Datra, aka: Dātra; 2 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Dhanurveda (science of warfare)

Dātra (दात्र) refers to a kind of weapon (sickle). It is a Sanskrit word defined in the Dhanurveda-saṃhitā, which contains a list of no less than 117 weapons. The Dhanurveda-saṃhitā is said to have been composed by the sage Vasiṣṭha, who in turn transmitted it trough a tradition of sages, which can eventually be traced to Śiva and Brahmā.

(Source): Wisdom Library: Dhanurveda
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Dhanurveda (धनुर्वेद) refers to the “knowledge of warfare” and, as an upaveda, is associated with the Ṛgveda. It contains instructions on warfare, archery and ancient Indian martial arts, dating back to the 2nd-3rd millennium BCE.

General definition (in Hinduism)

Dātra (दात्र, ‘cutter’), denoting a ‘sickle,’ is mentioned in the Rigveda. Cows ‘with sickle-shaped marks on their ears’ (dātra-karṇyaḥ) are referred to in the Maitrāyaṇī-saṃhitā. Otherwise the expression is only found later, occurring in the Sūtra and epic literature. See also Sṛṇi.

(Source): archive.org: Vedic index of Names and Subjects

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