kṣatra क्षत्र

Definition: In the general sense of dominion,’ ‘ rule,’ power,’ as exercised by gods and men, occurs frequently from the Rigveda onwards. The word is also found in the concrete sense of ‘ rulers ’ in the Rigveda and later; but in no case does it in the Rigveda certainly mean what it regularly denotes in the later Samhitās, the ruling class as opposed to the priests (Brahman), the subject people (Viś, Vaiśya), and the servile class (Sūdra). See also Ksatriya. A Ksatra-pati is several times mentioned as an equivalent of king.


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