Krauncastra, aka: Krauñcāstra, Kraunca-astra; 1 Definition(s)


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Alternative spellings of this word include Kraunchastra.

In Hinduism

Dhanurveda (science of warfare)

Krauñcāstra (क्रौञ्चास्त्र) refers to a mythical 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.

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