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

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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...

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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’) class, the ideal member of the kṣatriya varṇa is the king , who, from the Brahmanical perspective, is the model householder ( gṛhastha ) and patron of the sacrifice ( yajamāna ). Through his power and wealth, he supports the brahmin class and its ideology, but is classified by the latter as less pure , and so of a ritually lower status. In reality, the kṣatriyas usually exercised political or economic supremacy; this has been...

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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 all those involved in kṣatra...

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The Oxford Companion to Military History

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... ( Sanskrit ) (also known as Kshatriya ), the second highest of the four varnas, or social classes, of Hindu India. The Ksatriya has traditionally been the military or ruling class. Early Vedic texts make a distinction between the ordinary members of the Aryan tribe that had subjugated much of northern India and the warrior nobility referred to as the Ksatriya. Initially they came first in the developing varna or caste system that the Aryans used to classify their society between priests, warriors, and free peasants or traders. A hymn of the Rig-Veda...

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The Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism

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...kṣatriya . ( P. khattiya ; T. rgyal rigs ; C. chali ; J. setsuri ; K. ch’alli 刹利 ‎ ). In Sanskrit, “warrior” or “royalty”; the second of the four castes of traditional Indian society, along with priests (brāhmaṇa), merchants (vaiśya), and servants (śūdra). As the son of the Śākya king, Śuddhodana , the soon-to-be buddha Gautama belonged to the kṣatriya caste. Many of the leading figures in the śramaṇa movement, ascetic wanderers who stood in opposition to the brāhmaṇa priests of traditional Vedic religion, derived primarily from people of...

ksatriya

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The second classification in the four varnas of Hinduism. In its strict sense, it means ‘a warrior’, but it embraces all those involved in kṣatra.
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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.[...]
rājanya

rājanya  

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An ancient name for the kṣatriya varṇa.
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 ...
sūta

sūta  

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A charioteer (i.e. the driver of a chariot carrying a king or a kṣatriya), who, in the Epics and Purāṇas, is also a narrator or royal bard (e.g. Saṃjaya in the Mahābhārata). According to Manusmṛti ...
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 ...
svayaṃvara

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For the daughter of a royal or a kṣatriya family, a way of selecting a husband which takes the form of either of a public contest between her suitors, or an assembly at which the bride-to-be simply ...
Twice-born

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An epithet of the first three varnas, brahmans, kṣatriyas, and vaiśyas, since the males of these three groups are seen as achieving a second, spiritual, birth (dvija, ‘twice-born’) at the ...
Vasiṣṭha

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Prominent ṛṣi of the Vedic Hindu period. To him is attributed Ṛg Veda 7. 18; and to him also the victory of the Brahmanas over the Kṣatriyas is ascribed.
Śuddhodana

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The father of Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha. According to Buddhist sources he was a king (rāja) of the Śākya people, although historically the Śākyas may have had a republican constitution. ...
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(1627–1680)The leader of the Marāṭhā resistance to the Mughal rule of Aurangzeb. He successfully established an independent kingdom in Maharashtra, and at his coronation in Pune in 1674 (conducted by ...
rājasūya

rājasūya  

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By the Brahmanical period, an elaborate and complex Vedic śrauta ritual, extending over a period of two years or more. Only a kṣatriya could perform it, since it is the means by which the sacrificer ...
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 ...
svadharma

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According to Dharmaśāstra, the duty (dharma) thought to be enjoined on an individual by virtue of their birth into a particular varṇa, and modified according to their gender and stage of life ...
sacred thread

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A ‘sacrificial’ cord with which males of the first three varṇa are invested at upanayana. The thin, knotted cord is passed over the head, and is thereafter normally worn suspended over the left ...

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