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In Hinduism

Dhanurveda (science of warfare)

Jambha (जम्भ) refers to a weapon (“quiver”; also known as Jambhana). 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) Jambha (जम्भ).—Father of Kayādhū, and chief of Asuras. Took part in the 6th Devāsura war between Bali and Indra. Fought with Vṛṣā-Kapi. Hearing that Bali had fallen dead Jambha riding on a lion attacked Indra and disabled his elephant. He then turned towards Mātali who brought a chariot to Indra's aid. But his head was cut off by Indra's vajra.1 Led Tāraka's army in a chariot of 100 lions; fought with Yama, Kubera, Janārdana and others but was finally killed.2

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa VI. 18. 12; VIII. 10. 21-32; 11. 13-18; Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 6. 10; 72. 81 and 105; Vāyu-purāṇa 97. 103.
  • 2) Matsya-purāṇa 47. 72; 148. 42-54; chh 150-53; 245. 12. Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 6. 14; V. 14. 14.

1b) A son of Bhāṣkala.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 5. 38.

1c) A son of Virocana, and father of four sons.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 67. 76.

1d) A Nāga.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 69. 69.
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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