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ahimsa

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In the Hindu, Buddhist, and Jainist tradition, respect for all living things and avoidance of violence towards others. The word comes from Sanskrit, from a ‘non-, without’ + hiṃsā ‘violence’.
Bhagavadgita

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A sacred Hindu poem composed between the 2nd century bc and the 2nd century ad and incorporated into the Mahabharata. Presented as a dialogue between the Kshatriya prince Arjuna and his divine ...
Bhārgava

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1 The name given to the descendants of the Vedic sage Bhṛgu. According to V. S. Sukthankar, the editor of its Critical Edition, the Mahābhārata, which was originally a kṣatriya work, was reworked and ...
Bṛhadāraṇyaka Upaniṣad

Bṛhadāraṇyaka Upaniṣad  

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(Skt., ‘of the Great Forest’).The longest and perhaps oldest of the principal Upaniṣads. Composed in prose style between c.8th and 6th cents. bce, it consists of six chapters attached ...
caste

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[De]A form of stratification in which an individual's social position is fixed at birth and cannot be changed. There is virtually no intermarriage between the members of different caste groups.
Dharam yudh

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(‘war of righteousness’).Sikh recognition that in some circumstances war is necessary. Gurū Nānak insisted that tyranny and injustice must be resisted, and Gurū Amar Dās told members of the ...
Duryodhana

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In the Mahābhārata, the eldest of the Kauravas. His magical ability to hide himself under the surface of a pool of water after most of his army has been destroyed ...
gāndharva marriage

gāndharva marriage  

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A marriage rite (vivāha), so-called because it is witnessed only by Gandharvas, which, according to Maṇusmṛti (3.32), takes the form of a mutually desired union between the bride and bridegroom ...
Janaka

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The king of Videha, he first appears in the Bṛhadāraṇyaka Upaniṣad (3.1.1) in a debate with Yājñavalkya. He is subsequently cited as an exemplar by Kṛṣṇa in the Bhagavadgītā (3.20), and appears ...
Karṇa

Karṇa  

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A major figure in the Mahābhārata, and perhaps the character most obviously resembling a Western ‘tragic hero’. An ally of Duryodhana, he is actually the Pāṇḍavas' older half-brother, although this ...
kingship

kingship  

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As a construct, a topic extensively treated in a number of Hindu texts, especially in relation to dharma. According to Dharmaśāstra, the king, as the conduit for divine power, should be regarded as ...
Ksatriya

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The Oxford Companion to Military History

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the second highest of the four varnas, or social classes, of Hindu India. The Ksatriya has traditionally been the military

kṣatriya

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A Dictionary of Buddhism

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(Skt.; Pāli, khattiya).

The noble or warrior caste, the second of the four castes.

kṣatriya

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A Dictionary of Hinduism

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A member of the second varṇa, the warrior, governing, or princely class. Initially referred to as the rājanya (‘kingly’)

Kṣatriya

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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of World Religions

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The second classification in the four varnas of Hinduism. In its strict sense, it means ‘a warrior’, but it embraces

Mahāvīra

Mahāvīra  

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1 An honorific applied to a spiritual ‘hero’.2 (Vardhamāna) (5th century bce) The name by which the twenty-fourth Jaina teacher, or Jina, is best known.
Manu

Manu  

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Hindu lawgiver to whom is attributed Manusmṛti (The Laws of Manu). If historical, he may have been of the Kṣatriya varṇa, and was probably the compiler of legal traditions antecedent to him.[...]
Nepal

Nepal  

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Nepal has deposed its king and declared a republic but is struggling to maintain peaceNepal's territory can be divided roughly into three bands descending from north to south. The northernmost band ...
Pāṇḍavas

Pāṇḍavas  

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Five kṣatriya ‘brothers’ of the Kuru lineage, Yudhiṣṭhira, Bhīma, Arjuna, and the twins, Nakula and Sahadeva, the heroes of the epic Mahābhārata, which recounts their battle for sovereignty against ...
Paraśurāma

Paraśurāma  

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(in Mahābhārata) (‘According to the Vaiṣṇava Purāṇic texts and the Mahābhārata, Paraśurāma is the sixth avatāra of Viṣṇu; he owes his name to his decapitation of twenty generations of kṣatriyas in ...

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