Kshatriya, from (holder of) Kshatra (rule or authority), is one of the four varnas (social orders) in Hinduism.

Traditionally, Kshatriya constitute the ruling & military elite of the Vedic-Hindu social system outlined by the Vedas and the Laws of Manu. They were in charge of the protection of the Hindu society by fighting in wartime and governing in peacetime.

The Kshatriya caste members have held power for centuries in India. Kshatriyas are responsible for upholding justice and social harmony.
The Marathas and Rajputs are Kshatriyas.
by Bhonsle January 25, 2013
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