From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Duties of a Suta[edit]

A suta was one who was born to a kṣattriya father and a brāhmaṇa mother. His occupation was to:

  • Drive the chariot of the king
  • Cook for the king
  • Take care of king's elephants and horses
  • Tender king with suitable advice on kingly duties
  • Serve the brāhmaṇas
  • Maintain the vaṅśavṛkṣa[1] of kings
  • Practice as a vaidya[2] after getting duly qualified


  1. Vaṅiśavṛkṣa means pedigrees.
  2. Vaidya means doctor.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore