Harivamshapurana, Harivaṃśapurāṇa, Harivamsha-purana: 1 definition


Harivamshapurana 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.

The Sanskrit term Harivaṃśapurāṇa can be transliterated into English as Harivamsapurana or Harivamshapurana, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Dhanurveda (science of warfare)

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Source: Knowledge Traditions & Practices of India: Martial Arts Traditions: A Survey

Harivaṃśapurāṇa (हरिवंशपुराण) is the name of a Sanskrit text partly dealing with the ancient Indian science of martial arts (dhanurveda).—According to the Harivaṃśa Purāṇa, both Śrī Kṛṣṇa and his brother Balarāma were masters of the art of wrestling. Śarira-bala (physical strength) was gained through various krīḍa (games) including the martial arts. Various disciplines such as śastravidyā, knowledge of arms, dhanurvidyā, archery, khaḍgavidyā, aśvārohaṇa, horse riding and fighting on horseback, and gajarohaṇa, fighting on elephant back, were widely practised. The gadā or mace was also used during these bouts.

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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.

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