The Kshatriyas are a large block of Hindu castes, mainly located in the northern half of India. The Sanskrit term Kshatrā means "warrior, ruler," and identifies the second varna, ranking immediately below the Brahmans. No doubt, most of the many castes that claim to be Kshatriya are somehow descended from warriors who were in the service of princes and rulers or who were of royal families. Conversely, numerous rulers have legitimized their status, especially if usurpers, by claiming that their lineage was indeed Kshatriya. Most typical and best known of these groups are the Rajputs, who once formed the many princely houses of Rajasthan (former Rajputana) and neighboring areas. Of course, today most Kshatriyas are landowners or follow urban professions.

Although they rank high in the varna system, Kshatriyas may and commonly do eat meat (though never beef), and many also take alcoholic drinks; both of these characteristics set them apart from the Brahmans.

It is perhaps no mere coincidence that Mahavira and Gautama, the founders of Jainism and Buddhism respectively, were of this social category. It can be argued that their spiritual voyages in the sixth century B . C . were both prompted by reaction to the excessive ritualism that marked the Vedic sacrifice of the purohita (priests). Some centuries later there was a general understanding that Kshatriyas would abstain from wordly pleasures while they fought to protect the polity and the Brahmans' place in it. But in fact—if Rajput history can be taken as a guide—Kshatriya warriors when not actually on the battlefield surrounded themselves with luxurious palaces, multiple wives and concubines, fine horses and falcons, and all the pleasures of eating cooked meats.

See also Rajput


Fox, Richard G. (1971). Kin, Clan, Raja, and Rule: State-Hinterland Relations in Preindustriai India. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Tod, James (1829-32). Annals and Antiquities of Rajasthan, or the Central and Western Rajpoot States of India. Rev. ed., edited by William Crooke. 1920. London: Oxford University Press. Numerous reprints.


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Jun 19, 2011 @ 12:12 pm
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Nov 29, 2011 @ 3:15 pm
What did the Kshatriyans wear? what were their families like? And What were they most educated on? Thanks :)
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Jul 4, 2012 @ 2:14 pm
There is an excellent history book documented Sahdev Vohra called "Punjab Then and Now" that describes first hand events on the subject. "50 years of Pakistan" is another book by same author, also a reliable resource.
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Nov 7, 2012 @ 5:17 pm
What a great information site about the Kshatriyas! I had to use this information for my social studies class in sixth grade. I would definitely reccomend it to others looking for information about this Indian tribe.
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Dec 16, 2012 @ 4:16 pm
I find difficulty in understanding the dichotomy of a warrior caste, whose profession presumably is fighting and maiming others, and finding themselves as royalty classed only below the Brahmins. No disrespect, but Please help me understand this apparent antithesis, which is puzzling in a society based on karma. Do not quote Mahabharata.
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Nov 2, 2014 @ 3:03 am
Kshatriyas are also known as religious warriors, they just don't fight and maim others, there are codes that determines there duty toward religion and those who are weak or innocent . In the period when Kshatriya ruled the country India was also known as "bird of gold".
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May 8, 2015 @ 8:08 am
WHAT was the gotra of bhisma pitamah of of kuru vansh. Is there any kshatriya communities imin Manipur.
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Aug 21, 2015 @ 6:06 am
Hi, Everyone.. I am glad to see that there are people across the globe interested to know about us Kshatriyas
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Sep 25, 2015 @ 3:15 pm
Very nice info i am prouded by this clan. But i am sad about unity of rajput. Government cheat us but we are silent .i would say that every rajput have a resposibliy to help eachother
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Apr 20, 2016 @ 2:14 pm
hindu cast system- what are the jobs in each cast???
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May 13, 2016 @ 11:11 am
kshatriyas are the most powerfull cast in India. They always secrifise thiere life for motherland.
There was many kingdom's in India before it merged into the Indian Union in 1948.
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May 30, 2017 @ 4:04 am
Hi all, I am proud to be a Kshatriya born myself same time we respect each and every religion,communities and people for One ness and Unity, Yet since we are Kshatriyas are born leaders and rulers and protecters , I Love Myself Being Kshatriya on this Planet Earth :)

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