Brahmakshatriya or Murdhabhishikta is (a) a term applied in Hindu varna division to people who have a Brahmin father and a Kshatriya mother; or (b) a term that applies, in the Hindu varna division, to a Brahmin who pursues royalty, and hence concurrently adopts the Kshatriya varna. According to Manusmriti, such people are treated equal to Brahmins. Parasurama is a classical example of a Brahmakshatriya. In Kerala, only the sons of a Nambuthiri father and a Kshatriya mother were recognized as Brahmakshatriya by the Nambuthiri Brahmins, while the son of a Brahmakshatriya father and a Brahmakshatriya mother was regarded as non-Kshatriya.
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