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Showing posts with label kshatriya. Show all posts

Hinduism - Who Are The Kshatriya In A Hindu Society?

 


The kshatriyas were the second most powerful of the four main social groupings in ancient Hindu social philosophy (varnas).

The kshatriyas' role was to rule, defend, and maintain social order in order for the other varnas to carry out their duties.

This picture is represented in the Purusha Sukta, a creation narrative.

The kshatriyas are said to have been produced from the shoulders of the Primeval Man and are associated with strength and power.

In actuality, the kshatriya varna may have been the most permeable of all, since anybody with the authority to govern was sometimes granted de facto kshatriya rank, which could be maintained in subsequent generations by a fictional genealogy.

The Rajputs (“king's sons”), who governed wide swaths of northern and western India at various periods, but whose roots are hazy and ambiguous, are perhaps the clearest illustration of this phenomenon.

 


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Hinduism - What Are The Two Hindu Initiation Ceremonies Of Upanayana Samskara And Diksha?

 

In general, an initiation is a ceremony in which a person is bestowed with new powers, abilities, and responsibilities.

There are two main ceremonies of religious initiation in the Hindu religion.

The upanayana samskara, also known as the "second birth," is a teenage religious initiation performed on a "twice-born" male—that is, a member of the brahmin, kshatriya, or vaishya group.

The second form of initiation, diksha, is bestowed on a person at the discretion of a guru or religious preceptor and has no restrictions on who may get it or when.

 


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