Vajrayudha, Vajrāyudha, Vajra-āyudha, Vajra-ayudha: 8 definitions


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In Hinduism

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

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Source: murugan: Murukan in Cankam Literature

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).

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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.

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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

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Source: Manblunder: Lalitha Sahasranama

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: Journey to Śrī Cakrā

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.”

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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.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

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)

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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.

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Kavya (poetry)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

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.

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Kavya (काव्य, kavya) refers to Sanskrit poetry, a popular ancient Indian tradition of literature. There have been many Sanskrit poets over the ages, hailing from ancient India and beyond. This topic includes mahakavya, or ‘epic poetry’ and natya, or ‘dramatic poetry’.

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General definition (in Hinduism)

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Source: WikiPedia: Hinduism

Vajrayudha (वज्रयुद्ध): The weapon with which Indra killed Visvarupa on suspicion because his mother belonged to the asura tribe of daityas.

Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Vajrāyudha (वज्रायुध).—an epithet of Indra.

Derivable forms: vajrāyudhaḥ (वज्रायुधः).

Vajrāyudha is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms vajra and āyudha (आयुध).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Vajrāyudha (वज्रायुध).—n. of a yakṣa: Māy 11.

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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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