Kshatriya or Kshetreya means protector of gentle people. It is the warrior caste in the traditional Indian caste system and formed before the Brahmins obtained the superior position. Warrior caste includes the aristocratic or landowning-ruling classes and kings. This caste originated due to the gradual establishment of a monopoly on military training by a section of the people.

Updated on 7th June, 2005


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