Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Wikipedia.



(Sanskrit, from kshatra, “dominion,” “rule”), one of the four main varnas, or social estates of ancient India.

The Kshatriya varna originated among Aryan tribes in the pre-Indian period as a result of the separation of military and government functions from productive labor when the primitive society was in the stage of decay. In the ancient Indian states, the Kshatriyas, who constituted the military and tribal aristocracy, assumed the ruling political and economic position; they were the rulers of states, officials, landowners, and professional soldiers. By the middle of the first millennium A.D. membership in the Kshatriya varna had ceased to determine the composition of the ruling class. In the Middle Ages it existed only as a traditional idea; for example, members of the military feudal Rajput caste, who had no hereditary link with the ancient varna, were called Kshatriyas.


Kane, P. V. History of Dharmasastra, vol. 2, part 1. Poona, 1941. Chapter 2.
Law, B. C. Ancient Mid-Indian Kshatriya Tribes. Calcutta, 1924.
References in periodicals archive ?
Mahapadma Nanda has been described in the Purina's as the destroyer of all the Kshatriyas (Sarvakshatrantaka), and as a second Parsurama or Bhargava.
Amit Kshatriya Kshatriya started his career at Johnson as an instructor for the space station robotics system responsible for training multiple space shuttle and station crews.
103); when telling the truth will result in the execution of a shudra, vaishya, kshatriya, or a Brahmin, a man may tell a lie.
The four distinct Varnas or castes that are mutually exclusive, hereditary, endogamous, and occupation-specific are the Brahmins (priests), Kshatriyas (warriors), Vaisyas (traders & merchants), and Sudras (those engaged in menial jobs).
Legends and myths of brave Rajput, Aryan, and Kshatriya women of the past were invoked through many tracts.
Arjuna, the Commander in Chief of the Pandava army, refused to fight as he was confused, at the last moment, on the swadharma (moral duty of an individual according to his own varna and ashrama) of Kshatriya, whose professional duty is to shoulder the responsibilities of administration and to fight in a battle, when necessary.
It begins with her family's mythic origins as members of the Kshatriya warrior-king caste, created by the half-god, half-goddess Ardhanarishvara to defend the world against demonic forces and corrupt priests.
We are seeing the formation of a new Indian caste - a caste of rulers different from India's traditional Kshatriya caste - before our very eyes.
Tibetan warrior monks retain traditions of Shakyamuni Buddha, a kshatriya or Warrior-Caste Hindu, trained in The Five Arts of the Warrior Kshatriyas in a style practiced today called Simhavikridatta (Lion's Skill) of the Vajramushti Diamond-Thunderbolt Fist Martial Art (Goldstein 1964).
Peoples in Kshatriya castes innately possess courage, prowess, valor, and rulership--power of the "sword.
Brahmins (priests and teachers) were at the apex, Kshatriya (rulers and warriors), Vaishya (merchants and managers) and Shwdra (artisans and workers) occupied the lower levels.
Erasmus BFN, Van Jaarsveld AS, Chown SL, Kshatriya M, Wessels KJ.