Agneyastra, aka: Āgneyāstra, Agneya-astra; 5 Definition(s)


Agneyastra means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Āgneyāstra (आग्नेयास्त्र).—A powerful weapon or missile. One night Arjuna fought against a gandharva, Aṅgāraparṇa, on the banks of the river Ganges. Arjuna then described to him how he came into possession of this missile. This powerful missile was given first to Bhāradvāja by Bṛhaspati and Bharadvāja gave it to Agniveśya who in turn gave it to Droṇa and the latter gave it to Arjuna, his most favourite disciple. (Ślokas 29-30, Chapter 170, Ādi Parva, Mahābhārata).

Source: Puranic Encyclopaedia

Āgneyāstra (आग्नेयास्त्र).—Given to Sagara by Bhārgava (Aurva).*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 88. 124 and 135; Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 3. 37.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

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Āgneyāstra (आग्नेयास्त्र, “the fire weapon”) is a Sanskrit word for a weapon used in Purāṇic literature, such as the Devī-bhāgavata-purāṇa (9.20.22-53), where it was in the presence of Devī Bhadrakālī, who was preparing for the war between Śankhacūḍa with the Devas.

Source: Wisdom Library: Śāktism
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Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

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General definition (in Hinduism)

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Āgneyāstra (आग्नेयास्त्र): Āgneyāstra is the fire weapon, incepted by God Agni, master of the flames.

Source: WikiPedia: Hinduism

Āgneyāstra (आग्नेयास्त्र).—A powerful weapon belonging to the demigod Agni. Arjuna received this weapon from his preceptor, Droṇa.

Source: ISKCON Press: Glossary

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