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In Hinduism

Dhanurveda (science of warfare)

Heti (हेति) refers to Agni’s weapon. 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.


1a) Heti (हेति).—A Rākṣasa and a son of Yātudhāna; follower of Vṛtra against Indra; took part in a Devāsura war between Bali and Indra.1

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa VI. 10. 20; VIII. 10. 20 and 28.

1b) The Rākṣasa presiding over the month of Madhu.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa XII. 11. 33; Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 23. 4; III. 7. 89.

1c) A Rākṣasa, and a son of Brahmā; performed severe austerities for a hundred thousand divine years by living on air and dried leaf with face and hands turned upwards and the little finger of foot planted on earth; got a boon that he must not be killed by implements, or gods or men; Heti defeated the gods and became Indra himself; the gods gave the gadā to Viṣṇu to kill Heti and hence ādigadādhara; Heti was killed and taken to heaven;1 with the sun in spring;2 in the sun's chariot in the months of Caitra and Madhu.3

  • 1) Vāyu-purāṇa 109. 5-12, 25; 111. 75.
  • 2) Ib. 52. 5.
  • 3) Viṣṇu-purāṇa II. 10. 3.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

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The Purāṇas (पुराण, purana) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahāpurāṇas total over 400,000 ślokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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