Kshatradharma, aka: Kshatra-dharma, Kṣatradharma; 6 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit term Kṣatradharma can be transliterated into English as Ksatradharma or Kshatradharma, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism


[Kshatradharma in Purana glossaries]

1a) Kṣatradharma (क्षत्रधर्म).—The son of Aṅenas, father of Pratipakṣa. His line ended with Kṛtadharma.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 68. 7 and 11.

1b) A son of Samkṛti and the last of the Kṣatravṛddha line.*

  • * Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 9. 27.
(Source): Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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General definition (in Hinduism)

[Kshatradharma in Hinduism glossaries]

Kshatradharma (क्षात्रधर्म): This is a form of spiritual practice that involves "Protection of the seekers and destruction of the evildoers". In other words, it is the duty of fighting against evil as told by lord Krishna to Arjuna in the Bhagavad Gita.

(Source): WikiPedia: Hinduism

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

[Kshatradharma in Mahayana glossaries]

Kṣatradharma (क्षत्रधर्म) refers to “knowledge of military arts”, having its roots in the four Vedas, according Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter IV). Accordingly, at the time of the Buddha, the knowledge of military arts (kṣatradharma) was commonly exchanged between Brahmins and cow-herders.

(Source): Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra
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Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

[Kshatradharma in Marathi glossaries]

kṣātradharma (क्षात्रधर्म).—m S kṣātravrata n S The duty, province, or proper business of the kṣatriya.

(Source): DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

kṣātradharma (क्षात्रधर्म) [-vrata, -व्रत].—n The duty or province of the kṣatriya.

(Source): DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English
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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

[Kshatradharma in Sanskrit glossaries]

Kṣatradharma (क्षत्रधर्म).—

1) bravery, military heroism; क्षत्रधर्महतः (kṣatradharmahataḥ) Ms.5.98.

2) the duties of a Kṣatriya.

Derivable forms: kṣatradharmaḥ (क्षत्रधर्मः).

Kṣatradharma is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms kṣatra and dharma (धर्म).

(Source): DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family. Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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