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Kshatriya \Ksha"tri*ya\ (ksh[.a]"tr[-e]*y[.a]), Kshatruya \Ksha"tru*ya\, n. [Skr. kshatriya one belonging to the military caste.] The military caste, the second of the four great Hindu castes; also, a member of that caste. See Caste. [India]


n. 1 The second-highest of the four castes or varnas in traditional Indian society: the warrior or military caste. 2 A member of this caste.


Kshatriya (from kshatra, "rule, authority") is one of the four varna (social orders) of the Hindu society. The Sanskrit term kshatriya is used in the context of Vedic society wherein members organised themselves into four classes: brahmin, kshatriya, vaishya and shudra. Traditionally, the kshatriya constituted the ruling and military elite. Their role was to protect society by fighting in wartime and governing in peacetime. The Prakrit derivative of Kshatriya is " Khatri".

Kshatriya (film)

Kshatriya (Warriors) is a 1993 Bollywood film directed by J.P. Dutta. It features an ensemble star cast including Sunil Dutt, Dharmendra, Meenakshi Seshadri, Vinod Khanna, Sanjay Dutt, Sunny Deol, Raveena Tandon and Divya Bharti. Sunil Dutt and Dharmendra play fathers to their real-life sons: Sanjay Dutt and Sunny Deol, respectively (Even though Sunil and Sanjay did not actually share screen space). This was Divya Bharti's last film to be released while she was alive; she died 10 days after its release. The story of movie was similar to Parampara (1993 film) released after this movie. Both the movies were multistarrer films and failed to create good business at the box office. Sunil Dutt, Vinod Khanna and Raveena Tandon were common actors in both the movies.

Usage examples of "kshatriya".

One asserts the right of a brahmin to demand dakshina from a kshatriya.

Vishnu-avatar Parasurama had the right idea, hewing down kshatriyas with his ax, except he should have taken his blade to brahmin necks instead.

Later, with the Hindu shift toward pacifism and nonviolence, the brahmin, or priestly caste, became predominant, with kshatriyas shifting into the second-highest position from around the fifth century A.

The rakshaks were the subcaste of kshatriyas entrusted with the task of guarding the outposts, ports, bridges, and causeways of the Arya nations.

Then we are allowed to bind our wounds, while the Ye-tai and the kshatriyas enjoy the plunder.

The royal nephews made heavy going of the effort, despite the assistance of several kshatriya.

Before following, Ajatasutra ordered the kshatriya still in the kathisma to join Balban.

Cunda - concerning whom the Tibetan Taranatha relates a fairy tale: 'Lucky for him was it that the son of the tree nymph and the Kshatriya chose her as patron, for with her help he slew the wicked queen whose bed every night was a grave for a new king of Bengal.