Vajrayudha, aka: Vajrāyudha, Vajra-āyudha, Vajra-ayudha; 7 Definition(s)
Vajrayudha 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.
Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)
On the day Murukan was born, Intiran became his enemy and tried to destroy him with his Vaccirayutam Halics (vajrayudha). The six at once became one with six faces and twelve hands. The devas each gave Him an instrument, separated from their bodies, to fight against Intiran: The goat, peacock, cock, bow, maran, sword, spear, kotari, malu, kanali, garland and bells. He holds them in His twelve hands and appears majestic with them (Paripatal.5:55-70).Source: murugan: Murukan in Cankam Literature
Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.
Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)
1) Indra has a powerful weapon called vajrāyudha (said to have been formed out of the bones of the Ṛṣi Dadhīca or Dadhīci), the thunder bolt. This nāma (Vajriṇī, वज्रिणी, nāma 944) says that Lalitāmbikā holds vajrāyudha in Her hand to destroy the sinners. The nāma could also mean that She is bedecked with diamonds and gems.
2) It is also said that Indra obtained his famous and the deadliest of his armouries called vajrāyudha after performing penance on Vajreśī. She was pleased with Indra’s penance and gave him this armour and then only Indra could return to his world.Source: Manblunder: Lalitha Sahasranama
Vajrāyudha was given to Indra by Lalitāmbikā. Vajrāyudha is made of the spinal cord of a great sage Dadhīci, who was constantly meditation on Her. Lalitāmbikā, in appreciation of his penance, took him with Her by offering him liberation through Vajreśī, a goddess on the banks of river Vajrā, whose darśan we had when we were in the open space between 11th and 12th forts. The spinal cord of Dadhīci after his liberation was given to Indra as his weapon to destroy demons.
Vajrāyudha is considered as one of the most potent weapons. Kṛṣṇa talks about Indra on three occasions in Bhagavad Gītā (Chapter X). He says, “I am Indra, among gods”; “Among elephants, I am Airāvata (Indra’s elephant vehicle)” and “Among thunderbolts, I am vajrāyudha.”Source: Manblunder: Journey to Śrī Cakrā
Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.
Purana and Itihasa (epic history)
Vajrāyudha (वज्रायुध).—(Thunderbolt). The famous weapon of Indra. The making of this weapon. In olden days a fierce asura named Vṛtra was born. The Kālakeyas and many other asuras became his followers. They began to create havoc in the world, and cause harm to the Devas. At last under the leadership of Indra, the Devas went to Brahmā and informed him of their grievances and requested for advice as to the way of killing Vṛtra. Brahmā told them that only with a weapon made of the bone of the hermit Dadhīca, could Vṛtrāsura be killed. The Devas went to the bank of the river Śoṇa and saw the hermit Dadhīca, who was the foremost of munificent men, doing penance there. Indra told him the purpose of their visit. He told the Devas to take his bone, if it was useful to them. Saying this he forsook his body. The Devas took the bones of the hermit and gave them to Viśvakarmā who made a powerful weapon with them and gave that to Indra. They named the weapon the 'thunderbolt.' (Mahābhārata Vana Parva, Chapter 100). (See full article at Story of Vajrāyudha from the Puranic encyclopaedia by Vettam Mani)Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopaedia
The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.
Katha (narrative stories)
Vajrāyudha (वज्रायुध) is the warder of Mahendrāditya, a world-conquering king (jagajjayin) from Avanti, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 120. Accordingly, as sage Kaṇva narrated to Naravāhanadatta: “... and that king [Mahendrāditya] had a great minister named Sumati, and a warder named Vajrāyudha, in whose family the office was hereditary. With these the king remained ruling his realm, propitiating Śiva, and ever bearing various vows in order to obtain a son”.
The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Vajrāyudha, is a famous Sanskrit epic story revolving around prince Naravāhanadatta and his quest to become the emperor of the vidyādharas (celestial beings). The work is said to have been an adaptation of Guṇāḍhya’s Bṛhatkathā consisting of 100,000 verses, which in turn is part of a larger work containing 700,000 verses.Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara
Katha (कथा, kathā) refers to narrative Sanskrit literature often inspired from epic legendry (itihasa) and poetry (mahākāvya). Some Kathas reflect socio-political instructions for the King while others remind the reader of important historical event and exploits of the Gods, Heroes and Sages.
General definition (in Hinduism)
Vajrayudha (वज्रयुद्ध): The weapon with which Indra killed Visvarupa on suspicion because his mother belonged to the asura tribe of daityas.Source: WikiPedia: Hinduism
Languages of India and abroad
Vajrāyudha (वज्रायुध).—an epithet of Indra.
Derivable forms: vajrāyudhaḥ (वज्रायुधः).
Vajrāyudha is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms vajra and āyudha (आयुध).Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family. Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.
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Trishashti Shalaka Purusha Caritra (by Helen M. Johnson)
Part 3: Kṣemaṅkara’s omniscience < [Chapter III - Eighth incarnation as Vajrāyudha]
Part 2: Spring festival < [Chapter III - Eighth incarnation as Vajrāyudha]
Part 1: Incarnation as Vajrāyudha (introduction) < [Chapter III - Eighth incarnation as Vajrāyudha]
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Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra (by Gelongma Karma Migme Chödrön)
Story of the gift of the flesh of king Śibi < [Part 4 - The Bodhisattva in the Abhidharma system]
The history of Andhra country (1000 AD - 1500 AD) (by Yashoda Devi)
Part 3 - Gonka II (A.D. 1137—1161-62) < [Chapter I - The Velanandu Chodas of Tsandavole (A.D. 1020-1286)]
The Mirror of Gesture (abhinaya-darpana) (by Ananda Coomaraswamy)