Answer :

1. According to the shastras, only kshatriyas could be kings.

2. However several important ruling lineages probably had different origins, for example the Mauryas, who ruled over a large empire, were probably of “Low Origin”. Mauryas were considered Kshatriyas by many people.


3. The Shakas who came from central Asia were regarded as Mlechchhas, barbarians and outsiders.


4. The best known ruler of the Satvahana dynasty, Gotami –Putra Siri Satakani , claimed to be a unique Brahmana and destroyer of the pride of Kshatriyas . At the same time he also entered into a marriage alliance with the king of Rudra Daman (a Shaka ruler) in fact, the political power was effectively open to anyone who could muster support and resources, and rarely depended on birth as a Kshatriya.


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