta discusses this in this excerpt from his Tantra Vartika, one of his commentaries on Jaimini's Purva Mimamsa ...
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Where is it written that Kshatriyas are eligible to eat meat?

The Smritis do not allow any of the twice borns to eat meat that is not first offered to Gods or Manes in sacrifice. Manu Smriti 5.31. ’The consumption of meat (is befitting) for sacrifices,’that ...
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In which caste was Lord Krishna born into?

There are verses in "Shreemad Bhagvatam" that points towards "Lord Shree Krishna's" relation with Pandavas. Although he has been raised in Gokula, Kunti mother of Pandavas was sister of Vasudeva (...
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What were the set of rights, permissions, duties or rules prescribed for Kshatriya caste?

The duties of Kshatriyas are mentioned in many scriptures. Let us take an example from the Kurma Purana: The kshatriyas constitute the second of the four classes. They were created from Brahma’s arms....
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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? Yes After the genocide of Kshatriyas by Parashuram, Kshetriya women used Brahmanas for enduring ...
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Why did Lord Parshurama kill the Kshatriya kings?

Story of Parashurama is mentioned in many Puranas and in the Mahabharata. I'm quoting a section of the Chapter 116 and 117 of the Vana Parva of Mahabharata. Parashurama was the son of Rishi ...
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Is Hinduism a bit partial to Kshatriyas?

"Hinduism" (a dharma and it's not same as a religion) is not about any impermanent worldly systems/customs/relations e.g., the varna-system. It is ultimately about mukti i.e salvation, and before that,...
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Does Geeta have gender and caste discrimination verses?

We are not in any kind of loss with these verses, the reason of these verses will fall in any of these three cases. Best case- There is no discrimination. - Lord Krishna paused while referring women,...
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Is Rajo guna the reason for allowing kings to have multiple wives?

According to the Smritis, how many wives a person can have depends on his Varna. ´There are four classes: Brahmin, Kshatriya, Vaishya and Shudra. Of these, according to the order of the classes, ...
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Can a Kshatriya man marry Vaishya woman?

Manu Smriti 3.12. For the first marriage of twice-born men (wives) of equal caste are recommended; but for those who through desire proceed (to marry again) the following females, (chosen) ...
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Where is it written that Kshatriyas are eligible to eat meat?

In Valmiki Ramayan: Kishkindha Kanda: Sarga 17, Vali (Bali) says: पञ्च पञ्च नखा भक्ष्या ब्रह्मक्षत्रेण राघव। शल्यकः श्श्वाविधो गोधा शशः कूर्मश्च पञ्चमः।।4.17.38/39।। O Rama, Brahmans and ...
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On doing what a Brahmin and Kshatriya lose his caste?

Generally by not following one's own duties (as per caste/Varna) and by following duties prescribed for others one looses their caste. Manu smriti 10.97. It is better (to discharge) one’s own (...
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Does Geeta have gender and caste discrimination verses?

The translation of Gita 9.32 is usually incorrect. māṁ hi pārtha vyapāśritya ye’pi syuḥ pāpa-yonayaḥ | striyo vaiśyās-tathā śūdrās-te’pi yānti parāṁ gatim || Gita 9.32 The word Papa Yoni is ...
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Leftover Kshatriyas after Lord Parashurama's genocide

In this chapter of the Shanti Parva of the Mahabharata, Bhumidevi goddess of the Earth tells the sage Kashyapa about the Kshatriyas who have survived: There are, O, regenerate one, some foremost of ...
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Were there sacraments to convert non-arya and arya but non-kshatriya kings to kshatriyas?

Yes, Brahmins performed such rituals which turned non Kshatriyas to Kshatriyas. One such instance is Hiranya Garbha (literally Golden Womb) ritual performed by Dantidurga, who is the founder of ...
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Is Rajo guna the reason for allowing kings to have multiple wives?

NO; the mode of Rajas has nothing to do with number of wives. It has obviously nothing to do with Kshatriya-s. Rajas is associated with "desires". All entities have mode of Rajas in them in some ...
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Where can I find the details about the weapons that kshatriyas had at olden times?

The Agni Purana contains a description of most of the weapons found in olden times. Chapter 249 divides weapons into the following categories: Yantramukta (projectile weapons such as the sling (...
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Do Kshatriyas exist in Kaliyuga

Yes. If you want scriptural injunctions for Kali Yuga, the easiest place to look would be Parashara Smriti: 1.24 For the Krita are suited the laws of Manu ; for the Treta, those by Gautama (are) ...
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What are the ancient & modern career options for a Kshatriya?

Let me first mention the general duties of the Kshatriya Varna with an excerpt from the Kurma Purana: The kshatriyas constitute the second of the four classes. They were created from Brahma’s arms. ...
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Is it always a sin to make weapons?

I have searched Parashara,Vashishta and Yajnavalkya Smritis for relevant verses.Unable to find any. The Manu smriti ,however,has a verse which says that the maker of bows and arrows are to be avoided(...
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Kshatriyas and alcohol consumption

Consumption of alcohol is not recommended in Hinduism, but it is allowed for special occasions and occupations (allowed for all vernas Except Brahmans). Kshatriyas may and commonly do eat meat (...
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Kshatriyas and alcohol consumption

This answer adds on to the accepted answer. In Manusmriti I could only find the following verses related to kshatriyas: 11.90. A twice-born man who has (intentionally) drunk, through delusion of mind,...
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Is meat eating outside of yajnas considered sin for Varnas like kshatriyas and sudras too?

As far as i have read, eating meat without any rituals is never really recommended in any Hindu scriptures. A Brahmana, engaged in the celebration of a religious sacrifice, becomes degraded by ...
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Can a Kshatriya man marry Vaishya woman?

This is what the chapter 113 of Markandeya Purana says in this regard A brahman who marries wives among all the castes, provided that he marries first a brahman woman, incurs no injury in his ...
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Can Sanyasis be rulers according to scriptures?

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 ...
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